The Flight Instructor certificate allows individuals to provide training to pilots. Long considered the doctoral degree of aviation, the flight instructor certificate is a mark of distinction that few pilots ever attain. Many pilots wishing to enter professional aviation positions become Certificated Flight Instructors in order to build the necessary experience.
Choosing the CFI Path to a Professional Aviation Career Brings the Pilot a Number of Benefits
- Accumulating flight experience necessary to build a career resume
- Building personal skills through teaching others
- And of course, getting paid to Fly!
Types of Flight Instructor Certificates
- Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
Allows for the training of private pilot students.
- Certified Flight Instructor (CFII)
Allows for the training of instrument pilot students.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language.
- Hold at least a valid second-class medical certificate.
- No minimum hourly requirement for the Flight Instructor Certificates. Student averages vary upon individual circumstances.
- Pass a knowledge test as well as the practical test.