The CFI Interview

Finding the right flight instructor for your needs will set the tone for your attitude, decision-making ability and safety over your entire life as a pilot.  More so, finding the right CFI (or flying with the wrong one) will determine whether you ever meet your piloting goals at all.  Evaluate the answers to these questions as a first step toward selecting a flight instructor for your short- and long-term flying goals:



There are a number of resources available to help you locate flight instructors:

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)'s Members Only section

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)'s resources

University Aviation Association: two- and four-year college/university aviation programs


Pilot's instructor directory



Given a shortage of instructors, especially in some geographic areas, if you cannot find a CFI that has the experience you need you may need to help the instructor you can find develop the skills you need.

Here are some ideas for developing your own instructor.






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