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 (certificated) flight instructor or CFI is a certificate, with the following possible Ratings:

Airplane single engine and/or multi-engine

Instrument Airplane

Your Flight Instructor certificate, if taken as a CFII as initial issue, will indicate as:

Flight Instructor Instrument Airplane

Limitations

You will be limited to teaching only Instrument maneuvers, and instrument rating students. As the flight instructor rating is Instrument Airplane, so you are allowed to teach either in a single or a multi-engine airplane, but that is a whole separate discussion, and we will do so in a different post.

How

To obtain your CFII as an initial CFI certificate/rating, you will need to accomplish everything required for the CFII rating plus FOI. The FOI knowledge exam has to be passed, and during the checkride you will need to meet the FOI knowledge requirements just the same as a normal CFI initial applicant.

How about if I want to add airplane single and/or multi-engine rating later

Sure you can do so. Just skip the FOI portion and be prepared with the rest of the CFI airplane SE or ME PTS.

Post Date: December 12, 2009


1 Comment

  • Alexander Selmer Sandum says:

    TO BECOME A GOOD PILOT …. YOU MUST ALWAYS BEFORE EVERY FLIGHT TRIP … THINK THIS CAN KILL ME … BUT GIVE 100% FOCUS … FOR ME..I PASSED ALL EXAM AND CHECKRIDE … ONLEY ONE WHO MADE EVERY TEST, AND PASSED WITH NO MISTAKES.. …I GOT: 500 HOURS AND 1000 TAKE OF AND LANDINGS …. BUT ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR MY CAREER POPPED UPP …. WHICH IS A LOT … ACTUALLY EXTREMELY DIFFICULT AND ETHICS THAT SPINN IN MY HEAD. JUST WANTED TO BECOME A PILOT … BUT I CANNOT WRITE ABOUT WHAT MY MISSION IS !!!
    GO FOR IT!! VERY EXCITING AND FUN EDUCATION! AND IT’S A BRAIDED EDUCATION.. SUDDENLY IT’S 3 WEEKS GROUNDSCHOOL, SO OUT TO FLY FOR 3 WEEKS, THEN TO BACK TO SCHOOL, SO OUT TO FLY AGAIN … IT’S CHALLENGING, EXCITING AND YOU GET ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD “BROTHERHOOD” WITH THE STUDENTS YOU WORK WITH!!!
    ..KEEP ALWAYS GOOD MOOD (AS AN INSTRUCTOR, NEVER SHUT UP THE STUDENTS (WHEN THEY TRY TO KILL YOU) BUT SMILE AND SAY WHAT WAS WRONG, AND NEVER DO IT AGAIN.. AS AN INSTRUCTOR..IF THE STUDENT FINDS IT DIFFICULT AND SCARY AND NEEDS MORE TRAINING = MORE HOURS IN YOUR LOG BOOK (IT’S ABOUT MAKING THE MOST HOURS, SO YOU CAN BECOME A CAPTAIN IN A LARGER COMPANY … AS FOR EXAMPLE, LUFTHANSA, NORWEGIAN, AIRBALTIC, SAS, ETC.
    A BAD STUDENT= MORE HOURS IN THE LOGG BOOK ;)..YOU WILI INTIMIDATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STUDENT ALSO.. NEVER BE ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED, BECAUSE THEN THE STUDENT WILL BE AFRAID OF THE INSTRUCTOR, AND LOSE / FOCUS … I HAD AN INSTRUCTION PIPE THAT WAS SOUR AND MOUTHED (UNDER MY INSTRUMENT) FLIGHT TRAINING! BUT AFTER THAT I SWITCH TO A MUCH CALMER AND KINDER INSTRUCTOR, AND DID NOT CARE THAT THE OHTER INSTRUKTOR BECAME SOUR!! FUCK HIM..FOCKUS ON YOUR SELV
    AA NERVOUS STUDENT WHO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THING QUICKLY AND IS NERVOUS..IS GOOD TO HAVE!!
    . (THEN YOU MOST FLY MORE! AND LOG BOOK GETS MORE HOURS AS A PILOT IN COMAND !! BE ALL PATIENT AND COZY, THEN THE STUDENT LEARNS MUCH MORE!!!!!!! …WRITTEN BY ME………… ALEXANDER SELMER SANDUM

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