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CFI/CFII

Certified Flight Instructor / Certified Instrument Flight Instructor

Certified Flight Instructor

Almost every professional helicopter pilot working today has spent time as a flight instructor (CFI).  Becoming a CFI is a great accomplishment and it allows you to hone your skills and share your knowledge to create the next generation of pilots.  Before you can earn your CFI rating, you must hold a helicopter Commercial pilot license. 

  • Minimum 18 years old  
  • Hold a Commercial helicopter pilot license 
  • Must read, write, speak and understand the English language
  • Hold a current FAA medical certificate
  • Pass both FAA written knowledge tests; (FOI) Fundamentals of Instruction and the Helicopter Flight Instructor 
  • Pass an FAA practical exam

If you already hold a fixed wing CFI rating (or higher), you do not need to take the fundamentals of instruction written test again, but you will need to take the helicopter CFI knowledge test.

CFII - Certified Instrument Flight Instructor

The Certified Instrument Flight Instructor rating allows you to do instrument training with students for their instrument rating. Most flight schools prefer to hire CFII’s and it will help prepare you for your future career in aviation.

  • Minimum 18 years old 
  • Hold a Commercial helicopter pilot license with an instrument rating 
  • Must read, write, speak and  understand the English language
  • Hold a current FAA medical certificate
  • Pass both FAA written knowledge tests; (FOI) Fundamentals of Instruction and the Helicopter Flight Instructor Instrument (FOI exam from your CFI counts so you don’t have to do it twice)
  • Pass an FAA practical exam

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