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Flight Instructors

Work Environment

Flight instructors work in classrooms and in aircraft, and they must be comfortable working with computers, machines, and people. In order to accommodate their students' schedules, many instructors hold classes in the evenings or on weekends. FAA rules limit the number of hours per day that a flight instructor can spend giving in-flight instruction; however, instructors can spend as much time as they want doing classroom work. On average, instructors work between 40 and 50 hours a week. Those who work at small schools or independently may spend part of their time teaching and part of their time doing other flying jobs to supplement their income.

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