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[Help] Want to be a Flight Instructor in US

Old 6th Oct 2014, 17:13
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[Help] Want to be a Flight Instructor in US

Good Day,

I recently contacted ATP Flying school through email about my case. They did not answer my questions directly (It might be automated.)

I am currently studying flying in the Philippines. By the time I finish my packaged flying time, I would have accumulated the following:

160 Hours of Flying Time
CPL with IR (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines)
EP Level 4

I plan on continuing my studies in the US, and hopefully be a Flight Instructor.

I have prepared a list of questions, so that you can address me properly:

1.) What steps should I make after I finish my current course?
2.) Will my hours be credited when I study in US?
3.) Will I need to get a separate FAA License to apply for a Flight Instructor Course Training?

Thank You!
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Old 6th Oct 2014, 23:02
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Working backwards -


3. Yes. In order to get a FAA CFI you must hold a FAA commercial with an IR. For the FAA commercial you need 250 hours total time and the FAA private. The good news is you can get the FAA private based on your CAAP license. So you would have to pass the FAA IR written test and checkride then pass the FAA commercial written and checkride. Finally you would have to pass the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction written and the CFI written and checkride.


2. Yes


1. When you have picked the location you will train at you can begin the process of having your FAA private issued.
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Old 6th Oct 2014, 23:35
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Thank You Very Much! I'll get back to PPRuNe once I get all the necessary requirements for a CFI.
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Old 7th Oct 2014, 05:19
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The title for your original post states that you want to be an instructor in the US. You will need to be a US citizen, or hold a visa that authorises you work in the US eg the so-called 'green card'.

Without the above approval you will not be able to work in the USA, no matter what qualifications you have, or get.
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Old 7th Oct 2014, 20:07
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The above criteria also applies to Canada. You must become a citizen first. Nothing else matters until you become a citizen. A Flight Instructor/Pilot is not a "Temporary Worker" in Canada. You can flip burgers or be a chamber maid or an oil field worker, but you cannot be a "temporary Flight Instructor". Sorry.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 12:57
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I don't want to discourage you, but your chances of being able to work in the US as a CFI are very slim. As another poster already stated, you need to be a citizen or have some kind of work visa.

Work visas are typically alloted to those who meet a certain criteria. A CFI, is not one of those particular skills. Permanent Workers | USCIS

If your dream is to work in the US, my advice to you is to get out of aviation and get a PhD.

I would gladly trade my aviation career in the USA, for yours in SE Asia. The money sucks here. I sometimes have to justify buying lunch.

Good Luck
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 14:26
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Its a complete no go from the start if you don't have rights to work in the US.
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 07:58
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Most of you are completely wrong!! A visa to work in the US as a CFI is one of the easiest to get. He will need to get his FAA Private, IR and Comm as well as his CFI (MEII) All he has to do is enrol on a course that offers those qualifications with a job for the remainder of his 2 year visa. Easy, as it is one that is offered by many schools. If you think I am wrong, I am living proof that I am right.
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 11:33
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We're not referring to a time-limited student visa with the possibility of a limited amount of work experience. The OP stated s/he wanted to work in the US, without qualification. Getting a green card or citizenship for that is not easy.
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Old 21st Oct 2014, 23:23
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And in my case ?

What do i need to work as flight instructor in USA ?, i'm actually working as flight instructor in Brazil. CPL-ME-IR-CFI-EP4
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Old 23rd Oct 2014, 22:05
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The same as everyone else: US citizen or a visa that authorises you to work in the US eg 'green card', + FAA CPL & Instrument Rating + FAA Instructor Rating(s).
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Old 29th Oct 2014, 14:35
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Consider Australia?

I'm 54 and am slowly thinking about retirement. I have this crazy idea that it would be a great life to instruct in gliders in the US during the northern hemisphere soaring season and in Australia during the southern hemisphere's soaring season. Yes, there is a point to this...

I've googled this a few times and always come across pages on emigration to and/or working in Australia. I find flight instructor listed as a shortage career field with the indication that it's easy to get a work permit.

Might be a great experience. Closer to the Phillipines, still an English-speaking country.

Hit Google and see what you can find, mate!

Terry

A cousin spent about a year in Oz some time back. He milked the accent for all he could for years!
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Old 29th Oct 2014, 23:56
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Why do people think they can just walk into a foreign country and start work, AS ANYTHING, not just a pilot? This is well trod terrain, to work in a country, not yoUR own, you need their permission to do so. In today's world, that's rare to non-existent.

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Old 30th Oct 2014, 08:36
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Why do people think they can just walk into a foreign country and start work, AS ANYTHING, not just a pilot?
I think that too many people think their country is better than any other, and therefore they're better qualified, or that the other country can't possibly have as many well qualified people.
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Old 31st Oct 2014, 16:21
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Bingo, that's exactly it, misplaced entitlement.
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Old 6th Nov 2014, 17:13
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Earlier post rather vague, sorry.

galaxy flyer - is your comment about working in a foreign country directed at me or rigonanfm?

I reread my post a moment ago and realized it's not super clear. I could have been clearer in saying "Hey, rigonanfm, you might want to consider Australia because there is a genuine shortage of flight instructors there, and the government is willing to issue work permits for foreigners to instruct there. That's NOT going to happen in the US, but Australia has the benefits of being both closer to the PI and an English-speaking country. Good luck."

"I've inquired about being a part-time, seasonal GLIDER instructor there after I retire in a few years. Their soaring season is the opposite of the nothern hemisphere. I've been given assurances that not only is it relatively common to do what I'd like to do, but plenty of places will help convert my cetificates to teach there."

I understand why someone would want to instruct in the US if they are from elsewhere, but that's not going to happen except for the few people who come on a visa that includes CFI training and instruction for a short period as part of it.

Not trying to be sarcastic, etc. Truly realized my own answer was not only vague but almost misleading about who it was about.

Sorry!
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Old 9th Nov 2014, 14:52
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Why do people think they can just walk into a foreign country and start work, AS ANYTHING, not just a pilot? This is well trod terrain, to work in a country, not yoUR own, you need their permission to do so. In today's world, that's rare to non-existent.
Seems like the illegal Mexicans over here do it all the time, heck quite a few also get a free education out of it and citizenship for any kids they give birth to while here, they are given drivers licenses etc.

Just don't try that as a professional or by going through the proper channels, that never turns out well.
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Old 6th Jan 2015, 04:14
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Flight instructor

HI B200Drvr

I saw your post from awhile ago, I was wondering what type of working visa do you have?

Thanks

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Old 7th Jan 2015, 21:46
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If your dream is to work in the US, my advice to you is to get out of aviation and get a PhD

Talk about a poor return on investment, most PHDs I know make crap money, especially for all the "education" they paid for.

If you want to work in the US, under MaObama, just come over on a student visa, get all your ratings, CFI etc, move away from your last reported event and work as a CFI under the table.

Our current administration is cool with illegal immigrants, currently Obama is fast tracking a few million of them for citizenship. Id look into it and read up on the news, chances are you could also get some free insurance too while you're here.

Just don't try to immigrate here legally, that's frowned on.

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Old 9th May 2017, 20:52
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hi.
I know this thread is like 3 years old but I have my CPL multi engine from the US and want to do my CFI and teach to get my hours which visa type do I apply for that will allow work even if its on a temporary basis. cos my visa was the M1 and it didn't allow working of any sort.

thanks
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