CERTIFICATED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR: TEACHING, LEARNING, AND GAINING VALUABLE EXPERIENCE
WHY GET THIS CERTIFICATE?
It is true that many successful professional pilots get to the airlines without having to flight instruct. However, the majority of airline new hires tend to have had some time teaching others 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.
Flight Instructor is most probably the most challenging certificate to obtain. Your ability to plan, present, gather feedback, monitor systems, and assure students are progressing to meet standards will stretch your mental capacities. 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, 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.