Pacific Skies Aviation offers initial Certified Flight Instructor Training to qualified candidates. Our program is taught by the Chief and Assistant Chief Instructor and includes Spin and High Performance endorsements. The program allows for group instruction, as well as giving opportunities for candidates to observe from the back seat during instructional flights. Flight Instructor candidates are also given the chance to practice their developing classroom teaching skills on students under instructor supervision. 


Ground Instruction

The majority of the training for the initial Airplane Single Engine Land (ASEL) Flight Instructor Certificate is comprised of ground instruction. This includes learning educational theory,  flight instructor responsibilities and the development of lesson plans. Instructor candidates will have the opportunity to practice delivering lessons both to their instructors, and to PSA students.


Flight Instruction

The flight portion, develops the ability to fly and teach all maneuvers up to the commercial level from the right hand seat. Candidates are offered the opportunity to fly back seat with other candidates in the program, as well as observing qualified instructions during their ground and flight lessons (dependent on student approval). Candidates also have the option of practicing their flight maneuver lessons in PSA's full motion flight simulator, either by themselves or with other candidates.


Knowledge Tests

Candidates are highly recommended to have completed the Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) and Flight Instructor Airplane (FIA) knowledge tests before beginning training.


What do I need to know before I start?

Flight Instructor candidates are expected to enter the program as Commercial Certificate holders, implying that their flying skills and ground knowledge is at a commercial level. Instructors are happy to help to get your skills and knowledge back up to this level, but remember it will require additional time and study.


Spin Endorsement

Flight Instructor Spin Endorsements are taught in both the Cessna 172 and the Super Decathlon with the Chief Instructor. We are of the firm belief candidates need to have a solid foundation in spin / stall recognition and recovery. It is our goal to make confident and safe instructors.


What is covered during the course?

  • Regulations
  • Fundamentals of Instruction
  • Flight Instructor Responsibilities
  • Other Certificate Requirements
  • Endorsements
  • Lesson plans
  • Flight Proficiency and Maneuvers
Flight Instructor Study Materials

Private Pilot Airman Certification Standards

Commercial Pilot Airman Certification Standards

Flight Instructor ASEL Practical Test Standards


Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

Aviation Instructor's Handbook

Airplane Flying Handbook

Advanced Pilot's Flight Manual - Kershner

Airplane Flight Manual - Cessna TR182 (D1178-13)

3" binder with dividers

Spiral notebook

Tabs and Highlighters


Other Resources

AC 61-65G - Endorsements

AC 61-98C - Flight Review

Conducting an Effective Flight Review

Course Costs

Instructor candidates are initially started off in the Cessna 172 to re-orientate their sight picture from the right hand seat. All maneuvers will be taught to proficiency before transferring to the Cessna TRG182. We find this method ultimately saves the student money and does not add additional time to training. 


Base rates for aircraft and instruction:

Cessna 172 $160/hr

Instructor $70 - 90/hr

Flight Simulator $80/hr

Super Decathlon $200/hr

Cessna 182 TRG $190/hr


10 CE 172 Dual  $2,200.00
10 CE 182 Dual  $2,600.00
50 Ground  $2,750.00
  Final Exam $1,000.00

The amount of time spent on ground and flight instruction varies depending on the proficiency of the student on entering the course. Candidates can save time and money by ensuring their knowledge and flying skills are at a commercial level before the course commences.