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CFI with 18?


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Hello,

 

my name is Sandro and I currently live in Germany.

 

I made my private license at Hillsboro Aviation.

Now I want to finish my prof. pilot training (chpl, ir, cfi, cfii) this summer.

 

 

Now my question:

Is it possible to find a job as a CFII with 18? I want to work 2 years in the United States. In this time I must collect hours, before I go back home.

 

Can anybody help me?

 

Sandro

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As long as you know your stuff and your prospective employer can see that you can conduct yourself in a professional and authoritative (i.e. some students will be twice your age) manner, you have every right to instuct at 18 years, experience permitting. In my experience, the only time it can become a problem is when a prospective student is unwilling to learn from someone half their age, regardless of knowledge and proficiency.

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One of my fixed wing instrument instructors was only 18. I would fly w/ him occasionally when my normal instructor wasn't available. Yes, I was a little apprehensive at first, but I became comfortable with him our first flight together. Both of us even had our first emergency while flying together (loss of all electrical systemswhile flying IFR in the clouds) and he handled himself like it happened every day. Professionalism and knowledge/ability are what's important.

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  • 4 months later...

One of my CFI's started like when he was 19 or 20 and he now flies for Columbia Helicopters. If you want it bad enough you can and will succeed regardless of your age. Good luck and fly safe.

 

Steve

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  • 1 month later...

This is a good question. I'm 18 as well, & I'm just about ready to start training if my loan goes through. This will be my career, & I want it pretty bad. I've just been getting apprehensive that I'm going for my ratings before thinking about a degree. I'm hoping this doesnt hurt my chances but it seems like it will.

 

I guess we'll have to keep in touch, & see how we both do!

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