Flight Instructor: Description and the best paid jobs

Flight Instructor

Description… and where to find the best paid jobs

What is a Flight Instructor?

A Flight Instructor is responsible for training new pilots and increasing the skills of existing pilots, through the use of theoretical (classroom) and practical (flying) lessons.

Flight Instructor Job Description

A flight instructor is required to:

  • Develop and follow a training curriculum
  • Instruct students during training flights
  • Instruct students in a classroom setting
  • Assess student ability and proficiency
  • Report on student progress

They train students in:

  • Operating procedures
  • Aircraft systems
  • Navigation and radio operation
  • Aerodynamics
  • Problem analysis
  • How to handle emergency situations
Flight Instructor Requirements - How to become a flight instructor

To become certified an instructor is required to:

  • Already hold a pilot’s license
  • Possess a tertiary qualification in training principles and methods of instruction
  • Complete a course of training
  • Pass an instructor aeronautical knowledge examination
  • Pass a flight test
  • Meet aeronautical experience requirements

A Flight Instructor Handbook is used for training.

In the USA a Gold Seal Flight Instructor has met the extra requirements under FAA Orders 8700.1. This means they:

  • Can teach and evaluate a large number of student pilots
  • Maintain a high degree of professionalism and success
  • Have a high number of their students succeed in obtaining their license on their first attempt

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How many hours does it take to become a flight instructor?

A commercial pilot’s license is required in addition to the extra training to become an instructor. Typically the time required is between 190 and 250 hours.

Becoming a flight instructor may also mean taking a refresher course at various times.

Flight Instructor Salary

A certified instructor can expect to make:

  • Range – between $45,000 and $140,000 per annum (hourly rate – $21.63 to $67.30)
  • Average – around $55,000 per annum (hourly rate – $26.44)

The above flight instructor wages also include a helicopter flight instructor salary.

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