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Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII)

Take your instructor skills to new heights with our specialized CFII Academy. Building upon your existing CFI certification, our Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) program will equip you to teach the intricacies of instrument flying, opening up a world of opportunities for both your students and your career.

Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
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Program Overview

ActivePILOT’s intensive 14-day Flight Instructor Instrument CFII Academy is the fastest route to becoming a certified instrument flight instructor. We equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to guide aspiring pilots through the complexities of instrument flight. Our program seamlessly blends rigorous academics with practical flight experience, preparing you to confidently teach and mentor future aviators.

Elevate Your Skills with Our Immersive Curriculum:

  • 30 Hours of Focused Ground Instruction: Our academy-style classroom sessions dive deep into the nuances of the Flight Instructor Instrument rating. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of FAA regulations, endorsements, teaching methodologies, and effective communication techniques specific to instrument flight instruction.
  • Daily Hands-on “Workshops”: Theory comes to life in our interactive workshops. You’ll refine your instructional skills by developing engaging lesson plans, practicing scenarios on our advanced simulators, and engaging in collaborative learning with your fellow instructors-in-training.
  • 10 Hours of Dedicated Flight Instruction: Hone your skills in the right seat of our Cessna 172 fleet. Master essential maneuvers for both private and commercial instrument ratings, practice diverse IFR approaches and holds, and refine your teaching techniques under the guidance of our experienced instructors.

Why Choose ActivePILOT for Your CFII Training?

  • Streamlined Curriculum: Our CFII program is meticulously designed to cover all the knowledge and skills necessary to excel on your FAA exam and confidently embark on your instrument flight instructing career.
  • Seasoned Instructor Team: Learn from passionate aviation professionals with years of real-world experience in instrument flight and flight instruction. They are dedicated to your success and eager to share their expertise.
  • Supportive Learning Community: Our academy fosters a collaborative and encouraging environment. You’ll learn alongside a motivated cohort of fellow instructors, sharing knowledge, experiences, and support throughout the journey.


Becoming a CFII opens up a world of rewarding opportunities in the aviation industry. Here are some compelling reasons to consider this career path:

  • High Demand: The aviation industry faces a growing demand for qualified instrument flight instructors, making it a stable and sought-after profession.
  • Rewarding Experience: Share your passion for instrument flying and guide aspiring pilots through their training, fostering a new generation of skilled aviators.
  • Versatile Career Options: CFII certification opens doors to diverse roles, including flight instructing at flight schools, corporate flight departments, or even starting your own independent flight training operation.
  • Build Valuable Flight Hours: Gain valuable flight experience while instructing, which can be crucial for advancing your aviation career and pursuing opportunities with airlines or other commercial operations.

The duration varies depending on your chosen training program and individual learning pace. Traditional flight schools may take several weeks or months. However, ActivePILOT’s accelerated 14-day CFII Academy allows you to earn your certification in just two weeks, significantly reducing your time commitment.

The primary certification for teaching instrument flying is the Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFII). There are no specific sub-categories within CFII. However, you may choose to pursue additional certifications, such as a Certified Flight Instructor – Airplane (CFI) or Certified Flight Instructor – Multi-Engine (MEI) to broaden your teaching capabilities and job prospects.

Salaries for CFII’s can vary based on factors like location, experience level, type of employer, and number of hours flown. Entry-level instructors typically earn an average starting salary of $30,000 – $45,000 per year. With experience and additional certifications, CFII’s can earn upwards of $60,000 or more annually. Some experienced instructors also generate additional income through freelance flight instruction or operating their own independent flight schools.

Launch Your CFII Career: Choose the Path That Suits You Best

At ActivePILOT, we understand that aspiring flight instructors have diverse learning preferences and schedules. That’s why we offer two distinct training paths to help you earn your Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) certification and embark on a fulfilling career

Group Cohort Academy: Collaborative Learning & Shared Success

  • Build Camaraderie: Immerse yourself in a dynamic learning environment alongside fellow CFII candidates. Our Group Cohort Academy fosters a supportive community where you can connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and learn from each other’s unique perspectives on instrument flight instruction.
  • Cost-Effective Solution: Benefit from the advantages of shared resources and group pricing, making your CFII training more affordable without compromising on quality.
  • Engaging & Effective: Our cohort program thrives on interactive group discussions, peer learning, and a cohesive group dynamic. This collaborative approach enhances the learning experience and strengthens your understanding of instrument flight instruction.

One-on-One Individual Route: Personalized Attention & Accelerated Progress

  • Tailored to Your Needs: Experience the ultimate in personalized instruction with a dedicated CFII instructor. We tailor the curriculum and pace to match your individual learning style, ensuring you grasp the nuances of instrument flight instruction efficiently and effectively.
  • Flexibility & Convenience: Enjoy the freedom to schedule your training sessions around your existing commitments and personal schedule. Our one-on-one program offers maximum flexibility, making it easier to integrate CFII training into your busy life.
  • Fast Track to Your CFII: With focused, one-on-one instruction and a personalized learning plan, you can accelerate your progress and potentially achieve your CFII certification faster, allowing you to launch your instrument flight instructing career sooner.

At ActivePILOT, your success is our top priority. Whether you thrive in a collaborative group setting or prefer the personalized attention of individual instruction, we have the ideal CFII program to help you achieve your aviation goals. Contact us today to discuss your training preferences and embark on your journey to becoming a certified instrument flight instructor!


  • 30 Hours of Group Ground Lectures
    ($2,700 value of ground knowledge instruction)
  • 5 Hours One-on-One Briefing/Debriefing
  • 10 Hours Dual Aircraft Instruction
  • 10 Hours Aircraft Rental
  • 30 Hours of Individual Ground Instruction
  • 5 Hours One-on-One Briefing/Debriefing
  • 10 Hours Dual Aircraft Instruction
  • 10 Hours Aircraft Rental

Program Requirements

Flight Instructor Certificate Eligibility

Requirements for becoming a Certified Flight Instructor are:

  • Be 18 years of age.
  • Read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
  • Hold either a commercial pilot certificate or an airline transport pilot certificate and an instrument rating.
  • Have logged at least 250 hours of flight time.
  • Hold a valid FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate (or higher).
  • Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor on the fundamentals of instructing.
  • Pass a knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas appropriate to the flight instructor rating sought.

Reference 14 CFR §61.183 for the entire list of eligibility requirements.

FAA Medical

FAR 135.338(b)(5) states that flight instructors (aircraft) must hold at least a third-class medical certificate; however, FAR 135.338(e) states that an airman who does not hold a medical certificate may serve as a flight instructor in an aircraft if functioning as a non-required crew-member.

If you are under the age of 40, this is every 60 months. While if you are over the age of 40, you must renew your medical certificate every 24 months.

What Else To Know

To kickstart your journey, a strong educational foundation is crucial. Most airlines require a high school diploma or its equivalent. However, aiming higher with a bachelor’s degree in aviation or a related field enhances your prospects. Educational attainment sets the stage for advanced training and in-depth knowledge of aeronautics.

Acquiring a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) demands rigorous flight training. Enroll in a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved flight school (flight school Los Angeles and flight school California) to clock the required flight hours. These programs encompass hands-on flying experience, navigation training, and simulator sessions, molding you into a skilled aviator.

Building flight hours is a pivotal phase. The FAA mandates a minimum of 250 flight hours for CPL, but most airlines seek candidates with significantly more experience. Joining regional airlines or becoming a flight instructor are common paths to accumulate the necessary hours. The skies become your classroom as you clock hours towards your dream job.

Ensuring the safety of passengers and crew is paramount. Obtain a First-Class Medical Certificate from an FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner. This thorough examination assesses your physical and mental well-being, ensuring you are fit for the demanding responsibilities of a commercial pilot.

Before taking command of an aircraft, passing written and practical exams is imperative. The written exam evaluates your theoretical knowledge, covering topics like navigation, meteorology, and aviation regulations. Subsequently, the practical test assesses your flying skills, decision-making, and ability to handle diverse in-flight scenarios.

Distinguish yourself by obtaining specialized ratings, such as the Instrument Rating or Multi-Engine Rating. These additional qualifications enhance your capabilities, making you a more attractive candidate to airlines. A well-rounded skill set is key to standing out in the competitive aviation industry.

Aviation is dynamic, with regulations and technology evolving. Stay informed about industry changes by regularly checking FAA updates and participating in relevant seminars. Adapting to advancements ensures you remain a competent and knowledgeable pilot throughout your career.

Embarking on the journey to become a commercial pilot requirements is both challenging and rewarding. By understanding and fulfilling the outlined requirements, you pave the way to a fulfilling career above the clouds. Stay dedicated, keep reaching for the skies, and soon you could be piloting your way to new horizons.

For more insights into the aviation industry, check out reputable sources like the FAA’s official website and industry-leading publications. Stay informed to stay ahead in your aviation career.