When you are enrolled with CFI Academy for the CFI Training Course (CFI initial), and are working towards getting your FAA Flight Instructor (initial) Certificate, you will need at least the following items, for your training and for your FAA CFI Checkride:

Practical Test Standards (PTS)

Even though your CFI Checkride will be conducted in accordance with the FAA Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards, you will need some additional PTS publications for your Flight Instructor Training and Certification. Here is the list of all the PTS’ required for CFI Ground School and Checkride:

  1. FAA Practical Test Standards – Private Pilot Airplane (FAA-S-8081-14A)
  2. FAA Practical Test Standards – Commercial Pilot Airplane (FAA-S-8081-12B)
  3. FAA Practical Test Standards – Flight Instructor Airplane (FAA-S-8081-6CS)

The reason why you need the Private and Commercial PTS’ is because you will need to use those 2 to prepare and teach your lesson plans. If you do not have those 2 PTS’, you won’t be able to accomplish the TASKS listed in the CFI PTS. So, no these PTS’ are not optional, and you need to have them with you for your CFI Training and Checkride.

Aviation Text Books and Aeronautical Knowledge Books

Here is the list of required and recommended text books and publications you will need for the CFI Training Course at CFI Academy:

  1. Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A)
  2. Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3A)
  3. Aviation Instructor’s Handbook (FAA-H-8083-9A)
  4. Current edition of FAR / AIM
  5. Current edition of Airport Facility Directory

Flight Instructor Knowledge Exam Test Prep

If you have not taken either one of your CFI knowledge exam, then you need the following 2 knowledge exam test prep books as well:

  1. Flight Instructor Airplane – Knowledge exam test prep
  2. Fundamentals of Instruction – Knowledge exam test prep

Lesson Plans and Reference Materials

  1. Flight Instructor (CFI) Lesson Plans – (recommended, not required)
  2. Advisory Circulars – we will provide these

Other Items

Here is a list of other items required for this course (CFI initial):

  1. Current San Francisco area sectional navigation chart
  2. Headsets
  3. Pilot Knee / Lap Board
  4. View Limiting Device (hood) – we will provide one, but as a Professional CFI, you should have one.
  5. Piper Arrow (PA28R-200) – Pilot’s Operating Handbook – POH