Certified Flight Instructor

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Certified Flight Instructor

Are you ready to make aviation your career? 

Training to become a CFI will take you on a journey through human behavior and learning theory. You will also revisit and reinforce your understanding of everything you’ve mastered as a certificated pilot.

As a Certificated Flight Instructor, you will gain the qualifications to teach Private Pilot and Commercial Single-Engine students. Our flight school hires motivated, certified instructors. This frequently leads to the offer of a paid instructing position here at Top Flight upon successful completion of the course.

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steps to become a Flight Instructor

Meet the Requirements

You must pass the basic medical exam, hold Commercial Pilot Certificate, be at least 18 years old, be a US Citizen or hold a valid Visa to US and read, speak and understand English

Complete Ground School

Your ground school classes cover a wide range of topics to prepare you for flight instructing. Once you complete your ground school, you must pass the FAA written exams

Complete Flight Training

Learn to fly and master all PPL and CPL maneuvers for the right seat. Train rigorously to refine and master previously learned information

Pass the Check-Ride

Once your CFI feels you are ready, he or she will sign off and arrange your final checkride with an FAA examiner

How the Training Works

This high intensity class allows the student to be done with both ratings in about three weeks instead of the average semester or two found at most college level institutions with a long history of an 89% pass rate on the first test. Once complete, you’ll be prepared to instruct other pilots anywhere in the US while you log hours towards future aviation career goals.

  • Must hold a Commercial Pilot’s License
  • Must log at least 250 total hours
  • Must have an FAA 3rd class medical

Further milestones may be met within the category of flight instructor, earning you different types of certifications:

  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI): A flight instructor for single-engine aircraft
  • Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFII): A flight instructor that teaches instrument flying
  • Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI): A flight instructor for multi-engine aircraft

Frequently Asked Questions

Starting your pilot training is exciting and there are multiple steps in the process. Our job is to guide you through these steps and make your flight training an enjoyable experience.

To earn aPrivate Pilot Certificate, FAR Part 61 details the information you must learn and requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight training: 30 with an instructor and 10 solo. Few people complete their training in the minimum amount of time; most take 60 to 80 hours.

You must meet the basic FAA criteria:

  • Be at least 16 years old (14 years old for operating a glider or balloon).
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
  • Hold at least a third class medical certificate (not required for glider or balloon certificates) from an aviation medical examiner (AME), who is an FAA-approved doctor, if you’re pursuing a recreational or private pilot certificate, or hold at least a current and valid U.S. driver’s license if you plan to earn a sport pilot certificate. If you have physical limitations that make it difficult for you to meet the medical requirements, the FAA may place operating limitations on your pilot certificate to ensure the safe operation of the aircraft.

If you are pursuing a private, instrument or multi-engine certificate you will most likely learn to fly in a two- or four-seat airplane with one engine and fixed landing gear. Most training airplanes carry two to four hours of aviation fuel and fly about 100 mph.

The options are endless! Take local sightseeing flights with friends and family, travel farther for business or recreation. Test your mettle (and your stomach) learning to fly aerobatics for fun or competition. Build and fly your own aircraft or restore and fly antique/classic aircraft. Join a flying club to connect with other aviation enthusiasts. You can also support a growing number of flight organizations that support humanitarian causes, such disaster relief or transportation for non-critical medical treatment. You can also continue your training all the way to Commercial Certificate and apply for an airlines or become a corporate/charter pilot.

Additional Training

Available Courses

25 hrs

Ground Training

The course is designed to ensure pilots are well prepared to answer examination questions, both oral and written, through extensive knowledge and preparation. This course is taught in-person or online

30 hrs

Commercial Pilot Certificate

If you want to fly for compensation or hire, you’ll need at least the commercial certificate. It’s a prerequisite to work as a flight instructor, corporate or charter pilot or fly skydivers, etc

15 hrs

Flight Instructor Certificate

Build fundamental knowledge and develop your teaching skills. The FAA has already certified you as a competent commercia pilot; our job is to ensure that you become a well-prepare instructor

5 hrs

High Performance Training

Pilots will become familiar with the characteristics and procedures for the high-performance airplane. Training is designed to teach the pilot how to stay ahead of the airplane in all phases of flight

Start Your Journey


Book now at Top Flight Aviation Flight School and embark on a thrilling journey towards your aviation dreams with our expert instructors, best training programs, unwavering commitment to safety, and a passion for helping you soar to new heights.