Getting ready to start on my CFI, CFII and (I hope) MEI. Curious what you guys think about the advantages and disadvantages of doing the II as the initial.
Initial CFI-SE is a huge topic with the potential of a 6 hour oral.
CFII is a huge topic with the potential of a 6 hour oral.
I wouldn't want to combine the two into one super death-star checkride, but maybe that's just me.
Sorry if I was unclear. My plan is to do all 3 instructor ratings (CFI-A, CFII and MEI). I have a choice of which of the 3 I would like to do as my 'initial' instructor ride, which is the only checkride required to be with the FSDO as I understand it. All subsequent checkrides can be done with a DPE.I guess I am not quite sure of the question. Are you saying you want get just a CFII? Without looking at the regs, don't you need a category and class rating before you add an instrument rating?
Maybe I am misunderstanding.
None of my CFI rides were with a FSDO. That being said, I think the CFII was by far the easiest ride of the three.So my question is what would be the advantage / disadvantage to doing the CFII checkride first (as my initial instructor rating with the FSDO), then doing CFI-A and MEI with a DPE...afterwards.
Thanks! How does that work from a practical standpoint? With just a CFII, I assume you could just do instrument training. And it could be used in any aircraft of the same category on your commercial certificate?No, this very common.
Correct. I don't think they're many -II only instructors out there; most do it this way from a practical standpoint. Airman Flight School did the -II first, because they said from a Part 141 perspective, it required fewer hours. In some ways, the ride might be easier because it requires less physical skill and more mental.With just a CFII, I assume you could just do instrument training. And it could be used in any aircraft of the same category on your commercial certificate?
Nope. I went through the FSDO. They're not *so* bad...Am I the only one who when to the FSDO for all three instructor exams? :banghead:
I did my CFII as initial with the local FSDO in a 172 G1000 with about 250hrs on it, it failed FSDO maintenance inspection, switched to a 172 G1000 with 50hrs on it also failed inspection. That's my luck for you, but I did pass on the first time once we found a plane that was able to pass inspection.We do the CFII first, because it is easier to get a 2007 G1000 172 through the FSDO maintenance inspection than a late 60's/ early 70's model Arrow.