What are the eligibility requirements to be a CFI?
14CFR 61.183 stipulates the eligibility requirements for one to be a Flight Instructor (CFI). Here is a simpler version.
- Minimum age – 18 years.
- Must be able to read, write, speak, understand the English language – refer AC 61-28B.
- Must hold either a Commercial Pilot or Airline Transport Pilot certificate (FAA).
- Must hold the Category and Class Rating appropriate to the CFI certificate/rating sought. For example, ASEL to qualify for CFI ASE.
- Must hold Instrument Rating Airplane (for airplane category) – currency/recency of experience is not required.
- Pass the 2 written exams – FOI and FIA.
- Receive CFI ground school training and flight training from an authorized instructor. Training and endorsements logged.
- Receive Stall and Spin awareness training to instructional proficiency level, leading to an endorsement from your instructor.
- Take the CFI practical test (CFI checkride)
Note – If you wish to go for CFII as the initial flight instructor rating, then, of course, the written exam would be FII instead of FIA. Spin training is still required.