Flight Training Courses at the CFI Academy

Choosing a flight school is a very personal decision. You will be investing a great deal of time and money throughout your flight training experience. The flight school that you choose will obviously play an important role in the type of pilot that you become.

CFI Academy is a flight instructor training institute which specializes in the training for the initial issue flight instructor certificate applicants (CFI), and flight instructor instrument airplane (CFII) and multi-engine instructor ratings (MEI). At CFI Academy, flight instructor certificates and ratings’ training is all that we do. We believe that by keeping ourselves focused and involved in the CFI courses exclusively, we do a much better job with preparing our applicants for the FAA practical test (checkride), and have our entire infrastructure optimized for best results.

CFI Academy exclusively trains future teachers of aviation – FAA Certified Flight Instructors. The courses offered are:

– Flight Instructor initial certification course (CFI ASE and/or AME)
– Flight Instructor Instrument Airplane and Multi-Engine Instructor add on ratings (Single-Engine add on in case of initial CFI on Multi-Engine)
– Ground Instructor certification courses (BGI, AGI and IGI)
– Flight Instructor Refresher and Re-instatement Course
– Flight Review and Insurance required flight / ground training in our aircraft or customer aircraft
– Instrument Proficiency and Currency flight / ground training
– Checkride preparation courses
– Special Request Courses

You should read the training philosophy and mission statement as well to better understand the service and training quality here.

If for some reason you do not find an answer to something, or need some sort of custom course structure, you can always contact us. If we can not provide you with what you are looking for, maybe we can recommend someone who can.

Preparing for Working As a Flight Attendant

Many young women and men aspire to become a member of the cabin crew on a major airline. This should come as no surprise when you consider the many advantages of being a flight attendant. If you are interested in becoming a flight attendant, read on these important tips that can help you launch your airline career.

Well prepared – Learn as much as you can about the airline you’ll be interviewing with: its routes, its aircraft, its financial situation, current news, and its people. Another part of being prepared is knowing the location of the interview in advance. If you’re driving to your interview, check traffic. If you’re flying to your interview, check for weather and ATC delays. Arrive early!

Look The Part – each airline is different. And with this difference comes a unique and diverse culture. Many overlook the importance and the influence of culture, and how aligning yourself with the culture of the airline increases your chances of being hired. Know that an interview for Southwest will be different than one for say, American. We recall interviewing for Song Airlines, Delta’s low-fare subsidiary, which had a unique and distinct culture. Song was about self expression. And the concept of self expression was the voice of Song; interwoven throughout every aspect of the airline. The atmosphere was a mix of excitement and energy. For the interview one of the potential candidates wore a suit and power tie (think Gordon Gekko from the film Wall Street). Although he was professionally dressed, he didn’t look the part of someone who was energetic, friendly, and personable. This guy looked like a bean counter and carried himself as such the whole interview. Needless to say, he didn’t get the culture of Song, and he didn’t get an offer. Know the culture. Because culture really does matter.

Don’t Be A Wallflower – most interviews for flight attendant consists of a group meeting, followed by an exchange of information, followed by individual introductions in front of the group, and if you’re fortunate, a one-on-one interview. Know that when you arrive you’re being observed and assessed. It’s very important that you mingle, be approachable, enthusiastic, confident, give eye contact (with both eyes… think Mike Meyers’ character from the film View From the Top), SMILE, and most importantly be genuine. Many, if not most of the recruiters are flight attendants, so they know what to look for. Always remember: first impressions are lasting ones. Make it count.

Be Yourself – because you’re being observed, and possibly interviewed by flight attendants, it’s very important that you be yourself. Flight attendants tend to be sensitive to the ways of others; a trait that is needed and sought after. Possessing this skill will serve you well in your career as a flight attendant. Those interviewing you can tell if you’re being phonier than Milli Vanilli. They’ve seen and heard it all.

Have Scenarios Queued and Ready – if you’re not familiar with the STAR method of interviewing now’s the time to find out. This type of interviewing requires you to answer a series of questions based on experiences you’ve had. When answering these types of questions be specific when you answer. Refrain from answering questions in general terms. Remember: be genuine in your responses.

Persevere – if this is a career you really want, don’t give up. You must keep calm and carry on. Many of our friends, including both of us, weren’t hired the first time we interviewed to be flight attendants. Not giving up, but using each interview as a learning opportunity served us well. Keep in mind that you must put your best foot forward. Do the best that you can. Learn something new each step of the way. Don’t take rejection personally.

Even though there have been many cutbacks in service, airlines will continue to hire on a regular basis. Check each airlines’ career page on a consistent basis for openings. Once you have applied, completed your online assessment, and received an interview, be sure to go over the tips outlined above for the added comfort of knowing what to expect as you pursue your dream job.