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CFI to teach in a Sea Plane
So what does it take for a Flight Instructor (CFI) to teach in a sea plane or amphibious airplane? Is there any special or additional training requirements? Any CFI certificate endorsement required? The answer is simple; you are allowed to teach in any single engine airplane for which you hold pilot...
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AGI or IGI with No Flight Instructor Certificate
I come across aviation teachers, holders of AGI and/or IGI, every now and then who either do not have a flight instructor certificate (CFI and/or CFII) yet, or even some who do not even have their Private Pilot certificate yet. Reasons are usually – great passion for aviation, but limited financial means...
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Foreign Flight Instructor conversion to FAA CFI
Foreign Flight Instructor Received an email this morning from someone who holds a Flight Instructor certificate (or license) in Netherlands, and also has instructor privileges in the military in his country. He wanted to know if there is a way for him to convert his Netherlands flight instructor license...
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Social Security Number and CFI Certificate Number
Your CFI certificate number is in fact your pilot certificate number ending with CFI. And no it does not end with a CFII or MEI, read my post about that as well. I got an email yesterday from a CFI, nicknamed Kazoo, asking me the following question: Its been years since I’ve taught and in that time I...
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Cory Lidle’s Cirrus SR-22 crash into a Manhattan Skyscraper
Cory Lidle was a New York Yankees pitcher, a private pilot and an aircraft owner. His Cirrus SR-22 crashed into a Manhattan skyscraper in October 2006, and on board with him was an FAA Certified Flight Instructor Tyler Stanger. There are a few videos attached with this post, for educational purposes,...
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CFII and MEI Combination Course
Note: If you do not have 15 hours PIC required to qualify for an MEI checkride, you definitely should consider our CFII plus MEI combo course. Instead of renting a multi-engine airplane to meet the MEI course pre-requisites, you can use this same 10 hours towards your CFII flight training. CFII and MEI...
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Can I take my initial CFI as a CFII
Question I have heard that I can be a CFII without getting my CFI. Is this possible? Answer Yes you can be a CFII without getting your CFI. In other words, you can be a certified flight instructor with an instrument airplane rating and not airplane single and/or multi-engine rating. Remember, Certified...
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Spin Training for CFI applicants
If you are working towards getting your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate, one of the requirements to be eligible is to have received and logged training time, in-flight, on stall / spin awareness, spin recognition, spin entry and spin recovery techniques. Refer 14 CFR 61.183(i). This training...
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I am a CFI, but want an AGI
The question: I already am a CFI, and I want to add an AGI certificate to my aviation credentials. What do I need to do? Here is the answer: If you already hold an FAA Flight Instructor certificate (CFI – ASE or AME), and you want to get an AGI now, all you need to do is follow these 3 steps: Pass an...
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