Flight Instructor Certificate Course — Additional Rating

45 clock hours (25 flight, 20 ground)
Completion Time: 4 weeks

Course Objectives

This course is designed for a student who holds a Flight Instructor Certificate but does not have a Flight Instructor rating in helicopters. During this course, he or she will acquire the skills and knowledge required to successfully complete the Flight Instructor helicopter practical test administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The student will be prepared for employment as a helicopter flight instructor, the most common entry-level position in the helicopter industry.

Course Description

During the flight component of this course, the student will learn how to fly from the instructor’s seat with a high degree of skill. He or she will learn how to simultaneously explain and demonstrate procedures as well as analyze, critique and correct “student” performance. He or she will learn how to perform and teach touchdown autorotations.

During the ground component of this course, the student will review fundamentals of instruction including teaching methods, the principles of effective communication, methods of critique and evaluation, and how to plan instructional activity. He or she will develop helicopter lesson plans to add to his or her instructor’s notebook.

This course includes two stages as outlined in Quantum Helicopters’ Certified Flight Instructor Course Syllabus. The first stage must be completed successfully before the student may proceed to the next stage. Successful completion is determined by oral evaluation, written testing and a flight skills evaluation, administered by the Chief Flight Instructor, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor or a check pilot. Upon successful completion of the second stage, the student will be considered eligible for the Flight Instructor helicopter FAA practical test.

Course Outline and Hours

  • Dual CFI Flight Instruction 25
  • Ground CFI Instruction 20


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