A flight instructor is a certified individual who specializes in teaching people to fly an aircraft. After completing commercial flight training, some pilots may choose this career for a variety of reasons; to build up hours in preparation for airlines, dream career in aviation or huge job demand.
The basic requirements for applying to become certified as an instructor by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are as follows:
- Must be a holder of a Commercial Pilot License
- Holder of Instrument Rating
- Must be a holder of a current medical certificate (Class 1)
- Must be 18 years and above
Composition of the Flight Instructor Course
- Ground school for Principles of Flight and Teaching
- Right Seat Transition
- Written Exam in Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)
- Skills Test (Checkride) with CAAP Inspector
Have you ever been curious about what skills are required to become a flight instructor? You might check the list below and might inspire you to learn more about this career:
Passion for Teaching – Some of the flight instructors are only teaching students just to build hours. Such trainers lack the much-needed passion required to teach flying effectively. On the other hand, many passionate instructors feel dedicated to teaching students. This passion gets translated into the mind-set of students, which brings great results.
Mentorship – Mentoring is a very important part of what we “engage” in as educators. During a flight instructor course, trainers teach based on one-on-one conversation. The abilities of a trainer hugely impact the capabilities and skills of a student. A flight instructor does more than just teaching sharing their knowledge.
Patience in Communication – Teaching the concepts of flying involves a lot of communication. Students feel the need to ask as many questions as possible to enhance their understanding. Hence, a trainer has to be patient throughout the conversation with each student. This defines the flying experience of a student.
Timekeeping – One of the most important things in aviation is punctuality. The instructor should be a good example to the student to show the way to be professionals. Flight training is not just to learn how to fly. It’s also to learn what it takes to be an airline pilot.
Record keeping – The Instructor should always know the lesson plan of the student and the progress of the student. Preparation is very important. This way the student will also appreciate that instructor took the time to make a plan for the flight.
Continues Learning – Instructors never should stop learning. After they get their instructor rating most of them relax and start to think that they can just teach people what they know and wait for the hours to pile up. It’s a wrong way to think. You have a power tool of creating more pilots. So, you should always improve your knowledge and share that with students to improve their knowledge too.