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
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
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.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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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