CFI

 

 

What is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Rating?
A CFI "rating" is not a license in and of itself. A CFI may be added to an existing commercial pilot license only. It allows the pilot to instruct ground school and provide flight instruction to student pilots.

How Much Will it Cost?
The best way to minimize the cost of a CFI Rating is to combine the costs of the Commercial License and the Instrument Rating so that the flight requirements overlap. There are no true CFI minimum requirements listed by the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR's); however, to instruct in the Robinson R44, the pilot must have a minimum of 200 flight hours, with 50 of those hours in a Robinson R44. Additionally, the pilot must successfully complete the CFI training course. Lastly, the industry requires that you complete the Robinson factory safety course.

The training costs contained below assumes no combined curriculum. The prices listed assume that the pilot already has a Commercial Pilot license.

For the CFI course it is possible to combine "Left-Seat" instructor training practice with your Commercial course preparation. This will produce large savings as the flight time part of the instructor course can be completed in the price of the Commercial.

Note: The CFI training course requires that the student place much more effort in the ground study portion of the training. For this reason, the total time will vary based on the individual home study effort provided by the student.

How Long Will it Take?
The length of time that is required to complete a CFI rating depends largely on your ability, motivation to learn and your proficiency with the English language. Assuming the pilot already has a Commercial Pilot License, it usually takes about three months to complete the CFI rating course if a reasonably full schedule is maintained.

What Will I Have to Do?

  • Obtain an FAA Commercial Pilot or ATP license.
  • Complete ground school or a home study course for the certified flight instructor rating.
  • Log sufficient flight training
  • Pass two (2) FAA written tests.
  • Pass an FAA oral and flight test.

What are the Official Flight Training Requirements?
In order to become a CFI for the Robinson R44, the 2004 Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) require the following:

  • At least 200 hours of helicopter flight time
  • At least 50 hours must be in a Robinson R22 / R44 helicopter
  • 3 hours in preparation for the flight test

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