Training Overview

You are a Commercial rated pilot who wants to make it to the airlines as quickly as possible. But that requires 1,500 PIC hours, and time building can be expensive. Stop paying for your flight hours and get paid to build hours.


We want to help you on your aviation journey. We can’t help you unless you take the first step and make an investment in yourself. CONTACT CRAFT now to start your CFI training.

Learn how to instruct from the right seat




  • 10-12 Days
  • One-on-one or 2 students max.
  • 50+ hours of classroom instruction
    • Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI)
    • Flight Instructor Aeronautical Knowledge
    • Appropriate FARs
    • Develop and deliver Lesson plans
  • Redbird FMX AATD Simulator instruction
  • Dual Flight Instruction in our DA40 – up to 14 hours*
  • Aircraft rental for checkride
  • Basic and advanced maneuvers from right seat
  • Training Materials

*Contact us for a quote if you’d like to bring your own plane.


  • Upgrade to the DA40NG (with A/C) for an additional $400.
  • Affordable off-campus housing is available within 5-10 minute drive from CRAFT. We offer hotel discounts!
  • We offer additional options for Bring Your Own Plane (BYOP).
  • Attend with your friends and save!

There may be opportunities to work at CRAFT after your get your CFI rating – Contact Us today to schedule an interview.


This is a fast-paced course. We cannot emphasize enough that you must come prepared. If more training is needed, standard school rates for aircraft rentals and instructors will apply. If you don’t meet all the prerequisites, please CONTACT CRAFT to schedule any remedial training prior to the class start date.
  • FAA Single Engine Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Valid FAA Medical Certificate
  • Flight Instructor Airplane (FIA) Knowledge Test Completed
  • Fundamentals of Instructions (FOI) Knowledge Test Completed
  • Spin Certification
  • Proficient in Private and Commercial maneuvers (stalls, steep turns, chandelles, Lazy 8s, etc.)

*Students who are interested but do not meet the above prerequisites should CONTACT CRAFT for a tailored quote. Prerequisites listed pertain to the Accelerated course.

  • CFI initial examiner cost by DPE, $1400
  • Spin Certification

For an additional $4,950, bundle your CFI and CFI-I and save $$$! For more details on the CFI-I course, check out this page. The courses are run sequentially, so add 4 days to your trip and knock them both out!

Financing & Scholarship Options

Worried about how you are going to pay for flight training? Luckily there are several financing and scholarship options. Financing all or some of the training can take the burden off of the student, giving them peace of mind and the motivation they need to complete their training!

Gift Certificates Available

Know someone that has always wanted to fly, but hasn’t been able to get started? Gift certificates are a great way to help friends and family jump start achieving their aviation goals! They can be used for flight training, instruction, simulator time, books and headsets. Contact us above to find out more!

Ready to Get Started?

CRAFT is located at the Atlantic FBO complex at Charleston International Airport (KCHS).

6060 S. Aviation Ave Suite 109
N. Charleston, SC 29406   

Our office is open 9AM-5PM Mon-Sat for walk-in inquiries.  However, for the best customer service, please call or email to schedule an in-person appointment. 843-800-6498

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Training Hours

Monday - Saturday
9am - 5pm

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