Vista Air Certified Flight Instrutor

In order to obtain a Flight Instructor Certificate, you must hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate, must successfully pass the Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI), Flight Instructor FAA Knowledge and a Practical Test. The Practical Test consists of an oral examination and a flight test.


Usually, to be able to obtain a job with an airline, corporate, or charter company, requires a lot more flight time and experience than the 200-300 hours of flight time gained while earning your ratings. One way to increase your flight time and experience is to become a Flight Instructor.


Flight Instructors teach at various levels. They offer primary instruction for the Private Pilot Certificate as well as more advanced instruction for a Commercial Certificate, Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Rating, and Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. When you are teaching your students, you can log those hours as your flight time, and get paid for those hours while you work as a Flight Instructor.


The job of Flight Instructor is considered a steppingstone to more lucrative positions. But some remain in the teaching field. If certain high standards are attained, they can qualify for the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) “Gold Seal,” which identifies them as a superior teacher.


FAA requirements for a Flight Instructor Certificate:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate or ATP Certificate
  • Must hold a valid FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Pass the FAA Knowledge Test
  • Pass the FAA Practical Flight Test and Oral Examination