Earning the Certified Flight Instructor Certificate is nothing short of transformative! You now shift positions from student to instructor. You also shift positions in the aircraft…from the left seat to the right seat!
Instead of memorizing just enough to pass the CFI/FOI written tests, your CFI training at Sierra Charlie Aviation will provide you with the tools you need to become a proficient teacher and show you how to communicate and build relationships with your students.
Being a flight instructor is an awesome responsibility. The way you teach (or fail to teach) student pilots may affect their desire to continue training and may determine the outcome of an emergency years later. We’ll make sure you’re ready!
Our skilled instructors are seasoned pilots with decades of experience as pilots. Several of them also have degrees in education and have earned AOPA Flight Training Experience Awards as Distinguished Flight Instructors. You will not find a more qualified or experienced team of instructors to learn from.
Prerequisites: Valid FAA medical certificate; passed Flight Instructor Airplane (FIA) and Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) written knowledge tests; Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with Instrument Rating (IFR).
CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (CFI)
The Sierra Charlie Aviation Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) training course integrates flight training with your instructor in the aircraft, ground school instruction and test prep.
Areas of study include: fundamentals of effective teaching; psychology of learning; lesson planning; classroom instruction techniques; night training techniques; preflight preparation; basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight; aeronautical decision making and judgment; ground operations; airport operations; emergency operations; and after-landing procedures.
You can take the accelerated route to finish your CFI training in little as 2 to 3 weeks, or you can take up to 6 weeks to go through the course at your own pace.
Successful completion of this Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) course will qualify you to instruct students in single-engine aircraft. Few things are more rewarding than teaching someone to fly solo for the very first time, and then guiding them to reach their aviation goals!
CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR, INSTRUMENT (CFII)
CFII, or Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, qualifies you to teach student pilots seeking certification and various endorsements, both on aeronautical knowledge and flight training. You will also be qualified to administer instrument proficiency examinations.
The CFII certification is an add-on to your CFI certification. If you are already a professional pilot, it is a terrific way to get paid while building your instrument skills.
The accelerated course for a CFII certificate at Sierra Charlie Aviation lasts from 2 to 3 weeks.