The Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument allows a Flight Instructor to provide training to students towards their Instrument Rating, Flight Instructor – Instrument Rating, and Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. The CFII course is the natural progression for instructors and serves to not only increase the pilot’s instrument flying skills, but to enhance a flight instructor’s knowledge and ability as a capable and adaptive pilot.


To begin CFII training, the student will have to meet the following FAA requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold an FAA Commercial Pilot’s or Airline Transport Pilot license, with Rotorcraft Category and Helicopter Class rating
  • Hold an FAA Instrument Rating, with Rotorcraft Category and Helicopter Class rating
  • The student needs to be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.


The following tests and examinations are required for the CFII course:

  • FAA Medical Certificate
  • Fundamentals of Instruction Test (Written Test)
  • CFII Knowledge Test (Written Test)
  • CFII Practical Test (Oral and Flight Test, undertaken by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner)


Los Angeles Helicopters Part 141 Private Pilot’s training course comprises of classroom-based ground school and flight training.

All of Los Angeles Helicopter’s ground school training is provided on a one-on-one basis (no large groups of students). Our experienced Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) provide the highest level of training using manual and online syllabuses, fully equipped classrooms with digital presentations and video training.

As a Private Pilot student you will be introduced to key subjects such as the principles of flight, navigation, weather and aviation regulations. Regular stage checks will ensure you are able to pass your FAA written exams with ease.

The flight training will be conducted in the two seat Robinson R22 (or the larger R44 aircraft on request). Training will follow our FAA Part 141 syllabus and will take place at Long Beach airport, local airports and in the Los Angeles vicinity.


Assuming a full time schedule (6 Days per Week, 4-6 hours training per day) a student can expect to complete the CFII course in 7 – 14 days (assuming the student holds a Certified Flight Instructor rating).

Part 141: Minimum Time Average Completion Time
Dual Training Time 15 hours 8 hours
Ground Training Time 15 hours 15 hours