Teach others to fly!

The Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) is the ultimate professional pilot. A CFI is also the backbone of the aviation community. At Class Bravo Air we set high standards for the instructors we hire, and we expect the pilots we train as CFI’s to meet those same standards. The process of becoming a flight instructor involves first learning to be a teacher, and then applying that skill in an airplane.

Most of your training time towards your CFI certificate will be spent one on one with an experienced flight instructor covering the required knowledge areas.It will take a minimum of 30-40 hrs of ground to cover all of the required areas. We do our best to ensure you have an instructional level of knowledge so you are prepared to teach the next generation of pilots. You will spend considerably less time in the airplane as there are no new maneuvers to learn, all you are doing is transition to the right seat. It typically takes a CFI applicant less than 10 hours to to feel comfortable performing the commercial maneuvers from the right seat.

CFI Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Hold a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating or airline transport pilot certificate
  • Pass two written tests with a score of 70% or better, FIA – Flight Instructor Airplane and FOI – Fundamentals of Instruction
  • Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor (2 year CFI) on following areas:

Fundamentals of Instructing

  • The Learning Process
  • Human Behavior and Effective Communication
  • The Teaching Process
  • Teaching Methods
  • Critique and Evaluation
  • Flight Instructor Characteristics and Responsibilities
  • Planning Instructional Activities

Technical Subject Areas

  • Aeromedical Factors
  • Visual Scanning and Collision Avoidance
  • Principals of Flight
  • Airplane Flight Controls
  • Aircraft Weight and Balance
  • Navigation and Flight Planning
  • Night Operations
  • High Altitude Operations
  • Federal Aviation Regulations and Publications
  • National Airspace System
  • Navigation Aids and Radar Services
  • Logbook Entries and Certificate Endorsements

Preflight Preparation

  • Certificates and Documents
  • Weather Information
  • Airworthiness Requirements
  • Operations of Systems
  • Performance Limitations
  • A Preflight Lesson on a Maneuver to be Performed in Flight

Preflight Procedures

  • Preflight Inspections
  • Cockpit Management
  • Engine Starting
  • Taxiing
  • Before Takeoff Check

Airport Operations

  • Radio Communication and Light Gun Signals
  • Traffic Patterns
  • Airport and Runway Markings and Lighting

Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds

  • Normal and Crosswind Takeoff and Climb
  • Short Field Takeoff and Maximum Performance Climb
  • Go around and Rejected Landing
  • Normal and Crosswind Approach and Landing
  • Short Field Approach and Landing

Fundamentals of Flight

  • Straight and Level Flight
  • Level Turns
  • Straight Climbs and Climbing Turns
  • Straight Descents and Descending Turns

Performance Maneuvers

  • Steep Turns

Ground Reference Maneuvers

  • Rectangular Course
  • S Turns
  • Turns around a Point

Slow Flight, Stalls, and Spins

  • Maneuvering During Slow Flight
  • Power On Stalls
  • Power Off Stalls
  • Accelerated Stalls
  • Spins

Basic Instrument Maneuvers

  • Straight and Level Flight
  • Constant Airspeed Climbs
  • Constant Airspeed Descents
  • Turns to Headings
  • Recovery from Unusual Attitudes

Emergency Operations

  • Engine Failure Before Vr
  • Engine Failure After Takeoff
  • Emergency Descent
  • Emergency Equipment and Survival Gear

Postflight Procedures

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