What is a freelance flight instructor?

A freelance flight instructor is one who, rather than only teaching at a registered FTU (Flight Training Unit), also (or only) teaches you on your own airplane.

  • The benefits of using a freelance instructor are that typically the hourly rates can be a few dollars cheaper as they do not have the overhead of maintaining aircraft and buildings etc.
  • A downside to hiring a freelance instructor is that you need to have (or arrange to have) an aircraft available for your training. The instructor cannot train you in their own aircraft, or be the one to arrange for an aircraft for you.

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