Instructor Rating


After obtaining a commercial licence, many pilots then work obtain their Instructor Rating. This enables them to teach other students and is the most common way for new pilots to build their flying experience while being paid.

There are different levels of instructor ratings. Category A, B and C. Category C (or C-Cat) is the first.

C-Cat instructors will be under the direct supervision of an A or B-Cat instructor, until they have obtained at least 100 hours of instructing.

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Flight instructors need a sound knowledge of basic aerodynamics in order to teach a student to fly.
Students will regularly ask their instructor questions, ranging from 'why do propeller blades have a twist?', to 'why do some aircraft wings sweep back, and others don't?'.
As an instructor we need to be able to answer as many questions as possible.

Teaching standards are set by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). To see their Flight Instructor Guide, CLICK HERE.

During your training you would study either or both of the books below. Your instructor will cover most of the content with you in detail during your training, however much of a lot of your training will require a lot of self-study.
The Mechanics of Flight book can be purchase online at, and the Principles of Flight can be purchased here

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