How long does it take?
The length of time it takes to earn your initial CFI license depends upon how often you fly. Most students fly on average three times per week. At this pace you can receive your CFI license in 3-4 months. Maintaining three lessons per week, you can complete your CFII rating in one month and your MEI rating in two weeks.
What can I do with my license?
Once you receive your initial CFI license, you are able to instruct students who are getting their private pilot’s license or sport pilot’s license. This includes ground instruction, flight instruction, signing your students off for solos, and signing them off for their written exam and final checkride. With your CFII you are able to instruct students who are getting their instrument rating. Your MEI allows you to instruct in a multi-engine aircraft.
Written Test & Checkride
The FAA written test and checkride are both done towards the end of your training. The Fundamentals of Instructing written test is comprised of 50 questions with a passing grade of 70%. The Flight Instructor Airplane written test is comprised of 100 questions with a passing grade of 70%. The Flight Instructor Instrument Airplane written test is comprised of 50 questions with a passing grade of 70%. Your checkride will be with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) and will consist of two parts. The first half will be an oral examination, where you will answer questions about flying. The second half is the practical examination, where you will fly maneuvers in the airplane with the DPE. After you pass both parts, you will receive your Certified Flight Instructor License!
Your Training Will Include
- The learning process
- Course development
- Fundamentals of instructing
- Preflight lesson on a maneuver to be performed in flight
- Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
- Ground reference maneuvers
- Elements of effective teaching
- Lesson planning
- Technical subject areas
- Preflight procedures
- Fundamentals of flight
- Slow flight, stalls, and spins
- Emergency operations
- Student evaluation and testing
- Classroom training techniques
- Preflight preparation
- Airport and seaplane base operations
- Performance maneuvers
- Basic instrument maneuvers
- Postflight procedures