Flight Instructor Course
Teach what you love!
Do you love to fly? And, do you love sharing your knowledge with others? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions, you would make a great flight instructor!
At Epic Flight Academy, we understand the importance of learning and continued education. Professional pilots are required to learn over the course their entire aviation career. Whether they are upgrading to new aircraft or technology, or they are completing their six-month currency check, every professional pilot will forever be a student. Becoming a flight instructor is a great way to do both: teach and learn. And, you’ll build hours that can help you become hired as a commercial airline pilot someday.
Whether you are brand new to teaching and flight instruction or are very experienced, we are confident that you will thrive in our self-paced Flight Instructor Academy. This course is taught by Captain Mike Thompson whose impressive credentials and enthusiasm for teaching and flying make him an excellent instructor.
“Teaching is the highest form of understanding.”
Initial Flight Instructor (CFI) Course
As a Certificated Flight Instructor, you will gain the qualifications to teach Private Pilot and Commercial Single-Engine students. Our flight school hires motivated, certified instructors, which frequently leads to the offer of a paid instructing position here at Epic upon successful completion of the course. We love hiring our successful students, because we know they have undergone rigorous training.
Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their CFI, study hard, and make pilot training the top priority, can complete within a 6-week period. Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their CFI takes 12 weeks to finish based on an estimated 3 activities per week. However, our listed course durations are estimates, and we highly encourage you to chat with an Admissions Representative. They can discuss your training needs and availability and provide a customized approximation. Also, should you need assistance, financing options are available.
CFI Ground School – 120 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 13 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Hours: 151 (2 months)
Total Course Tuition: $8,230.00
Certificated Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) Add-on Course
CFII or Certified Flight Instructor Instrument allows one to teach instrument rating applicants, both on aeronautical knowledge and flight training. If you’re already a professional pilot, this is the best way to build your instrument skills.
Total Hours: 34 (3 weeks)
Total Course Tuition: $4,405.00
Multi-Engine Flight Instructor (MEI) Add-on Course
As an MEI, you will have the qualifications and credentials to teach students in Multi-Engine courses. Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their MEI, study hard, and make pilot training their top priority can complete within a 4-week period.
Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their CFI takes 12 weeks to finish based on an estimated 3 activities per week. However, our listed course durations are estimates, and we highly encourage you to chat with an Admissions Representative directly about your training needs and availability. They can provide you with a customized approximation.
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
Flight Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 6 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 15 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 4 Hours
Total Hours: 30 (3 weeks)
Total Course Tuition: $4,230.00
*Students must have a minimum of 15 hours of Multi-Engine PIC time in order to qualify as a Multi-Engine instructor. Students with previous flight experience typically only require 5 hours of dual PA-44 flight time.
EPIC CFI Ground School
Please note the following information about your course schedule and expectations:
- All CFI classes run 1100 to 1400 for 8 weeks, 120 hours
- CFI Classes run Monday – Friday
- Your CFI Classes are in the Amelia Earhart classroom, Building A
- Students are expected to come into this class with thorough commercial SE knowledge and ideally a commercial SE license
- This class is a lot of work, so a high level of motivation is expected!
Meet Your Flight Instructor Team Leader!
- Master’s Degree in Education
- 30 Years of Teaching Experience
- Author of Telling Is not Teaching: The Flight Instructor’s Handbook
- A&P Mechanic
Mike wrote his breakthrough teaching book for flight instructors, and it is applicable to teachers of all disciplines. It promotes the idea that the “new school” of teaching, which embraces electronic technology, cannot sacrifice the “old school” of human relationships. The human brain stills learns in largely the same way that it has for millennia. Mike’s unique background in education and aviation, combined with the resources available at our award-winning flight school, produce an extraordinary result for students.
What’s next after I earn my Flight Instructor (CFI) License?
Once you have earned your CFI, you will probably want to go on to the next rating: ATP-CTP Course (Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program). This is the last step toward the ultimate goal of becoming a professional pilot!