If there is one thing our sport needs more of it is good instructors. A good instructor must:
You can teach people how to fly and charge for the privilege.
If you are not currently a CFI for another catagory of aircraft then you must:
While getting your SP-CFI is a significant achievement don't let the requirements discourage you. The "hardest" part is the 150 hours of flying and that is the fun part. For the average Sport Pilot those 150 hours represent 3-4 years of flying. By that time you have both hours and the experience to seriously consider becoming an instructor. Introducing others to flight is a great way of paying back whoever it was that taught you how to fly.
If you are already a CFI and want to add trikes to the list of aircraft you can instruct in your requirements are much simpler. In a nutshell you must:
For more information on adding the weight-shift CFI privileges to your existing CFI certificate read our article on the subject titled "GA Transition to Trikes."
The obvious one is being able to introduce others to flying and getting paid for it. But there are some not so obvious advantages you should consider. For example, as an instructor you can turn your hobby into a small business with attractive tax advantages. You can become a part-time dealer (as the East US distributor for AirBorne we are always looking for more dealer/instructors) and earn some commission money to help pay for your flying. The bottom line is that you don't have to do much instructing or selling to pay for a year's worth of flying.
If any of the above is of interest to you and you would like know more about being a professional pilot let us know.
For more information on the advantages and requirements of becoming a SP-CFI check out the article we wrote for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) titled "Where are all the weight-shift examiners?"