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Based on 278 reviews
CFII Lesson Plans
Byron More

Great, detailed information.

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CFI Lesson Plans
Todd Coleman

Very thorough package. Thanks

Great for check ride prep.

Great ACS review pack for ppl.

Great tool to have for CFI,CFII,MEI training

This is a great tool to have I’ve been using them for to build my lesson plans not only for airplanes but I’m also since I am a drone instructor it having the structure same way how CFI do it. makes it a lot easier I recommend this to everyone that’s starting off there CFI training or working on to add-on to Their CFI ticket it’s a very great tool and it just helps me organize the materials and everything I’m the reason I’m giving it five stars is because it’s a lot easier for me to organize the material research it and add my own flavor to it other than that it’s a great great product to use just beware of the typos in the grammatical errors in the CFI lesson plans that you get with this product. you might have to go in and fix them rewrite them or whatever it’s up to you it’s up to your decision but I recommend everyone to get this this is a great product and I think everyone should use it

It has been very helpful so far!

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CFII Lesson Plans
Mary Schubert

The content is good, but the layout is awful and hard to organize. I was hoping it wouldn't be just one huge document/slide show and instead the subjects would be individually organized. I feel like using this has made more work for me.

Hi Mary, I'm sorry to hear you're having issues with the layout. I completely agree that one huge document without any organization or navigation would be extremely frustrating. The good news is that the navigation that’s built into all our documents does exactly what you're hoping for and organizes the lessons by subject as shown in the PTS.

There are a few reasons why the products are delivered as a single document. First, it eliminates having dozens and dozens of individual lesson plan and PowerPoint files on your computer (between the CFI, CFII and MEI you'd be sifting through well over 200 folders and files). Second, it allows the documents to be more dynamic, linking content between different lessons. And third, we can create navigation that makes it just as easy, if not easier, to access the lessons needed. On top of that, the navigation works in just about any program/app, including Word, Adobe, ForeFlight, GoodReader, and Books.

To open the navigation in Word, select the View Tab, and then select Navigation Pane in the box labeled Show. In Adobe, from the View menu, select Navigation Panes and then Bookmarks. In the different apps on your iPad use the navigation icon (placement varies). You can also find this information on page 2 of the lesson plans, and with more details/pictures on our website under FAQ & Info > eBook Info.

As for the PowerPoints, the navigation doesn’t work quite the same way, but the instructions are also on slide 2 of the document.

Again, a single huge document with no navigation would be unacceptable and unusable, so I totally understand your frustration. The navigation should make the documents a whole lot easier to use! Send an email over to if you’re having more issues or need any more details. Happy to help!

Great Starting Point

This information and power point presentations are a great starting point for CFI lessons. It gets all of the necessary figures on words on the screen. Then it allows you to modify the content for your needs as an instructor. Some little quirks to it, but overall I am impressed with the information and help.

Thanks Braxton! We're always trying to improve the lessons, even the little quirks. Feel free to send anything like that over to and we'll see if we can't get it cleaned up for you. Thanks again!

Amazing product

As a CFI this product has helped me provide next level instruction to my students. Worth every penny!

CFI Lesson Plans
Yankele Friedman
Dint appreciate this purchase at all

Made a mistake buying it.

Great deal

Information provided for this package was insane! Well worth every penny

CFII Lesson Plans
Christa Griffin
Great information

Enough info to get an instrument refresher as well. Well put together, well thought out. Good graphics too. I will use these!

This combo is great!!!

Amazing job guys!!!

Thanks, Leandro! Really glad to hear that the content is working out for you.

A good starting point

I was very impressed with the CFI lesson plans. they felt very detailed and complete. The CFII lesson plans are good but seem to have an illogical order to them and are missing some information that is required in the PTS in a few places. These seem to be a great reference when creating your own lesson plans but not necessarily a complete package like the CFI lesson plans.

Hi Cade. Thank you for the input! It's always appreciated.

The points you make hit on a couple of my favorite features of the lesson plans. First, the lessons follow the order and layout of the CFII PTS. From there, each lesson is built to include the information required in the PTS, but often times it's reorganized to flow more logically. Of course, the teaching style that works for us may not work for you, which is the primary reason the lessons are delivered as PDFs as well as Word documents. If the layout doesn't suit your teaching style you're totally free to move content around to better fit your needs.

Outside of this, if you do come across something that just doesn't make sense, or, more importantly, if you come across missing information we encourage everyone to send an email to Being a very small company, every email we get is read and responded to. I like to think that the majority of the time I can direct you to where the information is located, but in the case the information is actually missing we'll get the lessons updated and uploaded to your account where you can access them whenever you need (free updates for life).

Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts. If you've got a little more time, please shoot an email over to with your concerns and I'll make sure they get addressed!

As advertised

Very nice! Saved me tons of work.

CFI Lesson Plans
Thomas Linden

CFI Lesson Plans

CFII Lesson Plans
Eric Chumbley

Saved me HOURS of prep for CFI. Great thing is the lessons really stick to what the FAA publishes, so nobody can really fault them. Already using them as I begin CFII. Beside getting me ready to teach, they are also great for study by themselves.

CFII Lesson Plans
T. Kershaw

Awesome product

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Seems to be good

I was looking for lesson plans for stage checks and mock checks. This seems to be a good resource. However, it would be great if the main ideas and important areas were somehow highlighted. Also, I would add some stages, like pre-solo and solo xc for PPL. The addition of some scenarios and examples of questions would be also awesome.

I had my CFI reinstated

I looked at CFI lesson plans on line. Backseat Pilot lesson plans are everything that you will need. I really liked that they included hyperlinks to every FAA handbook and manual needed.

A Handy Card to Keep Your Regulations Straight

This card is great to keep on your knee board. Whether you struggle with remembering light gun signals or cloud clearance requirements, it has everything you need to stay safe and legal when you fly.