Prerequisites: Commercial Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating
There is an increasing need for missionary pilots who can instruct as well as fly, but the path isn’t easy.
The CFI-A checkride is probably the most intense checkride you will ever take. The oral normally lasts at least four hours with the flying to follow. The vast areas of knowledge required must be tested by the examiner, so it takes time.
Likewise, you need to be prepared for such a test. The CFI-A course is very intense. There may not be a lot of flying, but there are a large number of maneuver descriptions that you need to write, lesson plans to write, practice teaching opportunities with your CFI and other classmates. This is a very intense course. Don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a walk in the park. Seriously consider the commitment this course will require before you sign up.
Ground school will cover the Aviation Instructor’s Handbook to prepare the candidate to take the Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) knowledge test.
CFI-A ground school will start after Instrument ground school training is completed (around the last week of June each year). CFI ground school will consist of 2 hours of ground school each day for 20 days – running through the last week of July. You need to be committed to attending every class. If A&P students will be joining the class, ground school will start at 1530 to 1730 each day. If no A&P school students join us, class time can be more flexible.
Ground school will NOT cover aeronautical knowledge. That’s what you should have been learning and hopefully retaining from all the other ground school classes you’ve had here at SMAT. You would be very well served to do some review to prepare yourself for the oral and practical tests. Texts that may be helpful include, but are not limited to: Jeppesen texts, Airplane Flying Handbook, Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Instrument Flying Handbook, Instrument Procedures Handbook, Advanced Pilot’s Flight Manual, Aviation Weather, Aviation Weather Services, Aerodynamics For Naval Aviators, etc.
The flight portion of the training will start when the new school year starts in September. We will be sharing the aircraft with the students in the Private pilot course but we will work around their schedule to maximize the use of the aircraft. The course should take about 4-6 weeks to complete the flying portion of the training.
Equipment to be used
Cessna 172 and Cessna 172RG. The CFI-A checkride requires that a portion of the check be performed in a complex aircraft, so both the 172 and 172RG will be used in the training and on the checkride.
Ready to apply?
If you’re prepared to commit yourself to this program, contact our office in Ionia, Michigan.
Phone: (616) 527 4160
School of Missionary Aviation Technology
84 E. Sprague Rd
Ionia, MI 48846