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FLT Academy Program Overview

Certified Flight Instructor Training Program

Estimated Completion Time:

Ground School: 1 Month
Teach & be Taught Program: 1 month
Flight Training: 1-2 Months

Estimated Cost:


Class Commitment:

Ground School: Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm (variable by month)
Flight Training: 3-4 hours/lesson, five lessons per week (min)

Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor is one of the best ways to continue your piloting skillset while aiding in the development of future aviators

Program Requirements

Minimum Completion Requirements

Must have previously obtained a commercial pilot certificate to enroll in the FLT Academy CFI Program.



FLT Academy’s CFI program begins with a ground school focusing on knowledge and understanding in preparation for the FOI and FIA knowledge tests.  After passing the FOI and FIA exams, students are then enrolled in our Teach & be Taught training program, which simulates the training and teaching environment both on the ground and in the air.  This program gives each CFI student initial experience in relaying concepts, knowledge, and aeronautical decision-making skills onto student pilots.  After completing the Teach & be Taught program, students will focus on their flight skills, proficiency, and teaching methods to prepare for their practical test (checkride) administered by the FAA.

This is an in-depth learning experience and is constructed to ensure the highest levels of success in our future CFI’s.

“A student pilot is only as good as the instructor they learned from” – Unknown.

Requirements, Cost, and Timeline

Students interested in obtaining their CFI with FLT Academy can anticipate a cost of approximately $13,000. Included in this cost is flight time, ground school, FAA knowledge tests, books & materials, FAA checkride fee and more. The process of becoming a CFI is estimated to take 3-4 months.

Prior to enrolling in the Certified Flight Instructor program at FLT Academy, students must have previously obtained their commercial pilot certificate.


One of the most significant advantages of becoming a certified flight instructor is the opportunity to hone your own flying skills to perfection. Teaching others to navigate the complexities of aviation requires an in-depth understanding of flight principles and meticulous attention to detail. As you guide aspiring pilots through their training, you’ll find yourself revisiting fundamental concepts, deepening your knowledge, and sharpening your own proficiency. The process of imparting knowledge to others pushes you to become a better pilot, solidifying your expertise and enhancing your own flying abilities in the process. 

Beyond personal development, a career as a flight instructor offers unparalleled job security in the aviation industry. The demand for qualified flight instructors remains steady, as the constant influx of new pilots requires expert guidance to navigate the skies safely. Airlines, flight schools, and government agencies are always on the lookout for competent flight instructors to train the next generation of aviators. Additionally, the experience gained as a certified flight instructor serves as a steppingstone to advanced positions within the aviation industry, such as airline pilot, corporate pilot, or even flight school manager.

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FLT Academy’s Certified Flight Instructor training program is unquestionably the best available.  Our focus is not on “fast-track” training; we make sure every student in our CFI program is well equipped with true knowledge and practical understandings of the concepts surrounding aviation as opposed to rote-level memorization.  


Rhett Butler
Rhett Butler
I really love the structure and support that FLT Academy offers. Great program and great staff.
Don Wood
Don Wood
I took it as a refresher with my student pilot son . I've been flying about 54 years and it was well worth it.
Charlotte Fowers
Charlotte Fowers
Great people
Devin Maxfield
Devin Maxfield
You won’t find a better place to get your training! Everyone at FLT has been extremely professional and have been as motivated as I am to complete every stage. I was one of the people that has been interested in aviation my whole life and just never took the plunge to do it. Take my word that making that leap with FLT Academy was the best decision I’ve made! My only regret was not doing it 10 years ago. But thanks to FLT I will have a long and enjoyable career doing what I love! I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Weston Christiansen
Weston Christiansen
My personal experience with FLT Academy so far has been beyond amazing. I just want to point out how careful and thorough these guys are. I had my FLT orientation class today and it is amazing to see how much care and planning went into just this, and to have the opportunity to meet with Jason (CEO) and meet his incredible staff. I have heard rumors that FLT is the best of the best and from what I have seen so far, I believe that to be true.
Fine Vanisi
Fine Vanisi
I’ve been working with Joseph. He’s been very helpful and is always available to answer my questions and provide guidance.
Caden Kister
Caden Kister
I won't be a student for 3 or so years. So I went in to see what they had to offer and for some general advice on a career path. They were extremely helpful and experienced. I will be going here in the future.
Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson
So far it’s been pretty good! They are organized and so kind here! They really want to help you succeed and will give you the help you need!


Sure, here are answers to the ten frequently asked questions about FLT Academy's Certified Flight Instructor program:

To become a certified flight instructor, FLT Academy requires students to have previously obtained their commercial pilot’s license and meet the specific requirements outlined by the aviation regulatory authority in your country. These requirements often include a minimum flight experience, such as a certain number of flight hours and pilot-in-command time.

The time it takes to become a certified flight instructor can vary depending on factors such as your prior flight experience, availability for training, and the flight school’s curriculum. On average, FLT Academy CFI students complete this training in 3-4 months.

There are some instances where this is possible, but FLT Academy requires students enrolling in the CFI program to have earned their commercial pilot license previously.

You must be at least 18 years of age to become a certified flight instructor.

FLT Academy’s course covers topics such as instructional techniques, aviation regulations, flight maneuvers, and teaching methodologies. Additionally, you will need to pass a flight instructor knowledge test and demonstrate your flying skills during a practical flight test.

Factoring in all expected training costs, FLT Academy CFI students can anticipate approximately $13,000 to become a Certified Flight Instructor.

Becoming a flight instructor opens up various career opportunities in the aviation industry. Apart from working as a flight instructor at flight schools or universities, you can progress to positions such as airline pilot, corporate pilot, flight school manager, check airman, or even start your own flight training business. The experience gained as a flight instructor serves as valuable groundwork for advancing in the aviation field.

Job opportunities for flight instructors can be found through various channels. Networking within the aviation community, attending aviation job fairs, exploring online job boards and aviation-specific websites, and contacting flight schools directly are effective strategies for finding flight instructor positions. It’s beneficial to stay informed about industry developments and build a professional network to increase your chances of finding suitable job opportunities.

The responsibilities of a flight instructor involve providing flight and ground instruction to student pilots, evaluating their progress, developing training plans, and ensuring compliance with aviation regulations and safety standards. Day-to-day duties may include conducting pre-flight and post-flight briefings, demonstrating flight maneuvers, teaching theory and concepts, assessing and grading student performance, and maintaining accurate training records. Additionally, flight instructors often serve as mentors, guiding and supporting students throughout their aviation journey.


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