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Becoming a Flight Instructor After Retirement

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Im going to be retiring in about 4 years at age 57. I am a private pilot and finishing up on my instrument rating. My plans are to get my commercial and CFI ratings. Is it realistic to go into instructing at that age? I love aviation and not a day goes by that I dont look into sky and wonder like when I was a little boy. But is it realistic?  Do you also have anhy advice?

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  1. Wesley Beard on Dec 20, 2010

    It is absolutely realistic.  Some of the best instructors I have worked with are older gentlemen / ladies.  It is not so much that there are superior at the knowledge and proficiency of the airplane than younger pilots but they understand human nature better and can relate what they are teaching to life experiences to make the knowledge transfer better to their students.
     
    I admire your desire to become an instructor.  We need more instructors who want to be an instructor and not just see it as a stepping stone for a better job.

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  2. Brian on Dec 20, 2010

    +2 For Wesley. I would also add that anyone who is working out of pure enjoyment will almost always be a joy to work with.
     
    You’re looking at a career flight instructor Wesley. Though as of yet I’m uncertain if this is a scary or good thing. 😐

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  3. Matthew Hammer on Dec 24, 2010

    It’s completely realistic. I know some flight instructors in their 80’s. Some of the best pilots I know, as a matter of fact…
     
    My advice is simply “Go for it!”

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