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Build Flight Hours While Teaching Others to Fly

By Blue Line Aviation on Jun 5, 2022 2:15:00 AM

Once you receive your Commercial Pilot Rating, the next step for most people is to obtain their CFI, CFII, and MEI ratings. Getting these ratings allows you to build flight hours while teaching others how to fly. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of obtaining these ratings and provide some tips for getting started.

CFI (Certified Flight Instructor)

CFI is the rating needed to become a 'certified flight instructor.' Blue Line's CFI training is a Part 61 accelerated course that takes just ten training days to complete. The CFI course at Blue Line Aviation has been designed to produce results, with a first-time pass rate of around 85%. This is well above the national average, making Blue Line Aviation the perfect choice for those looking to get their CFI rating and be eligible for their CFI checkride.

CFI training is vital for those looking to be career pilots, and the expert team at Blue Line Aviation will ensure that you have all the opportunities you need to succeed.

The requirements for CFI add on include:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Have logged at least 250 hours (or 190 hours Part 141) total time
  • Hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate or ATP (ASEL or AMEL) with Instrument Rating
  • Hold a valid FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate (or higher)


CFII (Certified Flight Instructor Instrument)

The CFII rating is an essential credential for any pilot who wishes to pursue a career in aviation. With this rating, students will perfect their teaching of instrument flying skills while sitting in the right seat of the cockpit.

Training for CFII will happen in an instrument-equipped aircraft and a simulator. Flight simulators offer big benefits to students. Blue Line Aviation students train in our Diamond Flight Simulator - It’s as real as it gets.

Blue Line Aviation offers an instrument instructor add-on course to their CFI course. The add-on course typically takes five days to complete and is offered at a discount when bundled.

The requirements for the CFII add on include:

  • Possess an instrument rating on his/her pilot certificate
  • Pass the instrument flight instructor knowledge test
  • Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor on the areas of operation required for an instrument flight instructor
  • Pass the instrument flight instructor practical test


MEI (Multi-Engine Instructor)

A Multi-Engine Rating is a rating that qualifies you to fly as pilot-in-command (PIC) of any aircraft with more than one engine. The MEI rating also allows you to teach how to fly a multi-engine aircraft.

Blue Line Aviation's Part 61 MEI course duration and pricing is dependent on your experience. You need fifteen hours of multi-engine airplane pilot-in-command time to be eligible for the checkride.

If you already completed your CFI Initial, then you do not need to take the full MEI course. Contact Blue Line for a customized course that could get your MEI within a week.

The requirements for MEI include:

  • Earn the required endorsements from an authorized instructor
  • Take and pass a checkride with a pilot examiner to act as PIC of a multi-engine aircraft


CFI, CFII and MEI Training at Blue Line Aviation

At Blue Line Aviation, we offer comprehensive training for aspiring pilots of all levels. Our brand new state-of-the-art facility provides the perfect setting for learning and practicing the skills necessary to become a successful pilot. We offer flexible scheduling and competitive pricing, so you can get the training you need without breaking the bank.

Wondering what you’ll learn in flight school? Contact us today to learn more about our CFI, CFII and MEI training programs. We'll be happy to answer any of your questions and help you take the first step toward achieving your dream of becoming a pilot.

Blue Line Aviation, established in 2012, is one of only a few flight schools in the world to provide quality flight training programs at an accelerated pace. In as few as five and a half months, students can go from no experience to fully confident and certified pilots, fully prepared for a career in aviation. Schedule a tour of our new state-of-the-art facility (located at 3149B Swift Creek Road, Smithfield, North Carolina) and let your new career take flight. For more inquiries and additional information, please visit our website, find us on social media, or contact Ashley Tucker, our Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (919) 578-3713 ext. 305.