CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR

What You Will Learn

  • How to Provide Flight Training

  • How to Provide Ground Training

  • Common Student Mistakes and How to Correct Them

  • How to Instruct, Evaluate, & Motivate Effectively

Once you have your Commercial Pilot Certificate, it is time to start thinking about your first paying job as a helicopter pilot, which for most people is working as a certified flight instructor. Many people choose this path because they want an opportunity to pass on the skills and knowledge they received during their training.  Also, being a flight instructor is a fantastic “Time Builder” for increasing your flight hours.

During this training course you will learn the fundamentals of instruction, including how to teach ground training topics and flight maneuvers, while also learning how to appropriately respond to student’s actions in flight. During the flight portion, you will learn how to teach flight skills and maneuvers effectively and efficiently (now from the left seat) to your students. Learning common student pitfalls and how to avoid them is also covered in your training.

By employing scenarios, real-world situations, and knowledge from our most senior instructors, you will learn how to use this information to best educate your students.

​The minimum requirement for Part 61 CFI Rating is roughly 30 to 40 hours of ground training, most of which is generating your own lesson plan to teach from, using the proper and effective teaching techniques you have learned.

You will also take part in Role Reversal as you will now switch places with your instructor and “teach” us so that we may evaluate, critique and make sure you are teaching the material correctly and effectively.

As far as the flight requirement, it is typically the difference between what ever hour mark you received your commercial rating at, to 200 hours which is required to instruct in Robinson Helicopters. During this time you will learn to fly to an acceptable standard from the instructor seat, as well as be expected to be able demonstrate that you can safely and effectively teach the required in-flight maneuvers.

 

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