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Senior Flight Instructor

Apply now Department: 3670085547 Salina Dept of Aviation
Job no: 515598
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Salina, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Education / Instructional, Aviation / UAT / UAS
Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:

Kansas State University's Aerospace and Technology Campus in Salina seeks experienced Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) to join our growing team of aviation flight professionals! Senior Flight Instructors perform flight training of private pilot, instrument pilot, and commercial pilot students, ensuring consistent progress. This position is also responsible for performing introductory flights and assisting with study hall sessions.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University Salina has an award-winning professional pilot program and has more Master Certified Aviation Instructors than any other college or university in the nation. We have a premium fleet of 35 aircraft and flight training devices with a large, active regional airport only steps away from the classroom.

Students train for certifications/ratings ranging from solo through commercial on a diverse selection of aircraft starting with Cessna172s before moving on to more complex aircraft including Barons. Since the program is FAR 141 approved, students are allowed to meet the commercial instrument minimum flight hour requirement of 190 hours instead of 250 hours.

Within the program’s longstanding history at the university, K-State Salina has developed and maintained numerous industry relationships with companies like Flight Safety International, Mesa Airlines, PSA Airlines, Piedmont, and Republic Airlines. These highly valued relationships ensure a level of comfort for the companies with our students, encouraging them to continue to seek out K-State Salina's professional pilots for internships and careers.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • One year of experience as a Certified Flight Instructor
  • Must have a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate upon employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • CFI Experience of 500+ hours dual and 7+ students recommended for FAA check rides with 80% first attempt pass rate 
  • Commercial Pilot (SE, ME) 
  • Additional ratings and/or endorsements (CFII, high performance, complex, others) 
  • Detailed documentation of training records 
  • Strong support for safety practices, procedures, and culture 

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Current Resume
  2. Names and contact information for three current, professional references
  3. Copies of flight certificates required in order to be considered

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Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$40,000 - $48,000 annually. Salary offers commensurate on experience and education.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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