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Certified Flight Instructor, allowed to provide flight instruction for other pilots.

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How many FAA-Certified Flight Instructors Hold a Gold Seal?

About how many, and approximately what percent of the instructors who are certified under the FAA hold a gold seal on their CFI certificate? How many not including expired certificates capable of ...
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What are the required CFI-A Initial Endorsements?

What endorsements are required to be given for a CFI initial checkride? (It seems unclear what the exact answer is and ultimately up to the DPE) First of all, 61-65H contains 2 endorsements which do ...
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If I'm cleared for the approach while established in a hold, can I turn inbound immediately?

If you are established in holding and on an outbound leg (say you are 30 sec outbound on a 1 min or 3.5nm on a 7nm leg) and you are subsequently “cleared approach,” are you allowed to immediately turn ...
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What are cloud clearance requirements around scuds?

I'm a private pilot (in the U.S.) and I was doing hood instrument training with my instructor under VFR. I put on the hood and we did an instrument takeoff, and I flew up to 4,500 feet to do some VOR ...
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Why are flight instructors in the US called CFIs?

I live in EASA-land (Europe), here we call our flight instructors simply that, "FIs". That they hold an instructors certificate is simply implied. Why are flight instructors in FAA-land (US) ...
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Is a CFI's 1st-time pass-rate based on the student or the instructor's first attempt?

This question doesn't apply to anything I have done personally, and beyond word-of-mouth, I have no references about this happening. Some people claim that if an instructor endorses a student and they ...
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Can a CFI give training outside the US in a non-N registered aircraft?

My question is if a US CFI can give instruction in other countries with an airplane that's not registered in the US (N) (as long as he has certifications to fly those airplanes in other countries)? ...
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If I buy my own aircraft in which to earn my PPL, does my instructor need to be certified to fly the type of aircraft I own/am training in?

It seems the most cost-effective way to earn my PPL is to purchase my own plane (with the intention to keep it for quite some time). I believe I would therefore need to find a CFI that is certified ...
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Is it possible to give an endorsement via text message or email?

Is it possible to give an endorsement to student pilot via email or text message? For example, I gave an endorsement to my student for a XC. However, he stuck at the destination airport after the ...
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Difference between Assessment and Critique?

I was reading Aviation Instructor Handbook. I don't know the difference between assessment and critique. That would be great if someone could explain about it! Thank you! In my understanding, ...
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For the CFIs, CFIIs, MEIs, and AGIs - How often do you find students that utilize your ratings?

I am curious. Out of 100 new students that walk into the average flight school, how many only need a standard CFI, how many do instrument training, and how many do multi-engine training? Additionally, ...
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Do you get separate certificates for CFI and CFII?

I passed my CFII checkride the same month my CFI was to expire. So far I have only received a new CFI card in the mail. Shouldn’t I be receiving a card that says CFII on it as well, or should the card ...
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Does a CFI have to be a CFII to fly with a student in IMC?

A CFI wants to fly with a student under the following conditions: CFI has ASEL pilot cert with Instrument Rating CFI has ASEL Instructor cert with NO Instrument Rating CFI is current in all regards ...
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Where can a 300lb person get a spin endorsement in Miami? [duplicate]

I'm in Miami Working on my CFI, I'm at the level of trying to get my spin endorsement. The problem is I'm 6'2" and 300lb, so I need your help.
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Am I required to be current in my aircraft type to start CFI training? [closed]

Do i have to be current on my type (Cessna 172) to start flying the flight instructor training course?
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Do check rides completed by part 141 schools with self-examining authority count like normal check rides for CFI renewal and gold seal?

Some schools have self-examining authority issued by the FAA. Do check rides completed in this manner count the same way as a standard check ride for the purpose of CFI renewal and gold seal ...
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Is there a age limit to become a CFI?

I’m a new PPL and I would love to become a CFI in the next 2 years (or so). My objective would be to transfer what I know (and will have learned) to aspiring pilots. I’m older, though (just about to ...
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Under which condition is a forward CG most critical?

This question is from CFI written exam. (6824) “Under which condition is a forward CG most critical?” The answer is “Forward CG is most critical during landing. If it is too far forward, the ...
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How should a newly minted instructor sign an endorsement?

A newly issued flight instructor certificate often has the word "PENDING" in the certificate number field. In 8900.1 Flight Standards, Volume 5, Section 1, Section 5, Paragraph 5-112(c)(2)(a) ...
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As of June 2019, can a DPE in the United States renew a CFI's certificate based on completion of a FIRC?

Flight instructors need to renew their CFI certificates every 24 months. One of the ways to do that is by completing a FIRC. In the past, you had to take your completed FIRC to the local FSDO and have ...
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Yet another "Why aren't I soloing yet?" scenario [closed]

Undoubtedly this question has been asked many times, but perhaps my situation is a little different than others. I'll try to be detailed but succinct: I've accrued about 18.5 hours, 17.5 under the ...
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When did the FAA begin offering added-rating tests for flight instructors?

I don't recall there being abridged versions of the knowledge test for added CFI ratings when I earned my initial CFI certification such as AIF(flight instructor instrument added rating), and back ...
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When is a CFII required to provide instrument training?

61.195(c) states: (c)Instrument rating. A flight instructor may conduct instrument training for the issuance of an instrument rating, a type rating not limited to VFR, or the instrument ...
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What is the history of the CFI spin endorsement requirement?

FAR 61.183(i)(1) requires that a Flight Instructor candidate receive a logbook endorsement certifying proficiency in slow flight, stalls and spins. How long has the requirement for spins been in the ...
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Can I apply for a Gold Seal any time, or only when I renew my CFI certificate?

Basically my CFI certificate expires almost a year from now, but I have met the requirements for Gold Seal. Can I obtain my Gold Seal now, or do I have to wait until its time to renew my CFI?
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Can a CFII log Dual Given if flying as SIC?

I am an MEI/CFII/ATP type rated and authorized jet pilot in Part 135 operation. On the legs where I'm SIC slinging gear and working radios, is it ok to log this time as "dual given" and PIC time as ...
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Will I have to redo flight time for switching to a new CFI?

The CFI that I am flying with is experiencing health issues and may not be able to fly anymore. If I switch to a different instructor will I have to redo flight time with the new instructor or is it ...
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Is there a new "best practices" technique for demonstrating stall recovery?

This is a question that is probably best suited for active flight instructors. I was doing an FBO checkout and the CFI asked me to demonstrate power on and power off stall recoveries, but well before ...
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How do I log simulator time in my logbook as a CFI?

I'm a CFII at a 141 flight school, and when I give instrument instruction in our AATD flight simulator I'm kind of confused on how to log it. Should I log "As Flight Instructor" time even though it's ...
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What is the FAA's definition of "for hire"?

(note: references to specific FAA documents or cases are always appreciated!) This is a general question and might best be considered as open-ended. It is, however, posed for clarification of a few ...
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What preflight passenger briefing items are required under Part 91?

I have been taught to use the SAFETY acronym, mostly for checkride purposes. Which of those items are explicitly required (give references please) to include on a PAX brief for non-compensatory pt 91 ...
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Can you become a CFI with only a PPL (EASA)?

In Europe, can you get your CFI rating with a PPL only or do you need a CPL? I assume that if you get paid to do flight instruction it's considered a commercial activity, so you'll need a CPL. But ...
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Where can I find the NTSB order for Administrator v. Walkup and/or v. Hamre?

In a footnote to Administrator v Strobel, the NTSB states: Our precedent makes clear that, “[r]egardless of who is manipulating the controls of the aircraft during an instructional flight, or ...
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How do foreigners (international students) work as airline pilots in the USA? [duplicate]

I am planning to study in the USA/Canada (whichever is easier to work afterwards) to get my pilot licenses from 0 to CFII or CFI-MEI, so my best bet is to apply for an F-1 visa program (since it ...
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Can a MEI CFI give a valid flight review in a plane for which he is not endorsed?

A friend of mine is working towards his initial CFI. I'm helping him work through regulatory, weather, and other knowledge stuff when time permits. During our most recent ground session he asked me ...
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Can one become a CFI with a sport license?

Under FAA can a sport pilot get a cfi endorsement for LSA category only? If so do they need a medical? Same questions for glider pilots.
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Is it true that as of 2014, flight reviews are waived for current flight instructors under FAA rules?

I'm assuming this is false, or I wouldn't be asking... Just the other day, another flight instructor in my local area, whom I know, told me: "... new rule as of 2014: if you keep your CFI current, ...
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Does a flight instructor rating supercede a ground instructor rating?

In the FAA jurisdiction, if an instructor candidate were to become a ground instructor (advanced and instrument) and receive that certificate, then later become a flight instructor (and CFII), would ...
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Light Plane: Transition to Right-Seat Flying: How to Prepare, What are Common Errors?

I'm preparing to start my CFI training and have almost exclusively logged all my time from the left seat of a Cessna 172 or 182. Is there a standard training program to transition to flying from the ...
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Do I get two different certificate cards if I earn both a pilot and a ground instructor certificate in the US?

I would like to know if one will be receiving two separate licenses in case he/she earns a pilot certificate as well as a ground instructor certificate in the US. Do the certificates come separately ...
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How does a CFI know what endorsements to give?

I am trying to figure out how a CFI knows what endorsements to give. Obviously AC 61-65E lays them out but what if someone is coming from a unique situation? Let's say someone has a helicopter license ...
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Who is responsible - CFII or the Private Pilot?

Here's the scenario: There is a Private Pilot working on their instrument rating. Alongside with him is their CFII. Let's say it is just a normal VFR flight, and they're getting back to their home ...
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What qualifications are required to become chief instructor at a 141 flight school (FAA)?

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,...
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What is a gold seal flight instructor?

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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How can a CFI renew their certificate with the FAA?

I've read that there are several ways a CFI can renew their FAA instructor certificate. What ways are available for a CFI to renew?
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Is there a downside to trying multiple flight instructors?

My local airport has a Part 61 flight school and gives students the option of selecting among three Certified Flight Instructors. Farhan and others have posted excellent explanations of ...
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Which refers to CFI renewal based on pass rate, "activities" or "duties and responsibilities"?

It's that time again, gotta re-up my CFI. I always forget when I'm filling out IACRA whether CFI renewals (in the United States) based on student pass rate percentage are considered "activites" or "...
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Becoming a CFI in the USA as a non-US citizen [closed]

This question is not about aviation itself, but rather about job opportunities in aviation. It kind of goes into law a little, maybe somebody has some experience with this issue though: Being from ...
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What qualifications are required for an authorized flight instructor to teach IFR in AATD simulators, in the U.S.?

I'm from Brazil, and I am working on an IFR certification process via AATD Training Course. We are having problems with the flight instructors; they must have valid IFR and CFI licences. The ...
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What is the intent of 61.93(b)(1)?

(b) Authorization to perform certain solo flights and cross-country flights. A student pilot must obtain an endorsement from an authorized instructor to make solo flights from the airport where the ...