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Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

The Federal Aviation Regulations require that candidates for pilot certificates, ratings or endorsements receive a certain amount of training, both in the air and on the ground, in order to obtain that certificate. CFIs are responsible for teaching pilots how to fly as well as ensuring that certificated pilots maintain their proficiency.

Privileges

  • Provide required training for private pilot, commercial pilot and certified flight instructor candidates
  • Endorse private pilot, commercial pilot and certified flight instructor candidates to take FAA oral and practical exams
  • Provide required training and endorsements for pilots seeking complex and/or high performance endorsements
  • Conduct biennial flight reviews for certificated pilots

Requirements (Part 61)

You must possess a commercial certificate in order to become a flight instructor. You must also successfully complete the Flight Instructor Airplane and Fundamentals of Instructing written examinations. The various requirements necessary to prepare a flight instructor candidate vary based on the individual’s level of experience. The following breakdown is a conservative estimate based on prior candidates, but please be aware that this is only an ESTIMATE:

Ground (20 – 25 Hours)

Ground lessons are a major component of flight instructor training. You and your instructor will cover everything set forth in the Certified Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards, which essentially requires you to learn how to teach everything set forth in the Private and Commercial Practical Test Standards. You are not only required to possess a solid understanding of all principles, but you must also be able to teach these principles to students, therefore this training will include curriculum planning.

Flight (Right Seat Experience 10 – 15 Hours; No Right Seat Experience 20 Hours)

The flight portion of this training directly relates to everything you discussed in your ground lessons. You will be required to fly all maneuvers from the right seat within the parameters set forth in the Practical Test Standards. You must also be able to clearly explain how to perform these maneuvers while doing so.

The final flight portion of the Certified Flight Instructor training is the spin endorsement.

Estimated Cost

CFI (No Right Seat Time)

Hours

Total Cost

Ground Instruction (Sr. CFI)

25

$ 1,750

Dual Flight (Piper Arrow w/ Sr. CFI)

15

$ 3,675

Spin Training (Decathlon w/ Sr. CFI)

2

$ 390

Written Exams (FIA & FOI)

$ 300

Check Ride (Examiner Fee)

$ 0

Check Ride (Piper Arrow Rental)

2.5

$ 438

Total

44.5

$ 6,553

CFI (Right Seat Time)

Hours

Total Cost
Ground Instruction (Sr. CFI)

25

$ 1,750

Dual Flight (Piper Arrow w/ Sr. CFI)

10

$ 2,450

Spin Training (Cessna 172 w/ Sr. CFI)

2

$ 390

Written Exams (FIA & FOI)

$ 300

Check Ride (Examiner Fee)

$ 0

Check Ride (Piper Arrow Rental)

2.5

$ 438

Total

39.5

$ 5,328

East Coast Aero Club provides high-quality flight instruction and aircraft rental. Our fleet includes over 40 aircraft, including two multi-engine airplanes and two Robinson helicopters, maintained by our staff of aviation maintenance technicians. We have over 25 certified flight instructors at three locations, offering instruction for Private and Commercial Pilot Certificates, as well as Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings.