Academic Catalog

Flight Instructor Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 1 quarter long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

The flight instructor certificate allows a commercial and instrument-rated pilot to train flight students in acquiring their private and commercial pilot certificates. The instrument flight instructor rating allows the holder to train students working toward their instrument rating. Flight instructors can also teach aviation ground schools.

Employability Requirements: To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test, a flight test, and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 18 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards and possess an FAA Commercial certificate with Instrument Rating. Second class FAA medical certificate required prior to first day of class. Please contact instructor for details.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. Contact instructor for details.

Note: Students often complete their program requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities and the availability of aircraft and suitable weather. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all of the requirements may exceed those listed above in some cases.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
AVP 260Certified Flight Instructor I4
AVP 265Certified Flight Instructor II4
AVP 268Certified Instrument Flight Instructor4
 Technical Credits12

Certified Flight Instructor I

Item #
AVP 260
Total Credits
4

Receive initial training in teaching and learning theory as well as overall review of commercial pilot aeronautical knowledge subject areas. Student will be trained to fly the aircraft from the right seat to Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards. 

Prerequisites
FAA Commercial Pilot, Airplane Certificate and Instrument Airplane Rating. Instructor permission only.
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Certified Flight Instructor II

Item #
AVP 265
Total Credits
4

Master proper teaching techniques from the right seat of the training aircraft. Develop proficiency in conducting aeronautical knowledge briefings. Successful completion will result when knowledge and proficiency meet and/or exceed FAA Practical Test Standards. 

Prerequisites
AVP 260 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Certified Instrument Flight Instructor

Item #
AVP 268
Total Credits
4

Acquire the aeronautical knowledge, skills and experience necessary to obtain an FAA Instrument Flight Instructor Rating added to student’s Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. 

Prerequisites
FAA Commercial Pilot Airplane Certificate with Instrument Airplane Rating Certified Flight Instructor-Airplane Certificate. Instructor permission only.
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This page was last updated on July 22, 2015.