Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate

Educational Objective:

This program is designed for the student who has a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Rotorcraft Rating and wishes to obtain a Flight Instructor Certificate. A Flight Instructor Certificate allows a pilot to give flight instruction and endorse the logbook of others. This program is highly recommended to maximize employment opportunities; it's the main stepping stone into many aviation positions. 

Admission Requirements:

A student must be 17 years of age and be able to read, speak, write and understand English. Before solo flight, the student must hold a valid third-class medical certificate from a Federal Aviation Administration approved physician, as well as a FAA Helicopter Commercial Pilot Certificate. The student must be at least 18 years of age prior to the practical test.

Length of Program:

This program runs approximately two months for full time students. Lengths of programs are based on a four day a week schedule.

Program Content:

  • 25 hours of Dual Flight Instruction (R-22)
  • 40 hours of Ground Instruction

Stage I: Now that you have accumulated the necessary flight knowledge, you will switch seats and fly from the instructor’s position. You will demonstrate the capabilities of instructional flight for all maneuvers and the ability to evaluate a student’s flight skills. At this point, you will begin to learn the ins and outs of an instructor’s responsibility and conduct as well as various styles of teaching methods.

Stage II: Any time that is spent in the helicopter at this point, you will be giving mock lessons to your instructor. Basic and advanced flight maneuvers, autorotations and touch-downs are just some of the things that you will need to be able to demonstrate that you can instruct to another. There is a heavy emphasis on groundwork at this stage. You will need to create cohesive lesson plans and present them to the instructor. You will then take the final stage check and practical exam in order to receive your CFI certificate.

Program Cost* FAA Minimum Average
Dual Instruction 25h $ 7,250.00 35h $ 10,150.00
Ground Instruction 40h $ 2,000.00 78h $ 3,900.00
FAA Written Exam 2 $ 300.00 2 $ 300.00
Flight & SFAR Test 2 $ 1,000.00 2 $ 1,000.00
Books & Supplies   $ 60.00   $ 60.00
PROGRAM TOTAL   $ 10,610.00   $ 15,410.00

To teach in the Robinson R-22/44, applicant must have at least 50 hours in the R-22/44 helicopter (in the R-44, 1/2 could come from the R-22) with a total of 200 total hours in helicopters.

*Please see Rates and Financing for our hourly price breakdown.

Additional Notes:

  • Program cost estimated, based on a minimum amount of hours required for this rating by the FAA. 
  • The $1,000.00 flight test fee is not paid from funds on account with Alyeska Helicopters.