Swaraj Sandhu

Best place to do your CFI training.. best instructors I have had throughout my pilot training. I’m really happy I chose this place to get my CFI. Also, really beautiful place to fly.

Byeomseok Jeon

What I love about CFI Academy is that you’re taught the why and you have to be able to explain the why. It’s challenging but you come out really knowing what you’re talking about at a deep level.

Roger Chen

I spent two and half weeks at CFI Academy. The environment is casual but the material is not. Prince is the lead instructor and the most knowledgeable CFI I’ve ever met. CFI Academy prepares you for success.

Nate Early

You can probably learn just as much anywhere else you go, but I can promise you, you won’t be ready to TEACH like you would be after going to CFI Academy.

Actions speak louder than words

Prince | CFI Academy | Lodi CA

Right after 9/11, in 2001 (19 years ago), many flight schools went out of business. As most flight schools were shutting down, I was getting overwhelmed with new business. At that time, I was running CFI Academy (since 1998) with on an average of 10-12 Flight Instructor applicants per class. As there were not many […]

Conversion of Canadian TCCA Pilot License to FAA Pilot Certificate

FAA | TCCA | USA | Canada

Canadian Pilot and Flight Instructor to FAA CFI Certification The FAA and Canada signed a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) back in 2008. This agreement was eventually expanded in 2014. BASA allows the Canadian pilots to easily obtain a US FAA issued pilot certificate, and vice-versa. The process is explained in detail in FAA’s Advisory […]

Endorsements and Training for Retest after Failure

Retest after failure Endorsements

Retesting After Failure – 14 CFR 61.49 A practical test can only have one of the 3 outcomes – Pass, Fail, or Discontinue. Of course the desired result is always to end up with a “Pass”, but then there are times when it does end up with a “Fail” or a “Discontinuation”. We are discussing […]

Clearing Turns – See and be Seen

Clearing Turns. Or, Clear the Area? “If this was a checkride, I’d do the clearing turns before each maneuver”. “Would you like for me to do clearing turns?” Surprisingly, I hear such statements coming from CFI applicants all the time. And this breaks my heart. Really, it does. Clearing turns have just one purpose – […]

How to get FCC Radio Operator Permit for FAA Commercial and Private Pilots


FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit FAA certificated pilots operating VHF radios and flying within the United States do not require any aircraft radio licensing or operator’s permit. Private or Commercial Pilots who fly outside of the United States, or who wish to operate an HF Radio need to obtain a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit from […]

Can I get MEI as Initial Flight Instructor

MEI course at CFI Academy

Why you should consider getting Initial Typically most Commercial Pilots opt for going the customary route of CFI, CFII and MEI  (Single Engine, Instrument and then Multi Engine). Nothing wrong with this approach. But there are advantages with going for MEI as initial certification as a flight instructor. Here are the “Reasons” and “Advantages” of […]