The Pilot’s Manual: Flight Instructor Instrument Syllabus (PDF)
The Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) certificate is made up of two requirements: aeronautical knowledge and flight training. This syllabus is written to satisfy the requirements of both 14 CFR Parts 141 and 61. The syllabus consists of three stages containing multiple modules; each stage is designed to meet a particular requirement of training as outlined in Parts 141 and 61. In Stages 1 and 2 the applicant is required to present ground training or preflight training lesson plans.
To assist in the development of these lesson plans references are given for each module that directly corresponds to that modules content. It is recommended that students use all available resources, including those above and beyond what is defined in the design of a lesson plan. Each module assignment should be completed prior to moving on to the next module.
Stage 1 consists of ground training on the aeronautical knowledge required for an added instrument rating to an existing flight instructor certificate. Stage 2 consists of both preflight and flight proficiency training required for the added instrument rating to an existing instructor certificate. Stage 3 serves as an end of course exam and is used to determine if the student has obtained the required training to meet the practical test standards required of an instrument flight instructor. This stage is divided into two modules and can be completed as one at the discretion of the instructor.
To use this syllabus for an initial flight instructor certificate it will be required that the applicant also completes Stage 1 in the ASA Flight Instructor Syllabus (ASA-PM-S-CFI-PD) to meet the ground training requirements on Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI). It is recommended that this training be completed prior to beginning Stage 1 of this syllabus.
The syllabus offers the most integrated, comprehensive, and simple flight and ground training program available along with many features:
- Based on The Pilot’s Manual series. Schools, instructors, or students can choose to supplement the program with other text, videos, etc. This allows freedom to teach or learn the material in the most effective way—on an individual basis.
- All Part 141 requirements have been met in a logical and user-friendly manner, yet the course is equally effective for Part 61 operations and freelance instructors.
- Flight lessons are presented side-by-side with their coordinating ground lessons. This integrated approach provides the most efficient path to completion, and is easier to follow than separate ground and flight training programs.
- Flexible enough to be effective for all programs. Includes Optional Reviews in each stage, allowing the student to review material when necessary, yet still follow the syllabus and maintain progress.
- Includes instructor endorsements, stage exams, airman certificate rating application, and checkride checklist.
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