The Backseat Pilot Reviews

The best CFI Lesson plans around! Don't take our word for it, check out our customer's CFI, CFII, MEI and ACS lesson plans reviews. Be confident in our flight instructor lesson plans!
Based on 216 reviews
A Peerless Resource

Any CFI or aspiring CFI will benefit from this outstanding work.

Very Useful

Excellent layout and well detailed.

The whole shebang

Well organized, very helpful in creating future lesson plans.

Highly Recommended

I have had several people suggest Backseat Pilot and I liked the fact that I could see quite a bit online as samples before purchasing. It has so much great content and I can taylor to my own style. Customer service is great and quick as well.

CFI Lesson Plans
Jermaine Kerr

CFI Lesson Plans

CFI Lesson Pack - All CFI Lesson Plans (CFI, CFII, MEI)

CFII Lesson Plans
George Mathisen
A must have!

Has all the information you’ll ever need. Goes line for line straight out of the PTS.

CFI Lesson Plans
Bryan Gatlin
CFI lessons

The most inclusive lesson plans one can get. Some lessons have too much detail but they are very easy to follow.

Great Product for CFI students

I would recommend this product. You may need to add some things to the lesson plans to suit your individual style, but this provides an excellent place to start and save s a great deal of time.

CFII Lesson Plans
Daryl Thompson
CFII lesson plans

Great outline


Probably one of the most comprehensive and articulate, straightforward lesson plan sets out there. I’ve tried to make my own, and I’ve done “ok” at it, but this helped fill in any cracks in my plans. To the point where I switched over entirely. Great job, guys.

Amazing Product!

You guys are lifesavers! Fly safe!

Lesson Plans are Awesome

Great product. Wonderful work and extremely useful. Thank you so much for all the research and work accomplished! Will recommend your lesson plans to every CFI candidate.


Love it! Wish I would've known about it earlier in my training.

One of the best Investment for CFIs

Honestly the whole package is definitely worth it. Huge time saver for coming up with lesson plans and the outlines are organized with great details. Not to mention, the IFR/VFR is super handy. Easy to read and convenient

The Whole Shebang - All CFI Lessons Plans, ACS Reviews & The BSP: IFR/VFR Reference Card

Nicely organized. Covers all areas, very inclusive.

Great Lesson Plans

Great products! A lot of information. Highly recommended!

CFI lesson plans

These are a great set of lesson plans and the ability to edit them to make them your own makes it even better, highly recomnend.

CFI Lesson Plans
Hadee Al Hassanawi
Super Detailed and Perfectly Structured

I bought these lesson plans to help me with making my own. I don't plan on printing out all 700 pages for my CFI binder. But these lesson plans have helped me figure out how to structure mine properly and what information needs to be added. I go through every single section and take out any information that I feel is important enough to keep on my own lesson plans. That's why I love these. There is so much information in every single lesson plan that I can pick and choose what is important for me. The structure is in line perfectly with the CFI PTS too which helps tremendously. Every page has a hyperlink to help jump to different pages in the massive document and spend less time scrolling. I absolutely recommend these to any instructor in training and I'll definitely buy these again when I start working on my CFII and MEI.

Also keep in mind, I have not been through every single lesson plan yet so take what I say with a grain of salt. Based on other reviews from other pilots, these plans are properly fact checked. And from what I've seen, they copy a lot of the PHAK and AFH word for word and outline it in a better way with a few added details. Nevertheless, still a great value!

Excellent Lesson Plans

After creating my own CFI lesson plans for my CFI-initial, I went with Backseat Pilot for my CFII. They do all of the work keeping things up to date for you. Lots of great info. Covers everything needed for checkride and future lessons with students.

Worth it to me!

This is a highly comprehensive set of material. It goes great with my library.

great product!!!

If you are thinking of becoming a CFI, this is the only product you need. Very fair pricing and great support too. I love that they supply the material in MS Word so that you can add your own notes, images, etc to customize the lesson plans.

CFII Lesson Plans
Matthew Holt

I purchased both the CFI and the CFII notes and they are immensely useful. At the very least, they help narrow the scope of what you should study and focus on yourself, especially if you have been out of the game for awhile. Full marks