Certified Flight Instructor Certificate

Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor is one of the most important and rewarding certificates a pilot can receive. Are you ready to start passing on your knowledge and passion for aviation?

Get started with a Flight Instructor Certificate.

Certified Flight Instructor Certificate Requirements

COMMERCIAL

CERTIFICATE

18

YEARS OF AGE

$87.98

CFI HOURLY RATE

$133-199

AIRCRAFT HOURLY RATE

$5,000

PROGRAM ESTIMATE

15 HOURS

AIRCRAFT ESTIMATE

2 MONTHS

TIME FRAME ESTIMATE

Note: Checkride, Testing, and Pilot Equipment costs are not included in this estimate.

What Will I Learn?

Ground Knowledge:

Human Behavior
The Learning Process
Assessment
Instructor Responsibilities
Effective Communication
Techniques of Flight Instruction

Flight Experience:

Right Seat Transition
Advanced Stall and Spin Recovery
Managing Student
Learn In-flight Teaching Processes
Crew Resource Management
Aeronautical Decision Making

Training Breakdown

Ground Training

A thorough ground training process will prepare you to be able to confidently instruct students. This training will ensure you have an in depth understanding of all related subjects, and requires significant studying.

Instructor Endorsement

Your instructor will give you multiple endorsements throughout your training, allowing you to take your FAA Knowledge Exam, Solo Flights and Checkride with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).

FAA Knowledge Exams

Before beginning flight training, it is highly recommended that Certified Flight Instructor applicants study for and pass the two required FAA Knowledge Exams. These two tests, Flight Instructor Airplane, and Fundamentals of Instructing, cover the basic knowledge needed to be a safe and effective instructor. This exam can be taken at VFA’s onsite FAA Certified Testing Center. 

Flight Training

Flight training begins with transitioning to flying from the right seat of the aircraft. Once familiar with operating the aircraft from the right seat, training will focus on not only perfecting the required maneuvers, but also ensuring you can effectively teach these maneuvers to new students.

Oral & Practical Exam

After meeting all of the FAA Certified Flight Instructor Certificate requirements and your instructor has determined you have mastered the maneuvers, and demonstrated the applicable aeronautical knowledge, you will take the Oral Exam and Practical Test with a Designated Pilot Examiner. The Oral Exam and Practical Test will evaluate you on instructional knowledge and teaching abilities. Upon successful completion, you will be issued your Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. 

The VFA Difference

Advanced Fleet

With the largest and most advanced rental fleet in the state, VFA has the right aircraft for you. All of our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards by our in-house maintenance department.

Passionate Staff

VFA has a diverse group of passionate and knowledgeable instructors here to help you achieve your goals. No matter your learning style, we have the right instructor for you.

About Us

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