Certified Flight Instructor Program (CFI)

As a new Commercial pilot, the most important next-step in your career, is to build flight hours through ULA’s Certified Flight Instructor Program.  As a CFI you can do just that – gain flight hours.  As you train new pilots, you build valuable flight hours, while being compensated for your time.

Certified Flight Instructor in a cockpit, with a student pilot.

Certificate Program: 30 days and 3 – 30 Flight Hours

The CFI Program Prerequisites:

Private Pilot Certificate;
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate; and
Certified Flight Instructor Certificate.

Time Received:

  • 180 Hours Dual VFR Flight Training;
  • 5 Hours Dual IFR Flight Training;
  • 15 Solo / Supervised Solo;
  • 113 Hours Ground Instruction; and
  • 100 Hour Pre- and Post- Flight Briefing Instruction.


The Certified Flight Instructor Program is designed to train a student pilot from their beginning initial flight through completion of their Certified Flight Instructor certificate. Upper Limit Aviation’s CFI Program is designed to prepare students to pass both their written and practical FAA examinations through their private pilot, commercial and certified flight instructor certificates.

The CFI Program teaches student pilots how to fly and then helps beginning instructors understand and apply the fundamentals of instruction. The CFI Program prepares student pilots for initial entry-level jobs in the industry.

Included in the Certified Flight Instructor Program

Part I – Introduction to High Altitude Flying
: With the majority of flight time occurring above 5000ft density altitude (DA), students learn how to determine DA and how high-DA’s will affect helicopter performance. Various flight characteristics and weight-and-balance considerations are studied. Training includes extensive practice of run-on landings, auto-rotations, low rotor RPM, and max performance takeoffs.
Part II – The Mountain Environment
: Students learn about how mountain terrain affects environmental conditions.  Students are trained in the reconnaissance techniques, as well as, procedures for performing pinnacle and confined area operations at high altitude.

Common Courses

  • Aviation Orientation
  • Private Pilot Airplane
  • Instrument Airplane
  • Commercial Pilot Airplane
  • Certified Flight Instructor Airplane
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Airplane
  • Air Transportation
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Fixed-Wing SEL Private Pilot Solo Lab
  • Fixed Wing-SEL Private Pilot Certification Lab
  • Fixed-Wing Private Pilot Ground School
  • Fixed-Wing MEL Private Pilot Add-On Lab
  • Certified Flight Instructor Ground School
  • CFI Instrument Ground School


Upper Limit Aviation has developed unique partnerships with institutions of higher learning.

ULA provides aspiring student pilots an opportunity to attend flight school while earning either an Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of General Studies, of Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies.  This not only enhances a career in aviation but also provides students with a broad knowledge base for lifelong employment and career advancement possibilities.