For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. – Leonardo daVinci
For many, flying is a passion, not just a business venture. The majority of our student pilots become certified flight instructors after they have acquired their private pilot’s license. Many of our pilots want to teach other pilots to fly in order to pass on their knowledge and help keep general aviation (GA) moving forward.
Benefits of becoming a flight instructor:
Becoming a flight instructor helps you learn “unplanned” maneuvers. The best way to become a better pilot is by teaching other students.
Build flight time quickly – while others pay for it: If you’re wanting to become a commercial pilot, you will need hundreds of hours below your belt to be considered “hireable”. Working as a flight instructor makes this possible and affordable.
Make a great income doing something you love.
Gain experience in multiple types of aircraft including high performance and multi-engine airplanes.
You get to pass on your passion for flying.
If you already have a Commercial License, its a simple add on. Usually less than 20 hours of flying for the initial CFI rating.
There are three levels of Flight Instructor.
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
You can teach all levels of students except instrument students
This is not an easy rating, but well worth doing
Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument (CFII)
This simple add-on allows you teach the Instrument rating
The checkride is about the same as your instrument checkride
Multi-Engine Instructor, (MEI)
This allows you to teach students how to fly multi engine airplanes