As a Certified Flight Instructor, or CFI, you will be responsible for helping people to realize their dream of flight. This is one of the most rewarding forms of flying you will engage in, both for yourself and countless others. In the process you will acquire skills that will serve you well in your future aviation endeavors.

To learn what is required, how you can get started, and what Gleim products can help you achieve your goals, click on the tabs above.
Gleim Online Ground School - Flight/Ground Instructor
Gleim Online Ground School - Flight/Ground Instructor
Enhance your knowledge with the Gleim Online Ground School, a complete and thorough ground school designed to help you pass your FAA Knowledge test. We GUARANTEE you will pass!
Gleim Online Ground School - Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI)
Gleim Online Ground School - Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI)
Enhance your knowledge with the Gleim Online Ground School, a complete and thorough ground school designed to help you pass your FAA Knowledge test. We GUARANTEE you will pass!
Flight/Ground Instructor + FOI Kit
Flight/Ground Instructor + FOI Kit
  • Books
  • Flight Bag
  • Test Prep Online
  • Online Ground School
Price:
$174.95
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REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATE
  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.
  3. Hold a commercial or ATP certificate.
    1. Hold an instrument rating if applying to be a flight instructor in an airplane
  4. Hold at least a current third-class FAA medical certificate.
  5. Achieve a score of 70% or better on the FAA flight instructor knowledge test. The flight instructor test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions selected from the airplane-related questions in the FAA flight and ground instructor test bank. Each of the FAA's airplane questions is reproduced with complete explanations of each question in the Gleim Flight/Ground Instructor FAA Knowledge Test book, Gleim FAA Test Prep Online, and Gleim Online Ground School.
  6. Achieve a score of 70% or better on the FAA Fundamentals of Instructing knowledge test. It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions taken from approximately 200 questions. The Gleim Fundamentals of Instructing FAA Knowledge Test book, Gleim FAA Test Prep Online, and Gleim Online Ground School consist of a complete study program including all questions appearing on the FAA knowledge test.
  7. Required Flight Instruction
    1. You must receive and log flight and ground training and obtain a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor on the following areas of operations for an airplane category rating with a single-engine class rating.
      1. Fundamentals of instructing
      2. Technical support areas
      3. Preflight preparation
      4. Preflight lesson on a maneuver to be performed in flight
      5. Preflight procedures
      6. Airport and seaplane base operations
      7. Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
      8. Fundamentals of flight
      9. Performance maneuvers
      10. Ground reference maneuvers
      11. Slow flight, stalls, and spins
      12. Basic instrument maneuvers
      13. Emergency operations
      14. Postflight procedures
    2. The flight instruction must be given by a person who has held a flight instructor certificate during the 24 months immediately preceding the date the instruction is given and who has given at least 200 hours of flight instruction as a CFI.
    3. You must also obtain a logbook endorsement by an appropriately certificated and rated flight instructor who has provided you with spin entry, spin, and spin recovery training in an airplane that is certificated for spins and has found you competent and proficient in those training areas, i.e., so you can teach spins.
  8. Successful completion of a practical test that will be given as a final exam by an FAA inspector as specified in the FAA's Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards. All of the tasks for the CFI are thoroughly explained as well as reprinted in the Gleim Flight Instructor Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep, which will provide you with step-by-step instructions for each flight maneuver. The flight portion of the practical test consists largely of those maneuvers tested on the commercial practical test except you must explain each maneuver to the examiner as you are flying the airplane. During the practical test, you will fly the airplane from the right seat because this is where CFIs instruct (with the student in the left seat).
PRIVILEGES AND LIMITATIONS

A person who holds a flight instructor certificate is subject to the following limitations:
  1. Hours of training. In any 24-consecutive hour period, a flight instructor may not conduct more than 8 hours of flight instruction.
  2. Aircraft Ratings. A flight instructor may not conduct flight training in any aircraft for which the flight instructor does not hold a pilot and flight instructor certificate with the applicable category and class, and if appropriate, a type rating.
  3. A flight instructor who provides instrument training for the issuance of an instrument rating must hold an instrument rating on his flight instructor certificate appropriate to the category and class of aircraft used in training.
HOW TO BECOME A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
  1. Obtain the Gleim Flight/Ground Instructor Kit. Additionally, you will need VFR & IFR charts, an Airport/Facility Directory, and a copy of your airplane's Pilot Operating Handbook (POH).
  2. Take and pass your FAA pilot knowledge tests (both flight instructor and fundamentals of instructing) with a score of 70% or better. Use the Gleim Flight/Ground Instructor Knowledge Test book, Gleim FAA Test Prep Online, and Gleim Online Ground School.
  3. Take and pass your knowledge and practical tests!
HOW TO BECOME A SPORT PILOT FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
  1. Obtain the Gleim Sport Pilot Flight Instructor Kit. Additionally, you will need VFR & IFR charts, an Airport/Facility Directory, and a copy of your airplane's Pilot Operating Handbook (POH).
  2. Take and pass your FAA pilot knowledge tests (both Sport Instructor - Airplane and Fundamentals of Instructing) with a score of 70% or better. Use the Gleim Fundamentals of Instructing Knowledge Test book, Gleim Flight/Instructor Knowledge Test book, Gleim FAA Test Prep Online, Gleim Online Ground School.
  3. Take and pass your knowledge and practical tests!
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Flight/Ground Instructor FAA Knowledge Test book
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
Num. Pages: 408
ISBN:
978-1-58194-394-8

$19.95
Description:

The primary purpose of the Gleim Flight/Ground Instructor FAA Knowledge Test book is to provide you with the easiest, fastest, and least-expensive means of passing the FAA knowledge test. Gleim Knowledge Transfer Outlines at the beginning of each study unit concisely present the relevant material needed to answer questions selected from previously released FAA test banks as well as questions that have been developed from current FAA reference materials.

This book can be used in preparation for the following FAA airmen knowledge tests:

  • Flight Instructor – Airplane (FIA)
  • Basic and Advanced Ground Instructor (BGI & AGI)
  • Pilot Examiner – Airplane (PEA)
  • Sport Instructor – Airplane (SIA)
Benefits:
  • Learn and understand difficult concepts easily using the Knowledge Transfer Outlines
  • Learn principles instead of memorizing answers by reviewing answer explanations after answering questions under exam conditions
  • Includes reprints of all images in the FAA Testing Supplement for accurate test representation
  • Prepare for the exam by taking practice FAA knowledge tests
  • Ground Instructors and Sport Pilot Instructors will benefit from appendices specific to their knowledge tests
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Flight Instructor Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
Num. Pages: 752
ISBN:
978-1-58194-241-5

$30.95
Description:

The Gleim Flight Instructor Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep book is designed to simplify and facilitate your flight training. Through discussions and detailed illustrations, this book teaches you each flight maneuver or other subject area task (such as preflight preparation) prior to your flight lesson. Thus, you will be thoroughly prepared to spend more quality time in the airplane. This book will make your flight training easier to understand and is a must for study prior to your FAA practical test.

Benefits:
  • Prepare for your oral exam by using the Oral Exam Guide, included as an Appendix
  • Logbook entries, certificate endorsement section, and blank lesson plan form are provided for reference
  • Learn from others' mistakes by reviewing common errors and how to avoid them
  • Review completion requirements with an exact reprint of FAA Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards (PTS)
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Fundamentals of Instructing FAA Knowledge Test book
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
Num. Pages: 344
ISBN:
978-1-58194-393-1

$14.95
Description:

The primary purpose of the Gleim Fundamentals of Instructing FAA Knowledge Test book is to provide you with the easiest, fastest, and least-expensive means of passing the FAA knowledge test. This test, commonly referred to as the FOI, is required before you can obtain your flight and/or ground instructor certificate. Gleim Knowledge Transfer Outlines at the beginning of each study unit concisely present the relevant material needed to answer questions selected from previously released FAA test banks as well as questions that have been developed from current FAA reference materials.

Benefits:
  • Learn and understand difficult concepts easily using the Knowledge Transfer Outlines
  • Learn principles instead of memorizing answers by reviewing answer explanations after answering questions under exam conditions
  • Includes reprints of all images in the FAA Testing Supplement for accurate test representation
  • Prepare for the exam by taking practice FAA knowledge tests
  • All required and supplementary material provided – including a reprint of portions of the FAA's Aviation Instructor's Handbook
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FAA Test Prep Online-Flight/Ground Instructor
ISBN:
978-1-58194-234-7

$54.95
Description:

Gleim FAA Test Prep Online contains all the detailed study outlines, FAA questions, and on-screen charts and figures you need to study for and pass the Flight/Ground Instructor FAA Knowledge Test in one unique, easy-to-use program.

Gleim Test Prep Online is the industry leader in self-study for the FAA Knowledge Tests.

Benefits:

TESTING

  • Over 900 Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Unlimited Test Sessions that act like Practice Exams
  • Includes all previously released FAA questions
  • Thorough answer explanations for correct AND incorrect choices to cement understanding
  • Study Session option for immediate feedback
  • Formatting and functionality emulate the actual exam at the major testing vendors

SUPPORT

  • 12 months of unlimited access (use on as many computers/mobile devices as you want for your own personal use)
  • Accessible inquiry links for expert assistance
  • Performance Analysis tracks progress and maintains a performance history
  • Uses Cloud technology to sync performance data to any device
  • No installation! Available online 24/7
  • Free instant, automatic updates
  • Compatible on all operating systems and mobile devices or tablets with an Internet connection. View Minimum System Requirements here.

Use Gleim Test Prep Online to ensure that you are prepared to succeed on the FAA Knowledge Tests.

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FAR/AIM
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
Num. Pages: 832
ISBN:
978-1-58194-381-8

$15.95
Description:

The Gleim FAR/AIM simplifies and facilitates your understanding of the complex rules governing aviation. The bigger and darker font, well-placed indentations, two-column formatting, and careful spacing are designed to make it easier to read, learn, and understand. A comprehensive FAR index in front of the book and an AIM index at the back make it easier to find pertinent portions of the FARs and/or AIM than do government indexes.

Benefits:
  • Conveniently sized to fit in your flight bag--perfect for cross country flights
  • Reference tabs for both the FAR and the AIM make searching for topics easy
  • Sharp, full-color AIM images included

Click here to access a digital version of the Gleim FAR/AIM

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Gleim Online Ground School for Flight/Ground Instructor
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
ISBN:
978-1-58194-998-8

$99.95
Description:

The Gleim Online Ground School uses our sophisticated Knowledge Transfer Systems to ensure that you master all the information you need to be a competent, safe pilot and to pass your FAA knowledge test with confidence. This course meets and exceeds the eligibility requirements for required ground training. Once you complete all course requirements, you will be provided with an endorsement that will allow you to take the knowledge test at the testing center of your choice.

Available for the following ratings:

  • Flight Instructor – Airplane (FIA)
  • Basic and Advanced Ground Instructor (BGI & AGI)
  • Pilot Examiner Airplane (PEA)
  • Military Competency – Instructor (MCI)
  • Flight Instructor – Sport Airplane (SIA)
  • Flight Instructor Airplane – Added Rating (AFA)
Benefits:
  • Gleim Guarantee: You will pass your knowledge test or get your money back!
  • Prepare efficiently and effectively by studying on your own schedule
  • Gain confidence by emulating tests as presented by both national testing centers

Make sure that your computer meets our minimum system requirements.

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Gleim Online Ground School for Fundamentals of Instructing
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
ISBN:
978-1-58194-999-5

$49.95
Description:

The Gleim Online Ground School uses our sophisticated Knowledge Transfer Systems to ensure that you master all the information you need to be a competent, safe pilot and to pass your FAA knowledge test with confidence. This course meets and exceeds the eligibility requirements for required ground training. Once you complete all course requirements, you will be provided with an endorsement that will allow you to take the knowledge test at the testing center of your choice.

Benefits:
  • Gleim Guarantee: You will pass your knowledge test or get your money back!
  • Prepare efficiently and effectively by studying on your own schedule
  • Gain confidence by emulating tests as presented by both national testing centers

Make sure that your computer meets our minimum system requirements.

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Flight Bag

$44.95
Description:

Whether you are a student pilot or have been flying for years, you need a flight bag for carrying important documents and flight gear. Our flight bag is fully functional for in-flight organization and provides quick access to all necessary equipment.

Benefits:
  • Protects your headset with a padded exterior headset pocket
  • Has ample room for a variety of materials in the front, side, and rear pockets
  • Conveniently holds all charts, training materials, books, and approach plates
  • Organized sections for cell phone, pens, and view-limiting devices
  • Large inside dividers make organization easy
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Logbook
ISBN:
978-1-58194-574-4

$9.95
Description:

This full-featured logbook is great for every pilot certification and rating, student through ATP. Using the straightforward approach Gleim is known for, this logbook simplifies the record-keeping process. With added endorsement sections, the Gleim logbook will cover your training throughout years of flying.

Benefits:
  • Complete endorsement section covering all endorsements required for student through CFII
  • Separate table of contents with numbered pages for quick reference
  • High-quality paper and durable hard-cover binding
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Plotter
ISBN:
1-58194-267-2

$6.95
Description:

Use your plotter to determine the true course (TC), the total distance of your flight, and the distance between each checkpoint.

Benefits:
  • High quality, Lexan-type material ensures durability
  • Easy-to-use sectional, WAC, TAC scale with nautical and statute mile delineations

A step-by-step description of how to use the Gleim navigational plotter can be found at Navigational Plotter Instructions.

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Flight Computer
ISBN:
1-58194-268-0

$9.95
Description:

A standard E6B computer made of durable fiberboard. Includes speed, time, and distance computations, along with temperature and other conversions that all pilots need to know in cross-country flight planning. This computer also includes a crosswind component graph, a Flight Plan Sequence Checklist, and Special Equipment Suffixes for daily flying.

Benefits:
  • Standard E6B computer for easy usage
  • Made from popular, durable fiberboard for longevity

A step-by-step description of how to use the Gleim flight computer is found at Flight Computer Instructions.

Flight/Ground Instructor + FOI Kit Flight/Ground Instructor + FOI Kit
Includes:
  • Online Ground School
  • Test Prep Online
  • FAR/AIM and Pilot Handbook
  • Knowledge Test, Flight Maneuvers books
 
$174.95
Sport Pilot Flight Instructor Kit Sport Pilot Flight Instructor Kit
Includes:
  • Flight Bag
  • Sport and CFI Books
  • Online Ground School
  • Test Prep Online
 
$174.95
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