The Backseat Pilot Reviews

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Based on 147 reviews
The Whole Shebang

I was an Instructor in the military. I took the MCI to obtain my CFII/MEI. I have zero experience instructing in the civilian world, and this product covers every FAA manual, CFR and Advisory Circular. Still reading through it, but with a few minor grammatical errors and just a couple of incorrect CFR references (we're only human!), I love this product. Definitely recommend!

Great stuff

Ordered to prepare com. And cfis great content so far teally appreciate the products.


I recently purchased the lesson plans and they are amazing. They are very thorough and detailed. It really allows me to save time and add/delete what I need to customize them for my needs. Thank you for the great product!!

Excellent customer service and great value


I used your CFI Lesson Plans while preparing for my CFI check ride and am now using them with my students. I recently purchased your CFII lesson plans as I prepare for my next check ride.

I’ve seen feedback in other reviews regarding spelling errors, desire for more detailed information, etc., but did not find this to be an issue. For me, the lesson plans provided structure and sufficient detail, which I built upon as I made them my own with additional content.

Your customer support is outstanding and I appreciated your prompt response to my inquiries.

Some aspects are a little lacking. Specifically runway incursions are not defined up front in the cfi lesson plan. Also there are spelling and grammar errors.

Exactly the help I needed 👍🏻👍🏻

They are derived from the PTS, but expand further into the PHAK, FAR AIM etc. Presented in a format that easy to tailor to your own needs.

Extremely thorough and well researched!

CFI Lesson Plans

Perfect for CFI checkride prep and teaching from!

I I have not had the time to see if it’s any good or not

I have not had the time to see if it’s any good or not


I feel confident I'll be able to provide quality, comprehensive instruction with these lesson plan outlines.

Whole Shebang Review

Material is well laid out for each lesson area. Really easy to use and edit as needed for additional information to teach from. Overall very impressive products. Would highly recommend and encourage you to use this for your instructional needs.

Good quick reference

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

So much information!!!!

I have to say it is the most comprehensive bundle I’ve ever seen. Using the format of the ACS/PTS and just embellishing all the details and points to be covered is a great strategy. The only negative is that it is so much information it seems overwhelming. But that’s not your fault. ;-)...

Extremely Thorough Content

As a Helicopter CFII working on my ASEL add-on I was blown away by the attention to detail put into these documents. I have created my own curriculum for helicopters, but will definitely be using these for my airplane lessons once I complete my CFII add-ons.

Works great. Alot of info.

The Lesson Plans have alot of information and the ACS are excellent. It goes through in depth each area.

privet vs commercial

make 2 different sets of lesson plans for a privet pilot and a commercial pilot
and i would like to see more on aerodynamics and aircraft systems . like taking about the consent speed prop . but otherwise these lessons are grate

Great, follows the PTS exactly

The DPE i went with is strictly a scenario based DPE, so I didn’t wanna spend too much time on creating my own lesson plans. I bought backseat pilot’s lesson plan. It worked for me as it follows the PTS exactly, and on the day of my checkride was a great source along with my FAA PHAK & FAA AFM. Make sure to re-write the speeds and etc for your type aircraft.

Time Saver

Lessons are very in depth. You can highlight pertinent information and the if you are asked to explain further, all of the information is on the page.

Great customer service! Update to previous review

Based on the comment in my previous review that the card I received had black smudges, I got a prompt response indicating that they would replace the one I received. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a way for me to revise my previous review, but I really appreciate the great service!

Great idea but not great quality

I love the concept and the information on the card, but mine arrived with black smudges making parts of it unreadable. At least it wasn’t overly expensive.

Hey Brian, even though the reference card wasn't overly expensive, it still should show up new and usable! I'll have a new card in the mail for you today. We make a point to check each of the cards before shipping so I'm not sure where the smudges came from, but if you have any issues in the future shoot a quick email over to and we'll take care of it!

CFII Lesson Plans

Pretty good

Well worth the money. There are some spelling issues throughout but a quick look over will make it good. They are lacking pictures but not bad for the money