5 Day CFI

5 Day CFI

Take Flight San Diego’s CFI program is one of the most active and successful in southern California. Students from around the word and across the U.S have benefitted from the structured and detailed approach that has resulted in a success rate of over 80% on the first attempt, compared to an industry average of 30%. Read testimonials from former students. The program is geared towards not only passing the check ride but also learning how to be a successful flight instructor whether your goal is just a part time hobby or a full time business.

Success is largely dependent on your preparation in advance of the 5 day program.  Read Preparing for the CFI Practical Test to understand the recommended preparation, prerequisites, and schedule. To help you with advance preparation, I offer (at no cost) the option to hear you deliver selected lesson plans and provide feedback either in person or via Skype. I have found this to be an invaluable process to help you develop confidence in presenting effective lessons. I also make available, CFI lesson plans prepared by some of the best former students as a guide to creating your own.

Format & Cost

The 5 day program can be configured to suit your schedule, either 5 days in a row or with a break in between. However it is important to compress the training into as short a time frame as possible to insure continuity and retention of learning. A typical day will start with the presentation of lesson plans, followed by a flight of 1.5 – 2 hours.

The cost of the 5 Day CFI Program is $4,200 not including airplane rental. If additional instruction is needed after the 5th day, instruction is provided at a full day rate of $800 or $400 per half day if less than a full 8 hour day is needed. To guarantee your reservation of airplane and instructional time, 50% of the $4,200 fee is required before the start date, with the balance due on the first day of training. Acceptable forms of payment are credit/debit, check, or PayPal.

Airplanes can be rented from Plus One Flyers at SEE, MYF, RNM, and CRQ. Typical airplane time is 10 hours. Plus One Flyers requires a one-time joining fee of $99 and monthly dues of $32. Membership may be terminated at any time with a 30 day notice.


For those pursuing non-accelerated CFI training, instruction is provided at a rate of $800 per day or $400 per half day.