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Flight Instructor Training


Flight instructor training programs prepare pilots and navigators to teach others.

Flight instructor training prepares pilots and navigators to train others in flight operations, rules, and safety. Some prepare to work as license examiners.

Flight instructor training programs include topics such as:


Only a few community colleges offer associate degree programs in flight instructor training. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

A few colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in flight instructor training. A bachelor’s degree usually takes four years of full-time study to complete.

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Program Admission

In order to become a flight instructor, you must first:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes ground courses in the following subjects:

In addition, your courses will also cover the basics of teaching, including the following topics:

In-flight training consists of practical training in an airplane, both in flight and on the ground. Your instructor will show you teaching techniques while in the plane. Your instructor will also teach you how to fly a plane from the right side.

Things to Know

Many pilots become flight instructors. This allows them to gain the necessary experience to become a pilot for a commercial airline.

Many people who train to become flight instructors take the Advanced Ground Instructor test (AGI). This allows you to teach ground courses.

As a certified flight instructor, you can work for flight training schools or become self-employed. Typically, you can begin training others to become flight instructors after you have been certified for 24 months.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

King-Snohomish Area

Classic Helicopter Corporation

Galvin Flying Service, Inc.

Regal Air

Snohomish Flying Service, Inc.

Tacoma Area

Clover Park Technical College (South Hill Campus)

Pavco Flight Center

West Side Area

Glacier Aviation, Inc.