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     The Flight Instructor Certificates

A flight instructor certificate allows you to give flight and ground instruction, to teach others how to fly.
There are three types of flight instructor certificates.

1.Instructor certificate (CFI)
    Allows you to teach in aircraft in VFR conditions
2.Instrument Instructor (CFII)
    Allows you to teach instrument flying to the students
3.Mutli Instructor (MEI)
    Allows you to teach in twin engine aircraft.

The instructor certificates are very in-depth with lots of book work. Plan on spending many nights doing lesson plans and studying.  Flight time can be minimal providing you are up to par on the basic maneuvers. You do, however, have to learn to fly from the right seat and work with the opposite arm. This can take some time and lots of practice.

Requirements for the Flight Instructor Certificates

Be at least 18 years of age.

Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.

Hold a commercial or airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate with an aircraft rating appropriate to the flight instructor rating sought (e.g., airplane, glider).

a.     You must also hold an instrument rating to be a flight instructor in an airplane.

Receive and log ground training to learn

a.     Fundamentals of instructing (FOI)

b.     All other subject areas in which ground training is required for recreational, private, and commercial pilot certificates and for an instrument rating

Pass both the FOI and the flight instructor knowledge tests with scores of 70% or better.

a.     You are not required to take the FOI knowledge test if you

1.     Hold an FAA flight or ground instructor certificate

2.     Hold a current teacher's certificate authorizing you to teach at an educational level of the 7th grade or higher

3.     Are employed as a teacher at an accredited college or university

Demonstrate flight proficiency (FAR 61.187).

a.     You must receive and log flight and ground training and obtain a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor on the following areas of operations for an airplane category rating with a single-engine class rating.

1.     Fundamentals of instructing

2.     Technical support areas

3.     Preflight preparation

4.     Preflight lesson on a maneuver to be performed in flight

5.     Preflight procedures

6.     Airport and seaplane base operations

7.     Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds

8.     Fundamentals of flight

9.     Performance maneuvers

10.  Ground reference maneuvers

11.  Slow flight, stalls, and spins

12.  Basic instrument maneuvers

13.  Emergency operations

14.  Postflight procedures

b.     The flight instruction must be given by a person who has held a flight instructor certificate during the 24 months immediately preceding the date the instruction is given and who has given at least 200 hr. of flight instruction as a CFI.

c.     You must also obtain a logbook endorsement by an appropriately certificated and rated flight instructor who has provided you with spin entry, spin, and spin recovery training in an airplane that is certificated for spins and has found you instruction ally competent and proficient in those training areas, i.e., so you can teach spins.

d.     Use of Flight Instructor Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep book from your first flight instructor lesson to your practical test. We outline and illustrate each flight maneuver you will perform during y our flight training.

Successfully complete the flight instructor practical test, which will be conducted as specified in Flight Instructor Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep.