Flight Instructor

Flight instructors thoroughly enjoy flying aircraft and find it fulfilling to teach others how to become pilots. Flights instructors must be experienced pilots because they have are required to teach students all the skills necessary to operate an aircraft. Some of the instruction involves on-ground classroom such as learning how to read airplane instrument panels and knowing what FAA regulations are as well as understanding the principles of aerodynamics. However flight instructors also supervise students’ actual flying often using planes equipped with dual controls. Flight instructors are employed by the U.S. government if they work for the military. They can also work for large flight schools that are approved by the FAA. However some work in smaller flight schools that may not have FAA approval but still provide excellent training. Yet others offer lessons independently or run their own school. Many flight instructors also work at other jobs such as piloting chartered flights. The website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com says that flight instructors must have at least a high school diploma although airlines require their instructors to have at least two years but preferably four years of college. Instructors must also have private pilot and commercial pilot licenses which are obtained by meeting specific age vision and skill requirements. In order to become licensed instructors must pass several FAA-administered exams. Some exams are written and some require operating an aircraft. The prospects for employment are good for flight instructors. Their earnings depend on type of employer type of aircraft and the experience. Overall flight instructors earn an annual median salary of approximately $31500.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $31500
High Salary: $41500
Low Salary: $21500
Tasks: Teaches students how to fly airplanes.
Takes students on training flights.
Gives classroom and in-flight instruction.
Supervises students while they are flying.
Also Called: Pilot
Flying Teacher
Pilot Instructor
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/819/Flight-Instructor.html