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Becoming A Certified Flight Instructor

In order to obtain a Flight Instructor Certificate, you must hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate, and you must successfully pass the Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI), and Flight Instructor FAA Knowledge Test and a Practical Test. The Practical Test consists of an oral examination and a flight test.

Usually, to be able to obtain a job with an airline, corporate, or charter company, requires a lot more flight time and experience than the 200-300 hours of flight time gained while earning your ratings. One way to increase your flight time and experience is to become a Flight Instructor.

Flight Instructors teach a various levels. They offer primary instruction for the Private Pilot Certificate as well as more advanced instruction for a Commercial Certificate, Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Rating, and Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. When you are teaching your students, you can log those hours as your flight time, and get paid for those hours, while you work as a Flight Instructor.

The job of Flight Instructor is considered a steppingstone to more lucrative positions. But some remain in the teaching field. If certain high standards are attained, they can qualify for the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) "Gold Seal", which identifies them as a superior teacher.

FAA requirements for a Flight Instructor Certificate:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate or ATP Certificate
  • Must hold a valid FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Pass the FAA Knowledge Test
  • Pass the FAA Practical Flight Test and Oral Examination
Costs

All students enrolled in the Flight Instructor Certification Course at Sky Walk will automatically receive the "block rates" without having to purchase 10 hours of block time.

The various levels, costs and requirements of Flight Instructor is as follows:

CFI Certification Course

Our Certified Flight Instructor Course (CFI) is available in 3 plans to suit your needs. Plan "A" utilizes a C-152 & Piper Arrow for $5,570. Plan "B" utilizes a C-172 & Piper Arrow for $6,010. And Plan "C" is done soley with complex aircraft using our Piper Arrow. All plans incorporate training in complex aircraft. The training for Plans "A" & "B" consists of:

  • 20 hours of non-complex aircraft training
  • 5 hours of complex aircraft training
  • 10 hours of ground training
  • 8 hours of pre-post flight briefing

If you choose to do all your training in complex aircraft (recommended), then your cost will be $6,910 (Plan "C"). On average, students complete their training within the minimum time.

CFI-I Certification Course

Our Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating Course (CFI-I) is approximately $3,815, and consists of:

  • 15 hours of Dual flight training
  • 10 hours of ground training
  • 6 hours pre-post flight briefing

On average, students complete their training within 15-20 hours.

CFI-ME Certification Course

Our Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine Rating Course (CFI-ME) is approximately $3,120, and consists of:

  • 8 hours of Dual flight training
  • 5 hours of ground training
  • 5 hours pre-post flight briefing

On average, students complete their training within 8-12 hours.

Flight Instructor Certification Renewal Course

Since your Flight Instructor Certificate expires every 2 years, you will have to renew your certificate prior to the expiration date, otherwise you will have to re-take your CFI check-ride again. So do not let it expire!

We now offer a FAA approved Part 141 CFI Renewal Course. There is no set date or schedule that you have to attend, nor group ground school. We offer this course 7 days a week. Just pick a convenient date and time to complete your CFI Certificate Renewal before it expires. You can start and complete this course 90 days prior to your certificate's expiration date.

We will issue a graduation certificate that you can bring to the FAA FSDO located in your area for renewal of your certificate.

Our Flight Instructor Certification Renewal Course is approximately $960, and consists of:

  • 16 hours minimum of ground training

Training costs will vary depending on your study habits, frequency of attendance, individual motor skills and the type of aircraft which will be used for your training.   On average, students complete their training within 35-45 hours.

To maximize your training and reduce costs, see our suggested training tips.