Find an RI for student pilot certificate
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I just completed the online application for the student pilot certificate through IACRA.  The faa literature says that I must now meet with a Recommending Instructor to complete the process, but gives no guidance on how I can make that happen.

I assume I need to find one and set this up myself, but I can't seem to find a directory of them.  They don't seem to be listed in the FAAs Designe Locator app.  Is this just any CFI or am I looking for someone with specific credentials?

Any guidance would be appreciated.

 
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AOPA Staff Answer
Hi Seth,

Any CFI will work for the purposes of processing a student pilot certificate. The easiest option would be to go to your local flight school, preferably the one you'll be training at.

AOPA has a flight school finder located here.

Another option would be to find a independent flight instructor near you. Here's the flight instructor search engine that the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has put together; Instructair . That site allows you to narrow your search down considerably, and should help you find an instructor if you don't have any schools close to you.


 
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Yes, just any old CFI will do as long as they know how to do it (not all do).
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great!  Thank you!