05 Jun Flight Instructor: Description and the best paid jobs
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
- 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
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.
Flight Instructor Resume
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