Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI)

A Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to give instruction to student pilots and pilots taking recurrent training or preparing for additional certificates or ratings. They also may give flight reviews and recommend their students for flight tests. CFIs must be at least 18 years old and must hold at least a commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating. CFIs may earn additional advanced flight instructing licenses such as Instrument Instructor (CFII) and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI).

The CFI is typically the most demanding training course and FAA exam of a pilot’s career. Typically, CFI candidates spend the majority of the training course in ground study and only around 10 flight hours in preparation for the practical exam. The CSA CFI Ground School is designed to prepare students to become confident and prepared instructors. Students will learn how to create lesson plans and develop effective teaching methods for both ground and flight instructing.

CSA trains students for the CFI, CFII, and MEI licenses.