Become a Certificated Flight Instructor

Earning a Flight Instructor Certificate is an excellent way to gain experience and advance your career. At Cape Fear Aviation Flight Training, all Flight Instructor Trainees train with our Chief Flight Instructor, Dave Herwig.

By the time you are ready to start training to become a Certificated 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 writing your own lesson plans will give you a greater understanding of the material you'll be teaching. On a weekly basis, the Chief Flight Instructor will ask you to perform mock ground school lessons to small groups to refine your presentation skills.

When you complete both the in-flight and ground portions of your training with our Chief 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?

Speak with any of our Certificated Flight Instructors today!
Gray's Creek Airport:  7154 Butler Nursery Road, Fayetteville, NC 28306