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What is a gold seal flight instructor and how does it differ from a usual flight instructor? Does it offer any additional privileges or prestige?

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A gold seal flight instructor is obtained by having a ground instructor certificate and within the previous 24 months have a pass/fail rate of 80% or above and recommending at least 10 applicants.

It is a way for the FAA to recognize the best instructors in the industry. You do not get any special privileges with the gold seal.

See AC 61-65 for more details.

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    $\begingroup$ No special privileges? You do get to carry around that fancy gold seal.... i.imgur.com/ohFbydJ.png $\endgroup$ – casey Aug 14 '15 at 14:49
  • $\begingroup$ You do get listed as such, which gets more students ringing your phone. $\endgroup$ – KeithS Aug 14 '15 at 18:11
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    $\begingroup$ @KeithS speaking from experience, my gold seal did nothing to increase students calling, let alone showing up for flights. :) $\endgroup$ – egid Aug 15 '15 at 0:07

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