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Under the FAA jurisdiction flight school operations can be conducted under the provisions of part 61 or part 141. If a flight instructor wanted to become a chief instructor at a part 141 flight school, what would they need to be qualified?

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The requirements are in 14 CFR 141.35, Chief instructor qualifications. They're too long to quote here in full and the exact requirements depend on the type of instruction, but in summary:

  • Hold a commercial or ATP certificate
  • Hold a CFI certificate
  • Pass knowledge and proficiency tests
  • Meet minimum flight time requirements (depending on the type of instruction, e.g. 1000 hrs PIC time is required for private pilot instruction)
  • Meet minimum flight training time requirements

For training pilots for an instrument rating, the chief instructor also needs an instrument rating, instrument flight time and instrument training experience.

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