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

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How valuable is CFI hours outside USA?

CFI serves as an excellent pathway to the airline industry. However, if I don't have the necessary paperwork to remain in the US and work, how does accumulating 1500 hours in single-engine aircraft ...
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Pilot briefing strip

Hello can you guys break this down for me? The briefing strip says Rwy 10 R helicopter visibility reduction below RVR 4000 NA. Is NA not authorized or Not available? Simultaneous approach authorized . ...
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Does the FAA provide a CFI knowledge test guide?

The FAA provides the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for commercial pilots. It discusses the topics asked on the knowledge test. I have only been able to find the Practical Test Standards (PTS) ...
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If I write out a solo endorsement and I decide I want to change the limitations

I am a new CFI and I just gave out my first solo endorsement. If I write out a student solo endorsement and decide I want to change the limitations. Can I? And if so, do I need to write out a new one ...
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I have a commercial rotorcraft student and he wants to get rated in an airplane

My new student has his commercial rotorcraft. He is working on his ASEL and he already has most of the experience requirements for PPL. Since he is already commercial rated wouldnt he be taking his ...
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Should I add or subtract PA when calculating performance

I am planning a cross country and I wanted to know how would I calculate my PA for performance. If the elevation of my airport is 16ft and the altimeter setting for the day is 30.03 I subtract 30.03 -...
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How do I interpret these Center of Gravity limits?

In the normal category of my c172, I have a COG range of forward 35.0 aft of datum at 1950lbs or less, with straight line variation to 40.0 inches aft of datum at 2450lbs The aft range is 47.3 of ...
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How to find altimeter settings for higher altitudes?

I am trying to calculate cruise performance, but how would I find the altimeter setting for a given altitude? I’ve looked at charts but they only show altimeter settings for the surface. Would I use ...
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How does temperature affect the altimeter [duplicate]

Hi Im having a time understanding Pressure levels as it relates to the altimeter. The answer says. The limitation of the altimeter is that, On warm days pressure levels are raised higher than on a std ...
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Adding a CFI-Airplane rating to existing CFI-Helicopter Certificate

Have a student who has CFI-Helicopter, and looking to get CFI-Airplane. Student has his commercial single engine airplane and wants to get CFI Airplane. What endorsements and any other factors will ...
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If I don't want to teach, is there any advantage to getting my CFI/CFII?

The title pretty much says it all. I'm not a good teacher, and I don't have any interest in instructing students. So, if I'm not going to get a job at a flight school, would getting a CFI certificate ...
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Hours needed to go from Private Pilot AMEL to ASEL

I was wondering about the minimum hours required to go from Private Multi-Engine Land to Private Single engine land.
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High performance endorsement

If I am a Commercial multi rated pilot with high performance and CFI. But not CFII or MEI, can I give a high performance endorsement to another commercial multi rated pilot in a multi engine? The ...
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61.39 (a)(6)(i) CFI applicant checkride question

I am taking my CFI checkride on 6/30, the very last day my 2 calendar month endorsement was granted (4/26). In the event the air portion of the checkride cannot be completed by that day and we go up ...
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Can I (FAA CPL / Korea CFI holder) log instructor time in the US?

I am a CFI in Korea, and I have FAA CPL. Can I log my logbook as instructor time? (FAR 61.41)
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Is it unusual to train with multiple CFIs?

I've been struggling to schedule my flight lessons. My current instructor tends to be available later hours, and the planes I've been training in book up especially fast during that time of day. I ...
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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 training ...
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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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