C O M M E R C I A L & F L I G H T I N S T R U C T O R R A T I N G S
Your Commercial license and Flight Instructor rating must be completed in a "complex" aircraft with retractable gear.
The Commercial rating is essentially a Private Pilot checkride flown to higher standards which incorporates four new manuevers: Lazy 8's, Chandelles, 8's on Pylons, and Steep Spirals. After previous instrument training, these new manuevers are all help to return the candidate to flying OUTSIDE the airplane visually. The commercial manuevers require demonstration of good pitch, bank, and yaw control coordination throughout the normal flight envelope.
The Flight Instructor (CFI) rating is essentially a carbon copy of the Commercial, however it is flown from the copilot right seat while explaining each manuever in a conversational manner.
The majority of your CFI training will be one on one ground instruction discussion of aerodynamics, systems, weather, regulations, aeronautical decision-making, flight planning, and of each manuever in the Private and Commercial pilot practical tests.
Our 250 HP, retractable Socata Trinidad is used for these ratings. We are sure you will enjoy flying this very impressive airplane. If you are not planning to pursue a carreer as an airline, charter, or cargo pilot, but more so as a part time flight instructor, then completing your initial Commercial and Instructor ratings in a single engine aircraft first makes most sense. The multi-add ons can be performed later at your option.