Welcome Guest. Sign in or Signup

4 Answers

Freelance Flight Instruction

Asked by: 3310 views Flight Instructor

What is the best way to set up a business as a Freelance Flight Instructor?  There are so many choices to make when starting any business.  But what are the most typical types of businesses formed by independant flight instructors?  LLC or S Corporations, etc...

Ace Any FAA Written Test!
Actual FAA Questions / Free Lifetime Updates
The best explanations in the business
Fast, efficient study.
Pass Your Checkride With Confidence!
FAA Practical Test prep that reflects actual checkrides.
Any checkride: Airplane, Helicopter, Glider, etc.
Written and maintained by actual pilot examiners and master CFIs.
The World's Most Trusted eLogbook
Be Organized, Current, Professional, and Safe.
Highly customizable - for student pilots through pros.
Free Transition Service for users of other eLogs.
Our sincere thanks to pilots such as yourself who support AskACFI while helping themselves by using the awesome PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, and Android aviation apps of our sponsors.

4 Answers



  1. Matthew on Oct 26, 2012

    I might start by going to my state’s corporation commission or secretary of state’s website. Even Google would be a good start. From those resources you can usually find a search page. If you know the names of freelance instructors, they might have registered themselves or a business name. If so, the type of business would be listed.

    Every state is different, of course. In addition, each state has different registration requirements and fees. I’m not a business expert by any means, but liability is a key factor when determining which you want to register. The number of business partners also plays a part. The state’s office dealing with these issues should be experienced with this and answer questions, but they usually cannot or will not provide advise. If you want that kind of advice, there might be state or local small business association resources that provide free or fee-based information.

    I know that’s not a lot of specific information, but hopefully enough to get you pointed in the right direction. Good luck.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes



  2. Nathan Parker on Oct 26, 2012

    ” But what are the most typical types of businesses formed by independant flight instructors? LLC or S Corporations, etc…”

    Neither. Most just file as a sole proprietor. If you don’t have any partners, forming a corporation serves little purpose. The only way to protect you from liability is liability insurance.

    +1 Votes Thumb up 1 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes



  3. Matthew Waugh on Oct 28, 2012

    I concur with Nathan. There are no tax or liability advantages to setting up any kind of corporation as a sole proprietor flight instructor. If you start hiring flight instructors and renting them out, well that’s a different path. But if it’s just you providing flight instruction then no corporation will shield you from your individual liability.

    The far more important question is – where are you going to find students?

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes



  4. Cory on Nov 08, 2012

    I am looking for a freelance instructor. I have a Cessna 150 and live in the Portland Oregon area. Anyone out there?

    -1 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 1 Votes


The following terms have been auto-detected the question above and any answers or discussion provided. Click on a term to see its definition from the Dauntless Aviation JargonBuster Glossary.

Answer Question

Our sincere thanks to all who contribute constructively to this forum in answering flight training questions. If you are a flight instructor or represent a flight school / FBO offering flight instruction, you are welcome to include links to your site and related contact information as it pertains to offering local flight instruction in a specific geographic area. Additionally, direct links to FAA and related official government sources of information are welcome. However we thank you for your understanding that links to other sites or text that may be construed as explicit or implicit advertising of other business, sites, or goods/services are not permitted even if such links nominally are relevant to the question asked.