CFI-A Lesson Plans (ACS)

Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans are designed around the newly-published CFI Airplane Airman Certification Standards (ACS), dated November 2023, effective May 31st, 2024 (FAA-S-ACS-25). These lessons were originally prepared between December 2019 and March 2020 for the CFI-A PTS (Change 6), however they have been updated to conform to the CFI-A ACS. Please feel free to use these as you like. Nearly all of the images contained within are from FAA publications or are of my own creation, so they should be safe to distribute.

If you are looking for the older PTS versions of these lesson plans, they can still be found here.

These PDF lesson plans will always be free. Fully editiable (MS Word) versions of these lesson plans are available here for a small fee.

Area I - Fundamentals of Instructing

Human Behavior, Effective Communication, The Learning Process, and more.

Area II - Technical Subject Areas

Technical subjects like the Fundamentals of Flight (Aerodynamics), Aeromedical Factors, and Aircraft Systems.

Area III - Preflight Preparation

Lessons on preflight planning, including airworthiness, weather, and pilot qualifications.

Area IV - Preflight Lesson on a Maneuver to be Performed in Flight

Delivering a preflight lesson on a maneuver to be performed in flight.

Area V - Preflight Procedures

Lessons on preflight inspection, taxiing, and runup procedures.

Area VI - Airport Operations

Lessons on Airport Traffic Patterns, Airport Signs and Markings, and working with ATC.

Area VII - Takeoffs, Landings, and Go-Arounds

Lessons on Normal, Crosswind, Soft and Short-Field Takeoffs and Landings.

Area VIII - Fundamentals of Flight

Lessons on the basics of flight: straight-and-level, turns, climbs, and descents.

Area IX - Performance and Ground Reference Maneuvers

Maneuvers such as Steep Turns, Chandelles, and Lazy Eights, as well as S-Turns, Turns Around a Point, and Eights on Pylons.

Area X - Slow Flight, Stalls, and Spins

Lessons on slow flight, and various kinds of stalls.

Area XI - Basic Instrument Maneuvers

Basic Instrument Maneuvers, including straight-and-level, turns, and recovery from unusual attitudes.

Area XII - Emergency Operations

Lessons on emergency (forced) landings, systems and equipment malfunctions, and more.

Area XIV - Postflight Procedures

A lesson plan on tiedown and Securing after flight.