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“Great pilots are made, not born. A man may possess good eyesight, sensitive hands, and perfect coordination, but the end result is only fashioned by steady coaching, much practice, and experience." -James Edgar Johnson

Are you looking for a career in aviation, or just want a "hobby job" on the side? Not only is it exciting to make money by doing what you love, but teaching what you love for others is very rewarding. Whether you want to build flight time quickly or you aspire to making flight instructing a career, we will help you achieve this dream! 

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FAA Certification Requirements

  • Hold either a commercial pilot or airline transport pilot certificate
  • Hold a current instrument rating
  • Be able to read, write, and understand English
  • Pass the FAA Fundamentals of Instructing test or hold a teacher's certificate
  • Pass the FAA Flight Instructor Airplane test 
  • Pass the FAA Practical Test

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What to Expect in the Course

The training follows a structured syllabus, but it may be easily tailored to the individual student as needed. The training includes both classroom and flight training and is broken up into 3 stages, each with different core objectives. The following are partial lists of what to expect in each stage:

Stage 1

Stage 1

Stage 1

The learning process

The teaching process
Planning instructional activity
Flight instructor responsibilities and professionalism


Core Objective: Pass the fundamentals of instructing knowledge test

Stage 2

Stage 1

Stage 1

Flying from the right seat
Developing lesson plans and a syllabus
FAA publications
Regulations for flight instructors



Core Objective: Become proficient in the right seat; pass the flight instructor knowledge test 

Stage 3

Stage 1

Stage 3

Further develop teaching skills
Have a complete set of lesson plans
Practice teaching actual students under instructor supervision



Core Objective: Pass the Flight Instructor practical test 

Approximate Cost

$4,000 - $6,000

Approximate Time Commitment

2 months - 3 months

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