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6 Questions You Should Be Prepared To Answer During Your CFI Interview

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These are 6 types of questions you should be ready to answer during a CFI interview. We've given you an example of a question that would fall under each category...

1) Tough Student Questions: You have a student that consistently shows up unprepared for their lessons. What should you do?

Never fly a student when they're unprepared. It's a waste of your time, their time, and their money. Don't fly with the students until they can show adequate preparation during your pre-brief.


2) CFI Regulations: What are the endorsements required for a commercial pilot practical exam?

You can find the endorsements listed in FAA AC 61-65H, which you can probably use to answer the question. They must have endorsements for the aeronautical knowledge test, an endorsement acknowledging 61.127 and 61.129, an endorsement stating you have reviewed written test deficiencies, training has been completed within 2 calendar months preceding (61.39), and also complete a signed 8710 form.


3) Checkride Questions: What will you base your decision on when recommending a student for a practical test?

There are three crucial factors: mastery of the aircraft, confidence, and the ability to correct errors.


4) Work Ethics: Define professionalism for me.

Good definition: How an individual presents himself/herself in a work environment and how he/she strives to provide adequate instruction and customer service.


5) CFI Content: Name a few special emphasis areas in the CFI PTS.

Here are some noteworthy emphasis areas: positive aircraft control, stall/spin awareness, wake turbulence avoidance, LAHSO, wire strike avoidance, TFRs, and aviation security.

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6) Teaching Questions: Your student keeps ballooning on exit from a steep turn. How could you solve the problem?

If you trim the aircraft during your steep turn and don't re-trim as you roll out, you'll find you need lots of forward control pressure to lower your pitch. Many students allow the aircraft to balloon as they exit the steep turn, often because they're fighting the trim they added to stabilize the turn.

As you roll out of the turn, start trimming the aircraft nose down to relieve the control pressure. As you establish your level-flight pitch, make a final trim adjustment to eliminate any pressure and hold level flight.

What other questions were you asked during a CFI interview? Tell us in the comments below.

Ready to start your airline career? Want to fly an E-170/175? Get started and apply to Republic Airways today.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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