Certified Flight Instructor

Build Flight Hours, While Teaching Others

After earning a Commercial license, the next recommended step in your aviation journey is becoming a Certified Flight Instructor. As an instructor you can accumulate the required 1,500 flight hours* to become an airline pilot – all while getting paid to teach others how to fly.

At Sterling, we also offer Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) ratings. All CFI graduates are **guaranteed an interview upon successful completion of the program.

Training Requirements:

  • Hold a valid Commercial Pilot License
  • Hold at least a 3rd Class Medical
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Read, write, speak, and understand the English Language.

*If you hold an associate degree or bachelor degree, this hours requirement can be reduced to 1250 or 1000 hours respectively. **Minimum graduation standards must be met.

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

Minimum Training Package | Prerequisites: CPL
  • 20 Hours in a Cessna 172
  • 10 Hours in a Piper Arrow
  • 47.5 Hours Ground School
  • 30 Hours with an Instructor
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Instrument Instructor (CFII)

Minimum Training Package | Prerequisites: CFI
  • 18 Hours in a Cessna 172
  • 4.5 Hours Ground School
  • 18 Hours with an Instructor
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Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)

Minimum Training Package | Prerequisites: CFI
  • 25 Hours in a Piper Seminole
  • 20 Hours Ground School
  • 25 Hours with an Instructor
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Please note these rates do not include the cost of housing, exams or check rides, and are an estimate based on minimum training requirements. Costs could be more depending on how often you fly and how quickly you absorb and retain the course curriculum.

Based on training packages in the listed equipment. The student may request an alternate airplane model, at an additional expense.

Sterling has access to affordable housing solutions. Please contact us for more information.

Finance Your Training

If you need financial assistance for all or some of your training, Sterling Flight recommends utilizing one of our financing partners. If you are a veteran, there are options available to utilize 

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Ready to Soar?

Ready to be a Professional Pilot? Want to experience our Redbird FMX Simulator, or join our ranks via your university’s aviation program? Let’s get you in the air.

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