Become a Certified Flight Instructor

The Certified Flight Instructor is the cornerstone of aviation. A flight instructor has the responsibility to train the next generation of aviators to the highest standard of safety and competency. At CHI, it is our job to make sure the next generation of pilots exceed those standards. If you plan on moving on to the airlines, flight instruction is a great way to gain hours to meet the Airline Transport Pilot minimums.

Becoming a flight instructor is a monumental step in your aviation career. Whether you become a CFI to gain hours, or as an end goal, you will have the most important job in the aviation
community; to mold people into safe pilots. Here at CHI, we have the technology and expertise to teach you just how to do that. Our own flight instructors are prepared with the experience, knowledge, and top of the line airplanes to prepare you to make an impact on the future of aviators.

What can Flight Instructors do?

  • A flight instructor is authorized to train pilots to FAA standards for recreational, sport, private, and commercial certificates

  • A flight instructor can issue endorsements that are required for pilot certificates

  • A flight instructor can perform flight reviews for pilots

  • Build hours to meet the requirements for Airline Transport Pilot or other pilot career paths

What are the Limitations?

  • A flight instructor may not conduct more than 8 hours of flight training in a 24-hour period

  • A flight instructor can only conduct flight training in the category and class of aircraft that they are rated to fly

Certified Flight Instructor Requirements

There are several requirements you will need to satisfy before you can become a certified flight instructor:

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language

  • Hold at least a third class medical

  • Hold at least a commercial pilot certificate

  • Pass the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction Knowledge Test

  • Pass the FAA Certified Flight Instructor Knowledge Test


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