The CFI course is designed to take a commercial pilot through the completion of a Flight Instructor Rating. A CFI is required to teach other pilots and to conduct flight reviews. In addition to CFI training is available for Flight Instructor Instrument Airplane "CFII", Multi Engine Instructor "MEI"
Must hold a Commercial Pilots License and an Instrument rating for the instructor rating sought Airplane Single Engine or Airplane Multi Engine and a current medical to be able to act as pilot in command
The CFI initial course is a very detailed, thorough, and comprehensive course that requires hard work and dedication on the part of the student and the instructor. The course typically includes around 50 hours of ground school, and (depending on proficiency) 10-15 hours of flight training. This course is not as much about piloting skills as the student already holds a commercial pilots license. This course is about mastering the art of teaching.
Ground training will include fundamentals of instruction and flight instructor aeronautical knowledge. The applicant will spend a lot of time self-studying and practice teaching under the supervision of a experienced instructor. Applicants will be required to pass FAA written exams on (FOI) fundamentals of instruction and CFI airplane knowledge test.
Flight training portion will all types of private, commercial, and CFI maneuvers while teaching from the right seat. Also included in the flight training portion of this course is the required spin awareness, entry, and recovery techniques. Applicants are required to pass a practical test (checkride) at the completion of the course with either the FAA or a Designated Pilot Examiner
By teaching others, CFI's are constantly being challenged to learn, enhancing their capabilities to comprehend and communicate. CFI's have the opportunity to exponentially grow their experience by improving and refining their piloting and communication skills. A CFI will personally impact the safety and proficiency of the pilots they train, but there's also the critically important role CFI's play in impacting the future of aviation. Teaching someone to fly is a great reward.
The CFII training course typically consist of about 15-25 hours of flight training and about 10-20 hours of ground training for applicants who hold a CFI and are instrument proficient. The ground and flight training will include teaching good instrument scan, instrument navigation, traditional and modern GPS based equipment use, various instrument approaches like ILS, GPS, VOR, SDF, NDB etc..,instrument emergency procedures, unusual attitude entry and recovery procedures, and much more. Applicants will be required to pass a FAA written and practical exam .
A multi engine instructor rating is required to tech in multi engine airplanes. Applicants must hold a minimum of a commercial pilots license airplane, instrument airplane rating, medical allowing them to act as PIC. For applicants holding CFI/CFII ratings there is no written exams required, only the practical exam. The course typically includes around 15 hours of ground school and 5-10 hours of flight training. The FAA requires each applicant to have 15 hours PIC multi at the time of the checkride.
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