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Complex for CFI Practical

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I'm not sure if I remember correctly, but can someone answer if you need to fly the CFI practical (airplane SEL) in a complex airplane? 

I remember seeing that somewhere but I've reviewed that PTS and I can't seem to find it!



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  1. Bill Trussell on Feb 03, 2014

    See aircraft and equipment required section, bullet 4, page 9 of the commercial pilot PTS available here:


    Since the CFI is authorized to provide required instruction to commercial pilot applicants/candidates the CFI should be able to perform all of the required maneuvers in this PTS and thus are required to provide the same aircraft for those commercial maneuvers the examiner deems appropriate.

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  2. Mark Kolber on Feb 03, 2014

    Like the commercial Bill talked about, the CFI practical test (http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_standards/media/FAA-S-8081-6D.pdf) requires that your perform the takeoff and landing maneuvers in a complex airplane.

    I’m curious which PTS you looked at. The complex aircraft requirement appears in the section entitled Aircraft and Equipment Required for the Practical Test (funny how that works). starting on page 10.

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  3. Mark Kolber on Feb 03, 2014

    BTW, note that an complex aircraft is not required for a CFI renewal or reinstatement ride so long as (1) the earlier one did use a complex for those tasks and (2) the examiner agrees.

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  4. Chris M on Feb 03, 2014

    Thanks guys! The confusion was with which maneuvers had to be demonstrated and whether a complex had to be used for the entire test. My instructor posed the question but I thought it was for the whole ride and not specific maneuvers. Clearly it is stated in the PTS as Mark pointed out.

    Thanks again!

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