Certified Flight Instructor

An Opportunity For Teaching, Learning, And Gaining Valuable Experience

It is true that many successful professional pilots get in to the airlines without having the flight instructor certificate. However, most of the brand new first officers get in to the airlines by teaching other pilots how to fly. Imagine watching your student solo for the first time, knowing that you were a part of that successful flight. Now think of all of the communication, planning, coaching and teaching that is required for something like this to happen. This is the world of the Flight Instructor.

Why Get This Certificate?

Flight Instructor probably the most challenging certificate to achieve. Your ability to plan, present, gather feedback, monitor systems, and assure that your students are progressing and meeting the pilot standards will stretch your aviator capabilities. Flight Instructors must be very knowledgeable in the subjects they teach. They must be able to successfully use all of their teaching tools to guide a student through the many certificates and ratings that are available. Becoming an instructor takes hard work and preparation, but the rewards of the job are like very few others.

Most ADF students who successfully complete the commercial pilot program from beginning to end will have attained or exceeded the required standards of knowledge and skill. This will make transitioning to a Certificated Flight Instructor easier.

We strongly recommend that all Commercial Pilots obtain this certificate. Not only is it beneficial to the newly qualified pilot hunting for his or her first job, but also it is a qualification that can make a difference throughout one’s career. Most large airlines have internal training departments for recurrent training as well as for transitioning pilots into new equipment. These instructor positions are one of the most attractive and sought-after jobs at an airline. Having an instructor certificate can give you the required edge to get that job.

In order to legally give instruction in any aircraft, you must be a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI).

These are the 3 possible Instructor Options. Most start with the Initial CFI or Certificated Flight Instructor, Single Engine.

Certified Flight Instructor SEL

The ADF Flight Instructor course is designed to make the transition to the role of Instructor as painless as possible.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Third Class Medical
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate – Single Engine Land
Instrument Instructor

After becoming a flight instructor, your next step is to become an instrument instructor. This will make you more proficient in instrument flying.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Third Class Medicals
  • Commercial Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor
Multi-Engine Instructor

The best way to build multi-engine time is to become a multi-engine flight instructor.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Third Class Medical
  • Commercial Certificate with Multi-Engine Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor

The Training Program

Our CFI Program has the following elements:

  • The preparation of lesson plans and teaching students with varying background and skills.
  • Evaluation of individual student flight programs.
  • Effective pre/post flight instruction.
  • Analysis and correction of student pilot errors.
  • Flight instructor responsibilities and certification procedures.

Area 1: Ground School

All of the major areas of aeronautical knowledge are addressed during 30 hours of ground school. CFI applicants have daily teaching-practice sessions. Each lesson begins with a comprehensive weather briefing.

Area 2: Flight Training

In the aircraft, the CFI applicant must learn to cope with a whole new set of challenges. On a simple level there is the practical issue of flying the airplane from the instructor’s seat. This is not as easy as it sounds; anyone who has ever learned to drive car with the steering on the right side, can attest to how weird it feels at first. On a more complex level, the pilot has to learn how to fly the aircraft and simultaneously teach the maneuver. Often this means having to correct a student’s mistakes while calmly explaining the error and the appropriate correction. The pilot is about to go from the position of being a student in the capable hands of a competent instructor to being the person with full responsibility for the safety of the flight. We will help you learn the best teaching methods for each given situation and how to get you message across in a limited amount of time. In addition, we will help you gain the confidence to take responsibility for student pilots and their progress. The training process can be frustrating at times. The ADF Flight Instructor Program is designed to make the transition to the role of Instructor as painless as possible.

All training is geared toward meeting or exceeding the FAA Practical Test Standard (PTS). To see the actual CFI Practical Test Standard and what is required, click on the link below.

Certified Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards: Download now! (PDF)


The last logical step is to become an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). Pilots who want to fly for a major airline will need to have this certificate. The ATP is a accepted as proof that you have attained the highest level of skill and knowledge and are ready to take the responsibility of transporting people and cargo in much larger aircraft. ADF Airways can help you obtain the skills and training you need to achieve the highest level of ability and precision. Click here to see how.

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