Instructor Pilot Program

Program Overview

In the Commercial Pilot Program the student will receive training in the maneuvers and procedures necessary for him or her to meet the standards contained in the FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards. Additionally, the student will receive training in safety awareness, single-pilot resource management and aeronautical decision-making. Upon graduation from this program, the student will have gained the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.

Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Fly single engine aircraft.
  • Conduct flights with passengers.
  • Understand aviation meteorological charts and interpret weather data associated with safe flight.
  • Work as a commercial pilot for compensation or hire.
  • Apply principles of aviation crew resource management.
  • Understand aircraft computer systems.
  • Think critically, both conceptually and by using mathematical analysis.




All courses, 690 clock hours, are required.


  • Diploma
  • Commercial & Certified Flight Instructor Certificates


Potential entry-level job titles include, but are not limited to: flying corporate passengers, piloting tourist flights, skywriting and flying banners, ferrying aircraft, aerial photography and becoming a flight instructor.

Program Courses for the Instructor Pilot Program

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Provides the student with an understanding of the fundamentals of atmospheric and airspeed measurement in relationship to aircraft performance, design characteristics of airfoils and aerodynamic forces, the production and measurement of lift and drag forces and how they affect performance, jet aircraft basic and applied performance in addition to propeller driven aircraft performance. The course also examines the differences between slow and high speed flight aerodynamics and takes an in-depth look at takeoff, landing, and maneuvering aircraft performance. At the conclusion students will take the knowledge gained in the course and apply it to a small aircraft design project, which will require an understanding of all the course's subject material.
Prerequisites: None

Provides the student with an understanding of the basic theory and principles of electricity and to apply that understanding to aircraft electrical systems from a pilot’s perspective. The course examines aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems related to various sizes of light aircraft, aircraft fuel and propeller systems used on aircraft varying in size up to light turboprop twins, and numerous aircraft auxiliary systems and their application and use.

Prerequisites: None

Provides the student with a comprehensive overview of aircraft recognition and generally depends on learn- ing the external appearance of the aircraft, both friendly and hostile, that are most likely to be encountered. The student will be able to identify the different components of an aircraft and helicopters. Distinguish amongst the different types of aircraft. Identify single engine, multi engine, business jets, and commercial proper aircraft. Learn about the various types of military, historical, and helicopter aircraft. Identify the special performance aircraft in the aerobatic industry.

Prerequisites: None

Provides the student with the fundamentals of thermodynamic, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanic and molecular interaction laws of the air mixture and how they affect pressure, temperature, density and other physical parameters of the atmosphere. This course provides an understanding the fundamental processes in earth's atmosphere, heat transport by radiation and convection, and associated global and local weather phenomena. It also provides the students with an understanding of the technical details and the components of effective national weather prediction, the means by which the current and forecast weather information is disseminated to the flying community and how to use the above information and understand its impact on flight operations and in particular to recognize and make sound judgment and decisions regarding the weather hazards.

Prerequisites: None

Provides the student with an in-depth study of the common principles of aviation crew resource management (CRM) and human factors as utilized by air transport flight crews. This course also will investigate and simulate numerous real world scenarios dealt with by aircrews.

Prerequisites: None

Provides the student with the understanding of the rules designed to promote safe aviation and protect pilots, passengers, and the general public from unnecessary risk with the intention of protecting the national security of the United States. Students will examine basic flight information and air traffic control (ATC) procedures.

Prerequisites: None

To gain an understanding of the individual’s learning process, identify the barriers of learning; understand human behavior and methods of effective communication, learn teaching methods, and gain the ability to effectively critique and evaluate.

Prerequisites: None

Provides the student the opportunity to observe flight instructors and other commercial pilots to learn what is required of a professional pilot. The student will observe the demeanor, crew management, flight deck procedures, decision-making, and piloting skills of the professional pilot.
Prerequisites: None

This flight observation program adds another dimension to your flight instructor training. The CFI candidate will observe actual in-air flight instructing techniques currently utilized by other CFI’s. This training allows the CFI candidate the ability to develop an effective style of instruction that works for both the CFI and their students.
Prerequisites: PA180, 220, 220L

Students will work both side-by-side with a flight instructor, and independently, to teach newer students in the program about aviation. This is a great opportunity to use the valuable knowledge gained and to develop the teaching skills required to instruct future students.
Prerequisites: None

Provides the student with the knowledge necessary to meet the requirements of the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with an airplane category rating and a single-engine land rating. Topics covered include preflight preparation and procedures, complex aircraft procedures, complex aircraft systems, advanced aerodynamics principles, airplane performance limitations, federal aviation regulations, stall/spin awareness, aeronautical charts and publications, radio aids to VFR navigation, meteorology and weather data services, national air- space systems, radio communications, air traffic control, aeromedical factors, commercial operations, passenger and freight loading, night maneuvers, and ground operations.
Prerequisites: PA220, 200L, 210, 210L
Co-Requisite: PA220L

Provides the student with the skill and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. Students will demonstrate complex airplane skills and proficiency including maneuvers such as steep power turns, steep spirals, slow flight, lazy eights, pylon eights, and chandelles. Also includes commercial cross-country, instrument flying skills, and emergency procedures prepares students for the required FAA Commercial Pilot Airplane Practical Test.

Prerequisites: PA220, 200L, 210, 210L
Co-Requisite: PA220

Provides the student with the knowledge necessary to meet the requirements of the FAA Certified Flight Instructor Certificate with an airplane category rating. This certification allows you to give instruction to private and commercial student pilots as well as the ability to perform biannual flight reviews.
Prerequisites: PA220, 220L
Co-Requisite: PA240L

Provides the student with the skill and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for the FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate.
Prerequisites: PA220, 220L
Co-Requisite: PA240