Flying Instructors teach others the theory and practical skills of flying an aircraft so they may obtain a pilot licence. They utilise flight simulators and dual-controlled aircraft. Instructors must have expert knowledge of maintenance procedures and aircraft components, and hold a Commercial Pilot License, and an Instructor Rating.
Flying instructors teach emergency procedures for both in the air and on the ground, and flight maneuvers such as taxiing to the runway, take-off and landings. They also teach students how to inspect their aircraft before each flight and the current regulations and safety standards.
Instructors may be required to hold a Night Visual Flight Rules Rating, and/or a Command Instrument Rating to teach night flying techniques.
Career prospects for Flying Instructors are good as it is an occupation in demand. Some take on pilot roles, while instructing. Others move on to upper management roles within Aviation using their subject matter expertise.
$38,000 – $108,000 (Median $41,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.