A Day in the Life of a Flight Trainer – Airways | Airlines

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DALLAS — Everyone remembers a good teacher. However, a commercial aviation flight instructor mentors students who will go on to be responsible for thousands of people’s lives over the course of their careers. Artemis Aerospace looks at the work of the people who teach pilots to fly.

Becoming a qualified pilot is a major undertaking; for many people, it’s realizing a lifelong dream. Getting them to that stage falls on the flight instructor, and it’s a complex but incredibly rewarding job. There’s a shortage of pilots and trainers, so now is a great time for pilots to consider utilizing their flying skills to bring on the next cohort.

To become a flight instructor, you must undertake a course lasting around five or six weeks if done full-time. There are stringent pre-entry requirements for this, and applicants are usually required to have:

  • A UK CAA CPL (Commercial Pilot’s Licence) or PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) plus at least 200 hours of flying time, 150 of which should be as PIC (Pilot in Command).
  • A pass in CPL-level theoretical flight knowledge exams.
  • Ten hours of instrument flight training and twenty hours of VFR (Visual Flight Rules) cross-country flying as PIC, including landing at different aerodromes.
  • A required number of SEP (Safety and Emergency Procedures) training hours.
  • A pass in a pre-course flight test no longer than six months before entry.

A flying instructor’s course will usually involve around 30 hours of teaching and learning tuition, 100 hours of theory, and 30 hours of flight training, leading to a final exam and FI certification.

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A Typical Day for a Flight Instructor


There isn’t a typical day in the life of a flight instructor. As a multi-crew co-operation instructor, you will be training students to operate as both pilot and co-pilot in a multi-engine commercial airplane, involving VFR (Visual Flight Rules) and IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) and all the…

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