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Flying instructors teach people how to fly aeroplanes, helicopters or other aircraft.

Flying instructors may do some or all of the following:

  • prepare flight training programmes
  • teach students aviation rules and theory 
  • carry out and teach pre-flight checks on aircraft
  • teach students how to use aircraft controls, and how to fly during the day, at night and with instruments
  • test students' skills and knowledge, and write student reports
  • teach qualified pilots about new equipment and different aircraft.

To specialise in teaching people how to fly remotely piloted aircraft (drones), you usually need a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) qualification.

Physical Requirements

Flying instructors need to have:

  • good hearing and eyesight (with or without corrective lenses)
  • good reflexes and co-ordination
  • a good level of fitness and health, as they must pass a medical exam every year.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for flying instructors includes:

  • teaching
  • work with machinery
  • customer service
  • weather forecasting.

Personal Qualities

Flying instructors need to be:

  • safety-focused
  • supportive, patient and positive
  • excellent communicators with good people skills
  • able to think logically, follow procedures and act responsibly
  • good at making decisions under pressure.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for flying instructors includes:

  • teaching
  • work with machinery
  • customer service
  • weather forecasting.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a flying instructor. However, NCEA Level 2 English, maths and physics are preferred.

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training.

Flying Instructors can earn around $39K-$70K per year per year.

Flying instructors may progress to become senior instructors, or work as airline pilots once they have gained enough flying hours.

Flying instructors usually teach people to fly either aeroplanes or helicopters.

They may also specialise in:

  • particular types of aircraft such as propeller, jet, light or large commercial aircraft
  • agricultural flying
  • how to operate drones.
Flying Instructor

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