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Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFII)

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. CFIIs are responsible for teaching pilots how to fly in instrument conditions as well as ensuring that instrument rated pilots maintain their proficiency.

Privileges

  • Provide required training for instrument rating candidates
  • Endorse instrument rating candidates to take FAA oral and practical exams
  • Conduct instrument proficiency checks for instrument rated pilots

Requirements (Part 61)

You must possess a commercial certificate in order to become a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument. You must also pass the Flight Instructor Instrument written examination. The various requirements necessary to prepare an instrument 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 an ESTIMATE for individuals who have already acquired their initial instructor rating:

Ground (10 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 Instrument Practical Test Standards, which essentially requires you to learn how to teach everything set forth in the Instrument Rating 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 (10 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.

Estimated Cost

CFII

Hours

Total Cost

Ground Instruction (Sr. CFII)

10

$ 700
Dual Flight (C-172 or PA28 w/ Sr. CFII)

10

$ 2,350

Written Exam (FII)

$ 150

Check Ride (Examiner Fee)

$ 450

Check Ride (C-172 or PA28 Rental)

1.5

$ 248

Total

21.5

$ 3,898

 

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.