A Flight Instructor Pilot License is a pathway for aviators looking to share their passion for flying and guide the next generation of pilots. This license authorizes you to teach and instruct others in aviation, passing on your skills and knowledge. There are three levels of this license: CFI (Certified Flight Instructor), CFII (Certified Flight Instructor Instrument), and MEI (Multi-Engine Instructor). With a CFI, you can provide flight instruction for private and commercial pilot candidates, helping them acquire the skills required for their licenses. If you hold a CFII, you’re qualified to teach instrument flying, aiding students in mastering the complexities of navigating solely by instruments. An MEI allows you to train pilots in multi-engine aircraft operation, enhancing their proficiency in handling aircraft with multiple engines. Becoming a certified flight instructor not only imparts your expertise but also deepens your understanding of aviation while contributing to aviation safety and building valuable flight time.
On average, this rating takes students around 1-2 months to complete.
To become a flight instructor (CFI), you should:
- Have 250 hours of flight time (190 hours if from Part 141 training).
- Possess a Commercial Pilot Certificate or ATP with Instrument Rating.
- Hold a valid FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate or higher.
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