Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

Emerge from the program with an advanced understanding of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

Course Description

The Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating allows you to instruct the Private, Commercial, and Instructor programs both on the ground and in the air.  You will emerge from the program with an advanced understanding of the Federal Aviation Regulations, aerodynamics and systems, and the fundamentals of instruction.

Pacific North Helicopter Academy produces an elite lineage of certified flight instructors who can teach to a level of “correlation” of new knowledge and skill. You will be capable of making sound decisions in the cockpit as you begin your career as a high-altitude proficient pilot.

Estimated Tuition to Meet FAA Minimums – $16,000

  • 40 Ground Hours
  • 35 Flight Hours

Program Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand English
  • Hold at least a Commercial Pilot certificate
  • Hold a 3rd Class Medical
  • Pass a written knowledge test
  • Pass a final checkride with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, consisting of an oral exam and flight check.

Most helicopter pilots start their careers as a flight instructor. This is usually the best and sometimes the only way to build flight hours required by other commercial operators.

Training Materials

  • FAA Helicopter Flying Handbook
  • FAA Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
  • Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual
  • Principles of Helicopter Flight (W.J. Wagtendonk)
  • ASA Private Pilot Test Prep
  • ASA Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide
  • ASA Practical Test Standards
  • San Francisco Sectional Chart
  • Chart Supplement – Southwest
  • E6B Flight Planning Computer & Plotter
  • FAA Instrument Flying Handbook
  • Instrument Pilot’s Handbook (R. Machado)
  • ASA Instrument Rating Test Prep
  • ASA Instrument Rating Oral Exam Guide
  • ASA Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards
  • Enroute Low Altitude Charts, L3&4, L9&10
  • ASA Commercial Pilot Test Prep
  • ASA Commercial Pilot Oral Exam Guide
  • ASA Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards
  • FAA Aviation Instructor’s Handbook
  • FAA Helicopter Instructor’s Handbook
  • ASA Flight Instructor Test Prep
  • ASA Flight Instructor Oral Exam Guide
  • ASA Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards