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Credit towards CFI for military instruction time?

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Recently forced to retire from an airline career due to age 60; had 22 years of military flying before that, including appx 1500 hours of instuctor time in various military aircraft. Do you know if the FAA has changed their rules to allow the military instructor time to count toward a CFI rating? Am going to pick up the CFI, but it would be nice to cut the program down some if the FAA gives credit for the instruction time.

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  1. Gary Moore on Aug 06, 2010

    Well – the safest route is to contact you local FAA folks (the ones likely to do your CFI ride) and ask them.

    But I doubt you are going to get any credit for the instruction you’ve given in the military. But the good news is – you should have no trouble passing with all that experience – so I’d just grab the CFI of your choice and knock it out….

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  2. Matthew Waugh on Aug 06, 2010

    The reference is 61.73(g).

    As usual it has nothing to do with actual experience – it’s all to do with holding the correct paperwork. It’s all greek to me, but I assume if you hold those kinds of documents you’d know it, and if you don’t hold those kinds of documents then you’d have to start from scratch.

    However – as Gary points out – your local friendly FSDO should be able to help you figure it all out, they are, after all, there to help you.

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