Become a Certified Flight Instructor

Earning a Flight Instructor Certificate is an excellent way to gain experience and advance your career.

By the time you are ready to start training to become a Certified Flight Instructor, it is assumed that you have, can, and will continue to meet the expectations of a Commercial Pilot with an Instrument Rating. The training will teach you how to provide meaningful instruction while continuing to meet those expectations in-flight and will give you a thorough understanding of the learning process.

But your training won't take place in the air alone. At-home study is essential to becoming a CFI, and a solid knowledge your own lesson plans will give you a greater understanding of the material you'll be teaching. Your instructor will also have you perform mock ground school lessons to refine your presentation skills.

When you complete both the in-flight and ground portions of your training with our Flight Instructor, you will undoubtedly be ready to take the toughest checkride in aviation!

What Are the Eligibility Requirements?

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
  • Hold either a Commercial Pilot or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.
  • Hold an Instrument Rating.
  • Hold at least a third-class medical certificate.

What Are the Steps to Become a CFI?

To become a Certificated Flight Instructor, you must complete the following:

  • Two (2) aeronautical knowledge exams, administered by the FAA
    • Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI)
    • Flight Instructor-Airplane (FIA)
  • Practical test preparation
  • Practical test (aka. checkride)

What Aeronautical Experience is Required?

  • Demonstrate instructional proficiency in various aeronautical situations, including:
    • spin/stall awareness
    • spin entry procedures
    • spins
    • spin recovery procedures
  • At least fifteen (15) hours as pilot-in-command (PIC) in the applicable category and class aircraft that is appropriate to the flight instructor rating sought
  • At least three (3) hours of flight training with an authorized flight instructor within two (2) calendar months prior to the date of the checkride


"The deeper I got into my advanced ratings, the more seriously I took the process of picking a flight school. That's why choosing Cape Fear Aviation Flight Training was a no-brainer. My time there was fantastic, and I came out a more well-rounded pilot, all while having a great time." Chris Palmer, CFI-I graduate

Interested in Finding Out More?

Call today to get your CFI Training started with our Chief Pilot, Elayne
Gray's Creek Airport:  7154 Butler Nursery Road, Fayetteville, NC 28306