Accelerated Instrument Instructor

Get Your Instrument Instructor Rating in 5 Days! – Accelerated Instrument Instructor Training from Alpine Flight Training

CFII or Certified Flight Instructor Instrument allows you to teach instrument rating applicants; both on ground (aeronautical knowledge) and flight training. If your career goals are to be an airline or corporate aviation pilot.  Getting your CFII add-on rating to your existing CFI certificate is another way to renew or reinstate your CFI certificate for another 24 months.

Course Structure:
The course is completed in a 5 day period. If you already have your CFII knowledge exam pass, you will have a much more relaxed training schedule. Otherwise be prepared to put in about 10 hours a day for your training. The ground training portion includes teaching a good instrument scan, instrument navigation, traditional and modern GPS based equipment and various instrument approaches like ILS, VOR, NDB etc, instrument emergency procedures and unusual attitude entry and recovery procedures.

The Flight portion of this course will allow you to learn how to teach instrument students in an airplane. You will need to complete at least one instrument approach while under the hood yourself, so you will be getting a lot of instrument time during your training as well. Course completion also results in an instrument proficiency sign-off.  A typical training day for a CFII applicant includes about 4 hours of ground school and 2 hours of flight time, plus another 4 hours of self study. You will be spending time watching some training videos as well.

The checkride for the CFII rating is scheduled with a local examiner. Typically, during the oral portion of the checkride you will “teach” the examiner some instrument procedures, approaches and emergencies (with one lesson plan), and then for the flight portion you will “teach” the examiner the instrument procedures in an airplane. You will have to “teach” at least one instrument approach while being under the hood yourself.

Our program is Structured, Efficient, & Cost Effective, you may fly your own aircraft or we have a well equipped Cessna 182.

Also, as part of the training, you’ll have the benefit of getting mountain flying experience, and learn real-world instrument flying while flying cross country in the western US. You’ll get 7 days of individualized experience for your training investment while you gain real confidence working the IFR system with typical GA routes. Our instructors include extremely knowledgeable Gold Seal and Master CFI’s as well as former airline captains.

Scheduling & Availability:

Contact our office to schedule your training. We will secure a check ride date at the time of scheduling and can also secure lodging on your behalf.

Terms & Conditions:

Any required endorsements are included (high performance or complex) at no additional charge.

Deposit Required: 50% to secure the date, with the balance paid at the beginning of training. Payment via bank check/money order.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel at any time prior to your scheduled date, we will apply your deposit to a future date only if we are able to fill your reserved spot with another student.

The following are requirements for your training appointment:

  • Pilot Certificate, CFI Certificate, Medical (at least 3rd class), Logbook
  • Evidence of citizenship: US passport or birth certificate with government issued picture id. or TSA Training Authorization.

To take the FAA Instrument Airplane rating (Part 61) practical test, you must:

  • Be able to read, write and speak the English language.
  • Complete the Computer-Based Instruction course.
  • Pass the FAA knowledge test before taking the practical test.
  • Hold at least a Private Pilot certificate with Airplane rating.
  • Have at least 50 hours of pilot in command cross-country flight time.
  • Training Time Required

To add the Instrument Airplane rating to your pilot certificate, the FAA requires:

  • At least 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument flight time, and
  • At least 15 hours of dual instrument flight instruction (although 30-40 hours are typically needed for safety and competency), including:
  • one dual IFR cross-country of at least 250 nm with different instrument approaches at each of three airports, and
  • 3 hours of instrument flight in preparation for the FAA practical test.
  • Note that any actual or simulated instrument flight time that you have logged before beginning your Instrument rating training (such as the three hours of instrument flight time required for the Private Pilot certificate) will count toward these requirements.

Using your own aircraft:

Must provide logbooks to prove:

  • Current annual & IFR status,
  • All ADs have been complied with,
  • Pitot static & transponder certification within preceding 24 calendar months

Certain aircraft, because of their complexity, require additional time to become confident in real world IFR conditions.