Guidance for Former Military Instructors Who Want an FAA CFI Certificate

The FAA published several revisions to CFR 14 Part 61 on 22 October, including a change to § 61.73(g) that allows current and former U.S. military instructor pilots to apply for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight instructor certificate with ratings based on those on their commercial or ATP certificates. Military IPs, included retired aviators, can earn a CFI by documenting their experience and passing a knowledge test. No training or practical test is required.

The FAA has published guidance for its FSDO inspectors. The description of the process and requirements are available at http://fsims.faa.gov; click the following link or search for “New Section 61.73(g) That Allows Current and Former U.S. Military Instructor Pilots to Apply for an FAA Flight Instructor Certificate.”

ASA (publisher of my Flight Simulator book) has a download edition of its Prepware to prepare for the Military Competency and Military Competency Instructor (MCI) FAA Knowledge Exams. The software is available as a download for Windows or the Mac for $39.95.

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