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CFI - CFII - MEI Course

Becoming a flight instructor is the most challenging, yet most rewarding certificate. It allows you to teach people to fly and log hours, all while getting paid to have fun flying. Flight instructor courses require a lot of self-study and ground to learn the basics of teaching and learning theory. After gaining the knowledge from study, you will learn to fly the aircraft from the right seat while teaching at the same time.

A pilot truly doesn’t learn most aspects of flying until he/she becomes an instructor and has to teach someone else the same concepts. Certificated Flight Instructor candidates will start out in our Twin Engine Seminole to earn their MEI or Multi Engine Instructor Certificate.  Then they will do the CFI add-on and CFI-I add on if they desire.  Once a student gains their instructor certificate, depending on availability, Cardinal Wings will consider hiring the new instructor for our school. If we do not have availability, we will help them find work where we can.

CFI - Course Costs

These ratings are intended for those who would like to become a certificated flight instructor and teach others to learn to fly. This is a great way for pilots to learn, build hours, and make money at the same time. This estimation assumes the student holds a private pilot certificate, instrument rating and commercial certificate with 250 hours total time including 50 hours of PIC Cross Country.

Prerequisites:

  • Private Pilot’s License, Instrument Rating and Commercial Certificate

This estimation includes:

  • 10 Hours of Flight Time Including
    -Local Training
    -Simulated Emergencies
  • 10 Hours with a Flight Instructor
  • 10 Hours Ground Instruction

Cessna 172M – See chart below

ESTIMATED COST TO OBTAIN CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (CFI)

   
10 Flight Hours with an Authorized Instructor (Cessna 172M)$207.07/hour$2,070.07
Estimated Additional Expenses: 10 Hours Ground Instruction, Study Materials, Written Exams, Checkride Expenses$2,067.34

  
ESTIMATION is based on National Average. (Prices are informative estimations) $4,138.04

Note: All training costs may vary depending upon dedication and commitment of the student

For an advanced training experience, we offer aircraft with enhanced digital instrument panels. For more details, please contact us.

Estimated Cost in the Advanced Aircraft
Diamond DA-40: $4,792.04
Cirrus Aircraft: starting at $6552.92

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CFII and MEI - Course Costs

CFII COURSE

Adding an instrument rating to your Flight Instructor certificate will enable you to provide instruction for your students in preparation for their own instrument rating.

FAA Minimum Requirements:

  • There is no specified flight time required, but some flight training will be needed to become proficient.
  • Pass a computerized FAA test on instrument flying and receive a score of at least 70%.
  • Take a “check ride” with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. This includes both an oral exam and flight test where you demonstrate your proficiency and teaching ability in the airplane.

ESTIMATED COST TO OBTAIN CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR INSTRUMENT (CFII) ADDITIONAL RATING

   
10 Flight Hours with an Authorized Instructor (Cessna 172M)$207.07/hour$2,070.07
Estimated Additional Expenses: 5 Hours Ground Instruction, Study Materials, Ground School Course, Written Exams, Checkride Expenses$1,434.09

  
ESTIMATION is based on National Average. (Prices are informative estimations) $3,504.79

Note: All training costs may vary depending upon dedication and commitment of the student

Estimated Cost in the Advanced Aircraft
Diamond DA-40: $4,158.79
Cirrus Aircraft: starting at $5,842.42

MEI COURSE

Obtaining the multi-engine instructor rating will enable you to provide instruction in a multi-engine airplane.

FAA Minimum Requirements:

  • There is no specified flight time required, but some flight training will be required to become proficient.
  • Pass a computerized FAA test on instrument flying and receive a score of at least 70%.
  • Take a “check ride” with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. This includes both an oral exam and flight test where you demonstrate your proficiency and teaching ability in the airplane.

    ESTIMATED COST TO OBTAIN CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR MULTI-ENGINE ADDITIONAL RATING

       
    10 Flight Hours with an Authorized Instructor (BE76)$445.97/hour$3,567.76
    Estimated Additional Expenses: 5 Hours Ground Instruction, Checkride Expenses$1,708.24

      
    ESTIMATION is based on National Average. (Prices are informative estimations)$5,276.00

    Note: All training costs may vary depending upon dedication and commitment of the student.