One way to increase your flight time and gain experience is to become a flight instructor.
Flight instructor is often the first job a commercial pilot has. A certified flight instructor (CFI) is responsible for all aspects of training students. While teaching, you can log hours as flight time and get paid for the hours. The focus of our CFI program is to train you to become a considerate and thoughtful flight instructor who can motivate and inspire students.
FAA Minimum Requirements
FAA Part 61.183 Eligibility requirements
Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Certified
|Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI)||1 week||Principals of teaching|
|Practice teaching classes||6 weeks||Preparing lesson plans|
|FAA written exams (FOI and CFI)||Minimum passing score is 70%|
|Teaching practice from the instructor’s seat||2 weeks||At Standard commercial teaching practice|
|Checkride preparation||1 week||Overall review of knowledge and skills|
|Practical test (checkride)||Oral and flight examsand skills|
|Total: 2 to 3 months|