How to become a certified flight instructor
For people who love to fly, there’s nothing better than finding a career that pays you to spend your time above the clouds – but that doesn’t necessarily mean becoming a commercial or private pilot. A career as a flight instructor can be incredibly rewarding as you help people discover their full potential and love of flying. Here’s some advice from Monmouth Executive Airport’s flight school in NJ.
Requirements for a career as a certified flight instructor
First, you have to have a valid private pilot certificate from a recognized Part 61 or Part 141 flight school. After that, you have to successfully pass the Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI) and Flight Instructor FAA Knowledge Test, and the accompanying Practical Test (consisting of an oral exam and flight test).
There are three courses you can enroll in:
• The CFI Certification Course – Basic flight instructor certification.
• The CFI – I Certification Course – Instrument Rating Course.
• The CFI – ME Course – Multi-Engine Rating Course.
One of the biggest obstacles for pilots interested in becoming flight instructors is the idea that these courses take years to achieve – but it isn’t true. Most pilots complete their training in 34-45 hours, including flight training, ground training and pre-post flight briefings.
Why become a CFI?
There are many reasons why pilots decide to become CFIs, but the most popular reason by far is to share an enthusiasm for flying with others. It is also a great way to increase your flying hours if you are aiming for a commercial pilot’s license. Many pilots also choose this career because it offers easier scheduling and hours that have less impact on family life. Whatever your reasons, being a CFI is a rewarding career choice for anyone who loves to fly.
Start your journey towards a CFI with flying lessons at Monmouth Executive Airport in NJ
When it comes to choosing from the best flight schools in New Jersey, experience is everything. Our school has over 20 years of pilot training experience in training professional and amateur pilots in a range of 10 different aircraft, as well as logging over 68 000 flight instruction and rental hours.
We have our own FAA certified A&P/IA on premises and our location outside of the crowded New York area airspace designations means that you get to enjoy scenic open skies as you learn to fly.