Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor: Making the Most Out of Your Flying Career

Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor: Making the Most Out of Your Flying Career

Are you passionate about teaching while at the same time having a desire for flying? Then, being a flight instructor could be the right career for you. A certified flight instructor is a pilot who teaches the aspiring pilots how to fly. While being a commercial pilot may be the most frequently sought-after career, some choose to pursue a Flight Instructor License and become a Licensed Flight Instructor, right after obtaining their Commercial Pilot License and Instrument Rating.

Flight instruction requires a heap of patience because flying lessons are taught one by one. In addition, it involves a different level of flexibility for it exposes you to many different people from many different walks of life – a doctor as a student, or an 18 year-old guy who is eager to learn how to fly, or perhaps a famous movie star who has a love for flying. Nonetheless, working as a flight instructor despite its challenges is fun, rewarding, and a great way to improve your knowledge and proficiency on flying every teaching day.

Here is a quick help for you who, after learning all the things that you need to know about being a pilot, want to impart the knowledge to others by starting a career as a Flight Instructor:

A. Basic Requirements for the Flight Instructor Course:

To qualify for the Flight Instructor Course, the following basic requirements must be met:

  • Must be a holder of either a Commercial Pilot License
  • Must hold an Instrument Rating
  • Must be a holder of a current medical certificate (Class 1)
  • Must be 18 years and above

B. Composition of the Flight Instructor Course

In addition to the qualifications that a Commercial Pilot and Instrument-rated pilot has completed, the Flight Instructor Course is comprised of further trainings and instructions, which are the following:

  • FI log ground schooling

The following subjects must be taken from an authorized instructor:

  1. techniques of applied instruction;
  2. assessment of student performance in those subjects in which ground instruction is given;
  3. the learning process;
  4. elements of effective teaching;
  5. student evaluation and testing, training philosophies;
  6. training program development;
  7. lesson planning
  8. classroom instructional techniques;
  9. use of training aids;
  10. analysis and correction of student errors;
  11. human performance relevant to fight instruction; and
  12. hazards involved in simulating system failures and malfunctions it the aircraft

It is during the log ground training that the instructor trainee will be trained how teach and conduct flight and post-flight briefings.

  • IR flight training for flight instructor trainees

An instructor trainee must undergo right-seat flight training for not less than 40 hours.

C. Application at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

After completing the Flight Instructor log ground training and going through flight trainings, CAAP requirements, such as the following, must be complied:

  • CAAP written examination for flight instructor trainees

This knowledge test must be taken and passed in order to obtain a certification

  • CAAP checkride

After mastering your new part as a flight instructor, a CAAP examiner or checkpilot will sign you off for a checkride. You already know what to anticipate from a checkride since you’ve already taken the same before with the IRC. However, it must be noted that the FIC checkride is more rigorous. Be prepared and act professional at all times.

Fulfill your passion

Do not let this chance slip away. Be one of the highly-respected flight instructors today. All you have to do is bring along your passion for flying and dedication for teaching, and contact

Adventure Flight Simulation and Sports

Gen Aviation Road,Hangar #6, Mactan Cebu International Airport, Lapu-Lapu City, Central Visayas, Philippines

(+63) (32) 268 9829 / (+63) 09322689829

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