Flying instructors train people in the skills involved in flying one or more types of aircraft, through theoretical and practical instruction.
They demonstrate and explain basic principles of flight, such as aerial navigation, weather factors and flying regulations, both on the ground and in the air. They demonstrate the operation of aircraft and equipment in dual-controlled planes.
They observe solo flights and determine each student's readiness to take examinations for licensed ratings.
They also assist advanced students in acquiring advanced ratings such as commercial, instrument, multi-engine, and air transport ratings.