The best helicopter CFI lesson plans available

The ultimate collection of lessons plans to help make you the best CFI possible. The complete premium CFI binder covers every subject area in the Airman Certification Standards (ACS).


What is a CFI binder?

A CFI binder is a collection of lesson plans a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) has which includes all their knowledge, notes, references, and so forth. Their CFI binder is how they teach. A properly set up CFI binder will allow a CFI to quickly prepare for any given lesson my containing condensed information on the subject at hand. This will allow the CFI to rapidly revision the subject prior to teaching it, as well as use it during a lesson.

A properly structured CFI binder will contain lesson plans that work as outlines of the lessons taught. They can therefore be relied upon during a lesson, and they can be useful to read through by student pilots after the lesson has been taught.

Professional lesson plans

Comprehensive lessons
Our lessons are designed to be comprehensive yet easy to understand.
The lessons included in the binder double as handouts to students.
Simple design
The lesson plans and all included illustrations are made with simplicity in mind.
Beautiful illustrations
Illustrations are made in-house for the best possible clarity and learning potential.

Complex made simple

The most recognized flight instructors have all found a way of making complex concepts simple. All lesson plans made by Flight First have been tested and tried in the industry for the most refined quality possible.

With technical illustrations made by our in-house graphics designer, you will be able to communicate a sophisticated idea effectively with ease

Save time

Making a CFI binder from scratch takes months of work with hundreds of hours invested in finding source material, references, re-writing texts, formatting, locating appropriate illustrations. 

Don’t reinvent the wheel. Use your time where it matters: learning to teach and growing into the role of a helicopter CFI. Instead of spending months developing your own material, instead spend that time learning the material already out there to nail the checkride.

Every subject covered extensively

Each task in the Practical Test Standards has its very own dedicated lesson plan, which has been tailored to be taught by using space efficient formatting and illustrations. Each lesson plan comes with references to help make the checkride a breeze, or to guide your students in the right direction.
pages of high-quality lesson plans
Fundamentals of Instruction
Aeromedical factors
Flight instruments
Navigation equipment
Regulations and publications
Cross-country flight planning
Principles of flight
National airspace system
Airworthiness requirements
Logbook endorsements
Preflight procedures
Airport/heliport operations
Fundamentals of flight
Maneuver lessons
Helicopter flight controls

Professional maneuver lessons

Elevate your maneuver lessons with lesson plans custom tailored for the Robinson helicopters. These lesson plans include custom, professional grade illustrations to enhance the learning experience in the classroom.
Air taxi
Slope operation
Normal takeoff
Steep approach
Level turns
Rapid deceleration
Confined area operation
Many more maneuver lessons included.

All updates free

Enjoy unlimited free updates to the CFI binder and all its included content and lesson plans. The latest version of the CFI binder will be available for download at any time through your account page.

Revision 4 out now!

Updated for the new ACS, revision 4 of the CFI binder includes 150+ new pages of content, modernization, organizational improvements, and better consistency between lesson plans.

150+ pages added

We have updated old content and added a lot of new content to better comply with the Airman Certification Standards.

Weather charts updated was updated in 2023 with a new look and new charts. We have updated our lesson plans to include the new website.

Flight planning and endorsements

Most of the changes are marked by a black bar - just like in the FAR/AIM. Endorsements have been revamped, cross-country flight planning have received an update, and more.

What our customers are saying

"This binder is incredibly well-organized, covers everything you need, and looks really nice. It's easy to find what you're looking for, and the design is pleasing to the eye. I think it's a must-have for helicopter flight instructors, whether you're just starting out or have years of experience."
Nathaniel Hebert
"I recently had the opportunity to get my hands on the binder, and I must say it exceeded my expectations. The binder's organization, comprehensive content, and practical resources make it an invaluable tool for aspiring flight instructors. It's a must-have for anyone on the path to becoming a CFI."
Zac Edwards
"This is the best set of lesson plans I have been able to find. Highly recommended for anyone looking to become a CFI!!"
Rich Noles

Order the digital version today!

Experience the ultimate convenience with the digital version of the CFI binder. You'll receive it in an unprotected PDF format, which will be accessible through your account page. The digital CFI binder is available for use on any device and can be edited to your liking.

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Grow your business with the team license

Unlock seamless collaboration with the Team license. This license permits companies and individuals to make copies of the CFI binder for their employees and students. 

Equip your team with premium instructional materials meticulously crafted to streamline teaching processes and enhance learning outcomes. Our binder offers comprehensive lesson plans, professional content, and clear visual aids, all designed to elevate your CFI training program to new heights.


Frequently asked questions

If you buy the digital version, then it will start downloading to your device the moment you finish the purchase. In addition, you will get access to download the product through your account page. You will be able to download the latest version anytime through your account page for life.

The printed version will be shipped to you through USPS, who estimates a 2 - 5 business day delivery window.
Yes, the CFI binder follows the structure of the official Airman Certification Standards s as written out by the FAA. Any subject found in the ACS is extensively covered in the CFI binder.
Definitely. There's no reason to reinvent the wheel. We all teach the FAA's material, which is what our material is based off. Making all the lesson plans by yourself is not necessary to pass the checkride or to be an effective CFI. What’s the most important is reading and understanding the material. In that way you’ll be able to apply that knowledge using the lesson plans.
Whichever lesson plans you bring with you are your own. What matters is whether or not you can effectively use the lesson plans you bring with you.
We update our lesson plans regularly with the latest information from the FAA. All contents and references are up-to-date, as we continue to improve our products. You will always have access to the latest version of the CFI binder provided you buy the digital version.
Our products are routinely discounted. We do not offer a military discount.
Definitely! You'll receive the CFI binder in an unprotected PDF, meaning you freely can print it and bind it on your own.