Do you want to become a certified flight instructor (CFI) but are wary of how long it may take? Do you have limited time on your hands but unlimited dreams? If you are wondering to yourself “How long does it take to get a CFI?” then the answer may surprise you. At Sierra Charlie, we offer a variety of accelerated programs to suit your busy schedule.

About Sierra Charlie

Sierra Charlie Aviation is an approved Cessna Pilot Center, a designation achieved by a only a limited number of flight schools. We use the Cessna Flight Training System in our programs, and our growing training fleet includes brand new Cessna 172 Skyhawks that are G1000 equipped and coupled with GFC700 autopilot.

The structure of our FAR Part 61 pilot training system provides our students with scheduling flexibility. Students can rearrange the content and sequence of their flying lessons to meet their individual needs, a factor that is important when you have limited available training time.

About CFI Training 

The CFI is not really a pilot certificate, it’s a teaching certificate. A person who holds a flight instructor certificate (called a “certificated flight instructor” or CFI) is authorized to train, endorse, sign-off, check, and examine student pilots. CFIIs are responsible for teaching pilots how to fly in instrument conditions.

Many pilots who want to work in professional aviation become CFIs or CFIIs in order to build experience.

Sierra Charlie Aviation’s CFI training syllabus will help you develop the decision-making skills that will make you a quality instructor, and it incorporates real-world scenarios that pilots face every day. 

Accelerated Programs

We offer five distinct accelerated programs that allow you to get to where you need to be quickly. You can, with no prior training, earn your private pilot license by completing our accelerated private pilot training in as little as 3-4 weeks.

Instrument training, the next logical step, generally takes 2-3 weeks in our accelerated program. Our accelerated commercial piloting class also takes 2-3 weeks. We also offer two accelerated CFI training courses – the first (CFI) lasting 3-4 weeks and the second (CFII) lasting 2-3 weeks.

Our Award-Winning Flight School

Sierra Charlie Aviation has been recognized as one of the top flight schools in the country by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and our owner and senior flight instructor, Scott Campbell, was named as one of the top 1% of instructors in the United States along with senior flight instructor, Tom DeYoung.

Our team of instructors is rich and varied, with a number of different aviation backgrounds represented. This allows for a variety of teaching styles and methods to be represented. When combined with our flexibility as a Part 61 flight school, we try our best to serve your individual needs as students.

If you were wondering, “How long does it take to get a CFI?” then we hope we have answered your question. If you are willing to put in the work to achieve your goals of teaching students to fly, Sierra Charlie Aviation is here to help you do just that. Don’t hesitate to call us at (480) 474-4115.