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I'm a little confused. Are you asking if it's a good idea to study for and take the FOI written first. Then write a bunch of lesson plans, and study for the flight instructor rotorcraft written. Then go back and study FOI's for the oral?

 

The question pool for the FOI written is relatively small. Roughly 350 questions depending on who you ask. The test is 50 questions. It is very easy to memorize the question pool for the FOI written, and study for the FRH written. You could take both tests on the same day. The subjects of the tests are different enough that you shouldn't get the material confused.

 

In my opinion, you should get the written tests out of the way before you start studying for the checkride. Your instructor should have you write some lesson plans, and teach them. Then you can write plans for the big stuff, aerodynamics, maneuvers, weather, aeromedical for the checkride. Then make FOI flashcards to study for the oral. Even though you memorized FOIs for the written you need to learn them for the oral. You will be doing all of this writing while you are learning to talk while performing your maneuvers, and practicing full downs.

 

Talk to your instructor about it also.

 

Hope this made sense. And if it did, I hope this helps.

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Take them both long before you start studying for the oral. Both contain a lot of useless knowledge that you won't be remotely tested for on the oral portion of the practical.

 

Go take the FOI first. Like the other poster said, it's a quick, easy test.

 

THEN, take your CFI-H written and the Advanced Ground Instructor written back-to-back. They're the exact same test (almost). A lot of people are scared of the AGI test because they asked you about airplanes and other catagories. I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I had about 8-10 airplane questions on my CFI-helicopter written test. One of my old students took his CFI written last week and had about 7 airplane questions. So, don't sweat the AGI--just study EVERY question in the CFI prep book (only an extra ~50-100 questions).

 

The second that the AGI prints out, you can apply for your certificate. Take AGI and FOI results to your local FSDO, and they'll print you a certificate. Don't forget to take AGI certificate with you to your CFI checkride!!! (You have to prove that you are already a certified [ground] instructor.)

 

When you go for your instrument, do the same--study the whole book. Take your Instrument-Heli, CFII-H, and Instrument Ground Instructor all in the same day. They're all out of the same test bank.

 

Good luck!

 

-Jonathan

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That answers my "CFI Study Hints" question.

 

Take them both long before you start studying for the oral. Both contain a lot of useless knowledge that you won't be remotely tested for on the oral portion of the practical.

 

Go take the FOI first. Like the other poster said, it's a quick, easy test.

 

THEN, take your CFI-H written and the Advanced Ground Instructor written back-to-back. They're the exact same test (almost). A lot of people are scared of the AGI test because they asked you about airplanes and other catagories. I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I had about 8-10 airplane questions on my CFI-helicopter written test. One of my old students took his CFI written last week and had about 7 airplane questions. So, don't sweat the AGI--just study EVERY question in the CFI prep book (only an extra ~50-100 questions).

 

The second that the AGI prints out, you can apply for your certificate. Take AGI and FOI results to your local FSDO, and they'll print you a certificate. Don't forget to take AGI certificate with you to your CFI checkride!!! (You have to prove that you are already a certified [ground] instructor.)

 

When you go for your instrument, do the same--study the whole book. Take your Instrument-Heli, CFII-H, and Instrument Ground Instructor all in the same day. They're all out of the same test bank.

 

Good luck!

 

-Jonathan

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