Wondering how our flight instructors got their job? Maybe you want to be a flight instructor eventually too? This guide will tell you everything you need to know to achieve your goal.
Here at Crew Pilot Training, Inc. in Freeport, we pride ourselves on having only the most experienced flight instructors on our team to train you to become a pilot. Our team is devoted to training you to achieve your goal and helping you be as successful as possible during and after graduating from aviation school. Our flight instructors and FAA Training Center Evaluators are all retired veteran pilots, meaning they can provide you insight into the pilot career from their decades of experience. With thousands of hours flying for major and national airlines, you’d be hard-pressed to think of an aviation-related question that we wouldn’t be able to answer. Want to become a commercial airline pilot? Or maybe you want to be a flight instructor? In either case, the first step towards your goal is to pass your CTP or ATP certification test and succeed in pilot school. Our school specializes in training you to fly Boeing 737s.
What It Takes to Be a Flight Instructor
After graduating from an aviation school and receiving your commercial pilot license, the reality is that your path to becoming a pilot is just beginning. It can be difficult for some to build the experience necessary for translating a license into a career. Usually that means you need to start working as a low-time pilot for a while to get the baseline experience that will help you stand out in a competitive field. What is more, working as a low-time pilot after graduating from aviation school can give you all sorts of aviation experience. One option for you to get more experience is to train other people how to fly. Though instructing tends to initially pay less than other flying jobs, can involve long, irregular hours, and brings challenges that come with having an inexperienced student with you in the cockpit, it can be immensely rewarding to deal with new challenges every day and help new pilots improve.. So, what does it take to be a flight instructor?
#1: Baseline Requirements
The baseline requirements for being a flight instructor are that you must be at least 18 years old, you must be able to read and write English, and you must have a commercial pilot certification or an ATP (airline transport pilot) certificate.
#2: Pass the FAA Written Exam and FOI Exam
There are two exams you must pass to be qualified to be a flight instructor. First is the FAA Certified Flight Instructor Knowledge Exam — which tests your understanding of everything you’ve learned at aviation school. From commercial topics, to instruments, high-performance topics, and more, you must be well-versed in all things aircrafts and flying. The FOI (Fundamental of Instruction) Exam tests your ability to be a teacher, more specifically. Working hard at flight school and having a good attitude will get you most of the way there to being able to pass these exams.
#3: Lesson Planning
After you have passed the FAA Written and FOI exams, now it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll teach. Our team at Crew Pilot Training, Inc. uses a variety of techniques and resources that have been honed to fine edge over years of practice. If you’re thinking about becoming a flight instructor yourself, give us a call and we can give you some pointers on lesson planning and much more. We’d be happy to help!
#4: Keep Practicing
When you are undertaking CFI training, you will most likely be under the wing of a more experienced instructor. Our instructors here at Crew Pilot Training, Inc. for example, can help you get up to speed about everything you know. Most of your training, however, will be from the right seat. Practicing instructing pretend students, explaining how to do maneuvers properly, and learning how to properly evaluate results are all things you will need to master. Finally, you will need to learn how to debrief after a flight. Keep practicing over and over until you get comfortable with every part of the training process. When you are comfortable with the entire training process, that’s when you know you are ready to move on to the next step.
#5: Take the Check Ride
Finally, after mastering one’s role as a flight instructor, one undertakes the check ride. The CFI check ride tends to be quite difficult, so make sure you are prepared before undertaking it. There is a great deal to cover, but if you study and practice well, you should do just fine! All of our instructors have gone through this process.
Choose the Right Flight Training School for You
For getting your own training, would you rather study with people who have only just graduated themselves, or from veteran instructors with decades of flight experience under their belts? The answer should be obvious. If you are looking for a flight training school to provide you a comprehensive selection of Boeing 737 flight training courses, for example, so you can become a commercial pilot, we’re the school for you. We can also train you up for all of the fundamentals so that you will be in a better position to fulfill your goal of becoming a flight instructor yourself someday.
Crew Pilot Training is devoted to advancing your career as an airplane pilot, wherever that may lead you. All of our instructors are retired airline pilots with thousands of hours of experience. Let us be a major catalyst in your pilot career.
When choosing the flight school to get started with your career as a pilot, you want to choose somewhere where you know you’ll have the best shot of translating it into full-time employment. It can be difficult, but through hard work and perseverance, you can achieve your goal. Our team of veteran pilots will work with you closely to help you learn everything you need to know to get your career started ASAP. Apply to our flight school today!
Have a question? Reach out to us now and we’ll get back to you pronto. We are proud to have been serving the Freeport region with top of the line aircraft training since 1978. If you want to study with the most experienced crew pilot training staff around, give Crew Pilot Training a call today!