Do CFIs have to train in complex aircraft?
Joshua is wondering if he’s gotten the right information about CFI requirements:
I recently obtained my multi-engine commercial license in a DA-42 Twin Star. Since I did my commercial in a complex aircraft, do I have to train in a complex single for my initial CFI? I am being told that I do, but it does not make sense since I already have a complex endorsement.
Joshua, you don’t technically have to train in a single-engine aircraft, but the Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards (pdf) require that you take at least part of the checkride in a complex aircraft: “A complex airplane must be furnished for the performance of takeoff and landing maneuvers, and appropriate emergency procedures.”
The only specific flight time requirement for any flight instructor certificate—and this comes right out of FAR 61.183(j)—is that you log 15 PIC hours in the category and class your CFI will be valid for. So, you don’t have to receive instruction in a complex airplane, but you do need to take your checkride in one.