Pilot instructors are responsible for instructing students how to fly aircraft. This includes instruction typically both on the ground and in the sky and may consist of instruction in cockpit instruments, aerodynamics, and similar subjects. After students complete textbook education, pilot instructors often use simulators or dual-controlled aircraft to acquaint them with the experience of flying an airplane. Finally, pilot instructors accompany their students on live flights to complete their training. Some instructors specialize as examiners or check pilots and fly with applicants or pilots to ensure proficiency.
Pilot instructors must have a pilot's license and be certified by the FAA as flight instructors. Besides, pilot instructors should also have either Commercial Pilot Certification, which requires 250 flight hours, or Airline Transport Pilot Certification, which requires 1,500 hours, before applying to become Certified Flight Instructors.
To gain certification as a pilot instructor, you must be at least 18 years old, communicate fluently in English, and hold a pilot's license for the type of aircraft appropriate to the flight instructor rating you seek. After you fulfill all these criteria, you can eventually become a pilot instructor and subsequently earn about $140,340.