Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) Certificate

Educational Objective:

This program is designed to prepare students to provide instrument instruction. The student will expand their situational awareness and ability to compensate for lack of ideal meteorological conditions. It is a very lucrative program to pursue as many employers require this rating.

Admission Requirements:

A student must hold a third class FAA Medical Certificate and hold a FAA Helicopter Commercial Certificate with Instrument Rating.

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:

  • 15 hours of Dual Flight Instruction (R-44)
  • 15 hours of Ground Instruction

Stage I: There will be a fair bit of experience under your belt at this point, and you will be given a more in depth instruction of the instrument panel and flying with the various other navigation techniques and maneuvers. You will need to demonstrate a substantial understanding of the airport environment and situational awareness.

Stage II: While maintaining said situational awareness, you must perform various approaches and orientation exercises. GPS approaches and departures, various charts and procedures are just some of the items that you will need to learn how to teach other students.

Stage III: Every pilot’s favorite, weather, will be expanded upon. You will need to indicate that you are capable of instructing how to interpret the numerous reports and forecasts as well as any weather publications necessary when IFR is involved. You will review instrument maneuvers and planning cross-country IFR flights with students. You will then take the stage three check and practical exam in order to receive your CFII certificate.

Program Cost* FAA Minimum Average
Dual Instruction 15h $ 8,175.00 20h $ 10,900.00
Ground Instruction 15h $ 750.00 30h $ 1,500.00
FAA Written Exam 1 $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Flight & SFAR Test 2 $ 1,000.00 2 $ 1,000.00
Books & Supplies   $ 60.00   $ 60.00
PROGRAM TOTAL   $ 10,135.00   $ 13,610.00

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

*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.