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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

Great Product!

Awesome product and a must have for new CFI applicants. Everything you could possibly want to know is laid out in an easy to view format, making it easy to teach.

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

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

Good but some tweaking required

The lesson plans are filled with some really good information. However, pictures to show the students will need to be pulled from other sources and implemented directly into the lesson plans. Also do not try downloading onto an IPad as I had issues but downloading directly to a laptop or desktop works just fine.

Thank you lots of help

Let you know more after oral

Additional Aircraft

Well done! My only critique is the Lesson Plans are based off of DA-20. You pretty much have to start over on the Aircraft Specific Lesson Plans if using something other than DA-20 when using different aircraft. Having the flexibility to choose different GA Aircraft would take your service offering to the next level.

Very informative and organized. Will use for future creation of my own lesson plans whilst referencing this. Thank you.

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

Great resource to start

It has worked well so far, giving me a good framework on which to build. Having editable documents allows easy editing and plenty of room for personal notes and updates. Thank you!


Definityely worth it. Help use it to make a few of your own but no need to remake the wheel.

CFI Lesson plans

Working on a CFI rating and these lesson plans are well done - better than the ones I was creating. Definitely worth it.

Great Starting Point!

Very solid material that should serve as a great starting point for any CFI candidate working on putting together their training materials.