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CFI PTS Lesson Plans eBook (Preview)
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Spend your time flying! We've compiled all of the information required for each task in the CFI PTS (single engine) into an awesome, easy to use eBook to make your life, and checkride easier.

Use our lessons as a backbone to create your own, or go straight to work instructing from your iPad. Remember, all updates to the lessons are yours free!

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Fundamentals of Instructing

Technical Subject Areas

Preflight Preparation

Preflight Procedures

Airport Operations

  • Radio Communications and ATC Light Signals
  • Traffic Patterns
  • Airport, Runway, & Taxiway Signs, Markings, & Lighting

Takeoffs, Landings, and Go Arounds

Fundamentals of Flight

  • Straight and Level Flight
  • Level Turns
  • Straight Climbs and Climbing Turns
  • Straight Descents and Descending Turns

Performance Maneuvers

Ground Reference Maneuvers

  • Rectangular Course
  • S-Turns Across a Road
  • Turns Around a Point
  • Eights on Pylons

Slow Flights, Stalls, and Spins

Basic Instrument Maneuvers

Emergency Operations

  • Emergency Approach and Landing
  • Systems and Equipment Malfunctions
  • Emergency Equipment and Survival Gear
  • Emergency Descent

Post Flight Procedures

  • Post Flight Procedures


  • Flight Review
  • Plan of Action

Customer Reviews

Based on 44 reviews
I was having a hard time printing them.

I was having a hard time printing the lesson plan so I can use them.

Hi Jesus, send an email to and let us know where you're having problems. The lessons are Word and PDF documents so printing them should be pretty straightforward. We'll figure out the issue and help you get them printed.

Caleb Sexton
Would recommend to anyone

I was in the process of making all my CFI lesson plans and at after about 5-6 hours and getting not even a quarter done, I decided to look for CFI lesson plans online. I stumbled across The Backseat Pilot and it looked good and so I bought it for a reasonable price and it exceeded my expectations. I would recommend The Backseat Pilot to anyone!

Jermaine Kerr

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.

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!