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Certified Flight Instructor

Our community of Aviators grows and thrives by seeking and empowering future Aviators. Flight instructors are the leaders in guiding and creating new Aviators. A Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) is a mentor, an educator, and an aviation counselor. A CFI is a resource of aviation knowledge and experiences. To be able to educate new aviators is a way for you to share your passion and journey to next generations of aviators.


By choosing NextGen’s Part 141 or Part 61 program, you obtain that ability to teach and mentor future aviators. The CFI requirements are:

  • Valid commercial pilot w/ instrument rating

    • Or ATP certificate

  • 3rd class or higher medical

  • At least 18 years old 

  • Read, speak, write, and understand English 

  • 70% or better score on Flight Instructor Airplane (FIA) knowledge test 

  • 70% or better score on Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI) knowledge test or already possess a ground instructor or flight instructor certificate or hold a teaching certificate for 7th grade or above

  • There is no flight time requirement for the CFI

  • At least 15 hours PIC in the category and class of aircraft appropriate to the flight instructor rating sought. 

  • Practical test prep flights within the preceding 2 calendar months with an authorized CFI (per §61.39(a)6) 

  • Spin Training (required for endorsement below)

  • Checkride