The Backseat Pilot Reviews

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Based on 192 reviews

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

Centralized Information

I chose the backseat pilot because it was recommended among instructors down in here in the Socal basin. Upon doing my research I’ve found that the lessons are packed with information, but its very very wordy and would not be used for the check ride by itself. Overall great information that helps build a foundation for building more bite size lesson plans.

Hi Justin, you'll be happy to hear that a more condensed, 'cliff notes' version of the lessons is currently in the works. Once complete, they'll be added to your account and included with future downloads!


I used the CFI plans on my initial checkride and they were SUPER helpful. I'm rolling straight into CFII and will continue to use BSP. I had purchased lesson plans for more from another company prior to seeing these, and was thoroughly disappointed with what I got. BSP all the way

Wonderful Pilot Gift

These make perfect gifts for newer or rusty IFR and/or VFR students:)

omitted an Important topic from Assessment and Critique chap from F.O.I

The first chapter after purchasing i was studying it was missing important topics like (Maneuver or Procedure "Grades" & Assessing Risk Managements Skills). I cant rely on it Blind folded, I have to review every thing cant afford to fail because of missing topics

Hi Faizanali, I'm having trouble figuring out what you're referring to. The Assessment and Critique requirements (Lesson I.D.) don't mention Maneuver or Procedure Grades or Assessing Risk Management Skills. If you can send an email to and let me know where you're seeing these requirements I'm sure we can clear it up! We work very hard to ensure each lessons is current and accurate.

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Great study material

I’m loving the CFI materials. My only suggestion would be to have an option for a standard Cessna 172 in the lesson plans instead of using a Diamond as a default, since the 172 is the most popular trainer out there.

Excellent quality. Well thought out and easy to read.

The whole shebang

Lesson plans are great and in depth!

Exactly what I was looking for

A ton of information, incredibly useful in building my own unique lesson plans. Very happy i purchased these lessons!


Section 1.B page 4, item 4 B(i) and (i) (a) for example. Two typos in the bottom section alone. (Just the page I’m currently on)
Also it would be great if stuff that isn’t in the PTS is consistently labeled as such. Sometimes it says “not in PTS” sometimes it doesn’t.
Overall a good product though.

Hi Jerome, thanks for taking the time to pass on the info. The corrections have been made and the new documents have been uploaded! Don't hesitate to send an email to if you notice anything that doesn't look right going forward. Great advice on labeling the PTS information as well. That will be a focus going forward. Thanks again!



Good product, very helpful

Valuable resource in preparation for CFI

Amazing customer service

Money well spent. They are a bit too long but that way you know you aren’t missing anything.

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, Laura! A condensed version is currently in the works, and will be included free of charge along with the full lesson plans.

CFI Lesson Plans

well done

It was perfect!

My son is going to school to be a commercial air line pilot. He has his personal pilot license and is moving forward. He said they were perfect and he was so happy to have them.

Great Outline

Good lesson plans that follow the PTS for the CFI checkride. Had to do a touch of editing but well worth the money

Great lesson plans

I’m a long time cfi with old, handwritten lesson plans and recently switched over to your awesome lesson plans! Very well done!

CFII Lesson Plans

Money well spent!

I spent at least two weeks trying to put together my own thorough lesson plans. A fellow CFI showed me backseat pilots lesson plans. The whole shebang for $100 was a no brainer and it's updated for life!
The only disadvantage to me is I want to print it up! Great product backseatpilot!

The material is over the top and not even realistic to everyday life

Great package deal

I love my CFI training PDFs. Its well organized and explains everything so well and its helping me make a good CFI binder.

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