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Become A Flight Instructor

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Working As A Flight Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $46,676

    Average Salary

What Does A Flight Instructor Do

A Flight Instructor is responsible for teaching students how to fly aircrafts. They prepare lesson plans and evaluate and monitor students’ performance.

How To Become A Flight Instructor

Career and technical education teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. They also need work experience in the subject they teach. Some teachers, particularly those in public schools, also may be required to have a state-issued certification or license. Requirements for certification vary by state.

Education

Career and technical education teachers in public schools generally need a bachelor’s degree in the field they teach, such as agriculture, engineering, or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many career and technical education teachers need work experience in the field they teach. For example, automotive mechanics, chefs, and nurses typically spend years in their career before moving into teaching.

Training

Some states require prospective career and technical education teachers to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, prospective teachers gain experience in preparing lessons and teaching students under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

States may require career and technical education teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Requirements for certification vary by state. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Certification typically requires completing a student teaching program and a bachelor’s degree. States usually require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test.

Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development courses to maintain their license. For certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states offer an alternative route to certification for prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree or work experience in their field, but lack the education courses required for certification. Alternative programs typically cover teaching methods, development of lesson plans, and classroom management.

In addition to teaching certification, career and technical education teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license or certification may need to have and maintain the same credential. For example, career and technical education teachers who instruct welding may need to have certification in welding.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to become mentors and lead teachers, helping less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Career and technical education teachers must be able to explain technical concepts in terms that students can understand.

Organizational skills. Career and technical education teachers have many students in different classes throughout the day. They must be able to organize their time and teaching materials.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teachers must be patient with each student in their classroom and develop a positive learning environment.

Resourcefulness. Teachers need to be able to develop different ways of presenting information and demonstrating tasks so that students can learn.

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Flight Instructor Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    89.9%
  • Female

    8.6%
  • Unknown

    1.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    82.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.1%
  • Asian

    5.9%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    28.3%
  • French

    13.3%
  • Italian

    8.3%
  • German

    6.7%
  • Japanese

    6.7%
  • Russian

    6.7%
  • Chinese

    5.0%
  • Portuguese

    3.3%
  • Mandarin

    3.3%
  • Carrier

    3.3%
  • Korean

    3.3%
  • Swedish

    1.7%
  • Vietnamese

    1.7%
  • Cherokee

    1.7%
  • Romanian

    1.7%
  • Ukrainian

    1.7%
  • Cheyenne

    1.7%
  • Arabic

    1.7%
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Real Flight Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Flight Instructor Aviasco Inc. Redding, CA Jun 24, 2016 $137,400
Flight Test Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Nov 01, 2015 $130,000
Fixed Wing Flight Test Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Jan 01, 2014 $120,000
Commercial Pilot-Flight Instructor Island Air Express, LLC Panama City, FL Apr 22, 2010 $77,150
Flight Instructor Jc Air Academy Inc. Stockton, CA Dec 15, 2014 $74,922
Flight Instructor Blue Sky Flight, LLC Stratford, CT Nov 27, 2013 $73,045 -
$83,480
Flight Instructor Flightline Air Service LLC Pineville, LA Mar 01, 2015 $73,045
Flight Instructor Blue Sky Flight, LLC Stratford, CT Sep 20, 2013 $73,045
Flight Instructor Flightline Air Service LLC Pineville, LA Jun 01, 2015 $73,045
JAA Chief Flight Instructor Bristow Group Inc. Titusville, FL Oct 02, 2012 $72,450
Flight Instructor Flight Training Express Edgewater, FL Apr 15, 2011 $70,248
Deputy Chief Flight Instructor & Aviation Safety O Pilot Training College Florida LLC Melbourne, FL Sep 15, 2012 $70,000 -
$80,000
Chief Flight Instructor Jc Air Academy Inc. Stockton, CA Aug 18, 2015 $61,256
Senior Flight Instructor Helicopterr Adventures, Inc. Titusville, FL Dec 31, 2007 $58,344
Senior Flight Instructor F.I.T. Aviation LLC Melbourne, FL May 11, 2011 $58,186
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA Sep 23, 2012 $58,029
Senior Flight Instructor F.I.T. Aviation, LLC Melbourne, FL Sep 22, 2016 $56,349
Instructor/Chief Flight Instructor Letourneau University Longview, TX Jul 26, 2011 $55,890
Flight Instructor Helistream, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Feb 14, 2008 $55,702
Senior Flight Instructor Aviation Academy of America Inc. Hondo, TX Oct 01, 2014 $48,000
Senior Flight Instructor Aviation Academy of America Inc. Hondo, TX Oct 10, 2014 $48,000
Flight Instructor F.I.T. Aviation, LLC Melbourne, FL Sep 23, 2013 $47,840
Flight Instructor F.I.T. Aviation, LLC Melbourne, FL Apr 16, 2016 $46,519
Flight Instructor Airplane The University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND Dec 15, 2012 $43,827
Flight Instructor Dean International Inc. Miami, FL Oct 22, 2010 $43,014

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Top Skills for A Flight Instructor

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Top Flight Instructor Skills

  1. Flight Training
  2. Emergency Procedures
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed flight training packages for prospective clients, generating additional revenue for school.
  • Conducted the initial flight instruction for over 130 new pilots in aviation tactics, including combat lift and emergency procedures.
  • Promoted and continuously reinforced safety procedures.
  • Managed and assisted other flight instructors in providing the highest quality of flight instruction.
  • Demonstrated competency in various Cessna and Piper fixed wing single and multi-engine aircraft.

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