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So you want to be a CFI
So you want to be a CFI? So you want to be a CFI? I have always believed that the real learning begins when one starts teaching. Everybody has their own reasons as to why they want to be a CFI. There are some retired Air Force and Airline pilots, who want to become CFIs so they can share their professional...
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Instrument Proficiency Check – Guidance
The certificated flight instructor (CFI) performs one of the most vital and influential roles in aviation, because the aviation educator’s work matters not just for the individual pilot, but for every passenger who entrusts his or her life to that pilot’s knowledge, skill, and judgment. The instrument...
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Certificate, Ratings and Endorsements or a License
Here is a link to a great article written by Susan Parson in the May/June 2008 edition of FAA Aviation News. Susan did a great job explaining the difference between a Pilot’s License and a FAA Pilot Certificate. She also goes on to explain the FAA Pilot Ratings and Endorsements. Click here to download...
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10 Ways to Renew your CFI
Here are 10 ways one can renew an unexpired CFI certificate with the FAA. For expired certificates this would not be a viable option.
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FAA pilot certificate to Canadian TCCA pilot license conversion
AC 61-135 describes the procedures and processes involved in converting the FAA pilot certificate to Canada TCCA pilot license and vice versa. Conversion does not mean that one has to surrender the current FAA or TCCA pilot certificate. It is not authorized for a pilot to obtain and maintain both FAA...
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How do I get a replacement Knowledge Test Result
Did you lose your knowledge test result? Lost CFI knowledge test result Well, you should have kept it in a safer place to begin with. Anyways, this is how you can get a replacement one from the FAA – Complete the Application for lost or destroyed knowledge test report and mail it to the FAA, OR Simply...
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Spin or No Spin for CFI initial Re-test
I have been meaning to write about this topic for a while now. Even though I think about Stall/Spin instructional proficiency each time I am teaching and signing off a new CFI initial applicant, but these 2 incidents below still intrigue me, and make me wonder which one was a correct interpretation of...
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See and Avoid
This morning I met with the Sacramento FSDO’s FAA FAAST Team manager. He seemed really excited about the FAAST Team and it’s programs and agenda. And of course I was there to see him as I found myself really excited about their new website and the much awaited automation and multi-media support and training...
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Multi Engine Checkrides – DPE not required type specific LOA
Until recently, we used to have this one problem that was a nightmare to deal with. A student would show up with his/her own multi engine airplane and would ask us to train in their airplane for the CFI, CFII or MEI, or even a commercial/flight instructor combination course. In any case, the training...
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