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"Instructor Survey"

On November 26, 2010 American Flyers emailed the following survey to nearly 20,000 Flight Instructors who have taken a Flight Instructor Renewal Course (FIRC) since 2004.

The actual survey and instructor responses follow.

Urgent - The FAA poised to change CFI Revalidation Regulations

Dear Steven,

This December 6th, FIRC providers, like American Flyers, will be in Washington, DC to advise the FAA on what your thoughts are regarding instructor revalidation. The significant words here are "your thoughts". If Dr Michael Bliss and I are to represent you we need to know what you're thinking. Please invest five minutes of your time and click on the "Take this survey" link below.

As one of America's flight instructors you are more than a professional... you are also one of aviations' good will ambassadors. Washington should know what you do...

Thanking you in advance,

Don Harrington
CEO, American Flyers

American Flyers Survey

1. How long have you been a licensed flight instructor?

  • 3 years or less
  • 4 - 10 years
  • 11 - 19 years
  • 20 years or more

2. How many students did you assist last year?

  • 5 or less
  • 6 - 15
  • 16 - 20
  • More than 20

3. How many "civilians" did you encourage to become a Pilot in the last 12 months?

  • 5 or less
  • 6 - 15
  • 16 - 20
  • More than 20

4. I use the 16 hour FIRC (class or online) because:

  • I am not an active flight instructor, but invested a lot in getting my instructor ratings.
  • I am not an active flight instructor, but I'm proud of possessing the license.
  • I need to keep my certificate current as a backup to being a professional pilot.
  • I need to keep my certificate current because I am an active classroom teacher.
  • Keeps me up to date with new regulations, etc.
  • If it wasn't for the online FIRC I might not renew my certificate
  • No opinion

5. What would you favor as a replacement to the current 16 hour FIRC Class? (select all that apply).

  • A written examination
  • Flight test with the FAA
  • Flight test with a DPE
  • Flight test with another instructor
  • I prefer the present FIRC
  • No opinion

6. If the present 16 hour FIRC is continued what changes would you recommend? (select all that apply)

  • More demonstrations
  • More emphasis on decision making
  • More on how to teach
  • No opinion

7. In your opinion how long should it take to determine the competency of a CFI applicant (time on the flight test)?

  • 2 hours or less
  • 2 - 3 hours
  • 3 - 4 hours
  • No opinion

8. Should full stalls be required as part of training and the CFI flight test?

  • Yes
  • Only to the point of recognition
  • No, not at all
  • No opinion

9. Should full spins be required as part of training and the CFI flight test?

  • Yes
  • Only to the point of recognition
  • No, not at all
  • No opinion

10. Should the FAA adopt a CEU (Continuing Education Units) system to maintain certification similar to the other professions?

  • Yes, a combination of CEU's for successfull sign offs
  • Class Attendance
  • No, the present system is fine
  • No opinion

11. Please submit any additional comments here.

Here are the final results of this survey.
19,521 email invitations were sent.
2,350 (12%) bounced due to bad addresses
43 (.2%) opted out of being sent emails
8,049 (52.3%) opened the e-mail
4,212 (52.3%) clicked through the e-mail to the survey.
4,030 people actually took the survey
1,178 people wrote comments (View the following pages to read all comments)

1178 Instructor submitted comments:

Please click the following link to read the Instructor submitted comments: http://www.americanflyers.net/cfi_survey/CFI_Comments.pdf


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