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?


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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    $\begingroup$ If you are a DPE or a Chief tInstructor at 141 school you can substitute conducitng 20 practical tests in lieu of the 10 candidate/80% pass rate. You can also combine the requirements: (Two practical tests conducted equal the credit given for one applicant trained and recommended for a practical test.) $\endgroup$
    – user57189
    Apr 27 '21 at 16:59

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