What Should You Charge as a CFI?

More money is safer.

As a new, old, or “returning” (in my case) CFI, a nagging question might be:  “WTF should I charge?”  And stumped you should be, since general aviation can be an opaque place that doesn’t love you back as much as you love it.  So you ask yourself, “How can I do this for a living?”  The answer is you can, but it takes a few key ingredients, rumination and simple action.

What a flight instructor is paid has a huge range and your question might be, where do you belong?  And how can you belong, appear, smell or act in such a way that you can ask for sustainable income?

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Evaluate vs. Teach (Flight Instruction)

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Duchess in flight thanks to Denis Hersey

I recently added my MEI (multi engine instructor) to my FAA CFI license.  (Certificated Flight Instructor).

This is a simple way for expired old timers (me) to get back in the game of teaching flying.  The FAA flight instructor rating expires if you don’t teach enough (and endorse enough) or take the proscribed renewal classes.  I fell off the teaching wagon in 2001 and lost the legal ability to teach.  This was no travesty until I aged a bit, moved to the Bay Area and realized that I not only like teaching, but I like specific types of teaching such as tailwheel training and endorsements, bush flying, TAA (technically advanced aircraft) as well multi, turbine and high performance transition related training.   Continue reading Evaluate vs. Teach (Flight Instruction)