One of the requirements to be a flight instructor in the USA is FAA theoretical exams.

Can I sit those exams with EASA ATPL theory basis? Also, do I have the right to sit those exams without completing an official FAA theory exam preparation process?


There is no official theory exam preparation process that is required to be able to take the test, you can do all preparation on your own. If you are asking if having passed the EASA ATP theory exam means you don't have to take the FAA CFI then the answer is no, you definitely would have to take the exam, although I don't think that's your question.

I think what you're asking is if the material in the EASA ATP is the same in the FAA CFI and you don't need to study. While the material is very similar and there will be a lot of overlap the two are not the same, there will be questions which ask specifically about FAA regulations, testing standards and student training which are not obvious and you are not likely to pass without knowing the material.


You are going to have to be a little bit more clear with your question. I don't know exactly what you are asking.

With that said, for the CFI-Airplane initial practical test, you will have to have taken the CFI Aeronautical Knowledge Test (I hope I have the current wording correctly). As far as I know, there are no substitutions, and you must take that test.

Additionally, you will need to take a Fundamentals of Instruction test, unless you already have a Ground Instructor certificate or you are an accredited teacher. Around here if one is "licensed" to teach K or 1st grade, that is considered adequate to waive the FOI test.

The knowledge for a CFI is quite different from the knowledge needed for an ATP (while ATPs may teach in their work). Furthermore, the expectations and rules for CFIs vary between countries. I know Canadian CFIs who have had to struggle with the US CFI coursework, despite their obvious competence and excellent track record in Canada.

One more item worth mentioning: The ability to answer as well as ask questions in a clear and unambiguous manner is an expectation of CFI's in the US. So you will want to hone you skills a bit, based upon the clarity of the question you asked.


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