Flying Instructor

Aeroplane Flying Instructors tutor, teach, instruct, and lecture how to fly different types of crafts. They use flight simulators as well as dual-controlled crafts for teaching methods. Instructors must have a strong knowledge of maintenance procedures and craft components, as well as hold a Commercial Pilot License, and an Instructor Rating; they may also be required to hold a Night Visual Flight Rules Rating, and/or a Command Instrument Rating.

Duties and tasks

  • Evaluate student progress through tests and exams and address areas of concern; prepare students for license exams
  • Teach communications, instrument reading, principles of aerodynamics, airport operations, and equipment malfunctions
  • Teach emergency procedures for both air and ground
  • Teach flight manoeuvres such as taxiing, take-offs and landings, straight and level flight, turns, climbs and descents, and post-flight procedures
  • Teach how to inspect aeroplanes before each flight
  • Teach night flying techniques
  • Teach students current laws, regulations, and safety standards

Skills required

  • Ability to follow Safety Standards
  • Controlling and operating equipment
  • Public speaking
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong hand-eye coordination and manual agility
  • Time management

Working conditions

Flight Instructors work both indoors in a classroom setting as well as outside at airports; they also spend time teaching in the air. Instructors must be experts in the field of aviation and hold the required license and ratings to demonstrate their knowledge and experience. They may work full time or part time in a general Monday through Friday work week; they may also work weekends.

Professional associations / Industry information

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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