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FI but not a CFI?

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Is it specifically stated anywhere in the FAR's or any other government-issued document or publication that expressly prohibits someone who does not hold a CFI rating from instructing or teaching, most broadly, on topics of aviation? (such as material required for flight training for a private pilot license).

I was asked to teach some middle school-age kids about the basics of private flight training, and I intend to do so. I just want to make sure I am not breaking the law since I do not have my CFI. I know several CFI's personally and I will not ask them this question because I know they will be irritated at my stealing their local business. Yes I am getting paid; though an extremely small wage compared to someone with a rating. I have had some flight training myself although I will NOT be taking any of these kids up in an airplane.

So, am I doing something illegal? If yes, is it because I am being compensated, or would it still be illegal if I did it for free? I am looking for express written documentation. I am not looking for something implied. I've looked in the FAR/AIM and can't find it, but maybe I haven't looked thoroughly enough. Input appreciated!

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  1. John D. Collins on Nov 14, 2012


    You need a CFI or Ground Instructor rating to provide required ground instruction that will count towards a pilot rating. Certain endorsements in a pilots records also require the instructor to be a CFI or hold a Certified Ground Instructor rating. With middle school students (11 to 14 years old), your class is only providing your students knowledge and it won’t count towards any requirement of obtaining a pilot rating or certificate. You aren’t taking any business from your CFI friends and they should be very supportive of your efforts. In fact, by exposing these students to flying, they are more likely to develop an interest in getting a pilots license when they are older and thus become potential future business for your CFI friends. You are breaking no law regardless if you are paid or paid well or not. Go for it and ask your CFI friends to be guest lecturers on topics and if I were asked to do this, as I have been, I would not expect any payment.

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