Life as a Flight Instructor at a Large Part 141 Helicopter Flight School

My first pilot job, like many fresh pilots in the United States, was as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). Back when I was first hooked on flying helicopters, I did thorough research to find the steps I wanted to take to achieve my goal of making a career as a helicopter pilot. The end goal was to be either a utility pilot or emergency medical service pilot. Figuring out how to get there was the challenge.

Already having my Private Pilot Certificate for Airplane Single-Engine-Land, I was familiar with the common order of certificates to achieve: Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI, and CFI-Instrument (CFII). A few of these can be done in a different order, but this is the order I chose, and I had funding squared away.