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FI(A) Flight Instructor

The aim of the course:

The aim of this course is to give adequate training to FI applicant in theoretical and flying instructional techniques to the level of competence as defined in Part-FCL. On successful completion of the course the applicant will be issued a FI (A) restricted rating, permitting the holder to perform flight training appropriate for the issue of a PPL (A) or LAPL(A) .

Pre-entry requirements

An applicant for FI (A) shall be at least 18 years of age, hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate and shall:

  • hold at least a CPL(A); or
  • hold at least a PPL(A) and have:
    - met the requirements for CPL theoretical knowledge, except for an FI(A) providing training for the LAPL(A) only; and
    - completed at least 200 hours of flight time on aeroplanes or TMGs, of which 150 hours as PIC;
  • have completed at least 30 hours on single-engine piston powered aeroplanes of which at least 5 hours shall have been completed during the 6 months preceding the pre-entry flight test set out in FCL.930.FI(a);
  • have completed a VFR cross-country flight as PIC, including a flight of at least 540 km (300 NM) in the course of which full stop landings at 2 different aerodromes shall be made;
  • have received at least 10 hours of instrument flight instruction on the appropriate aircraft category, of which not more than 5 hours may be instrument ground time in an FSTD;
  • have completed 20 hours of VFR cross-country flight on the appropriate aircraft category as PIC and
    - hold at least the licence and, where relevant, the rating for which flight instruction is to be given;

Except in the case of the flight test instructor, have:

  • completed at least 15 hours of flight as a pilot on the class or type of aircraft on which flight instruction is to be given, of which a maximum of 7 hours may be in an FSTD representing the class or type of aircraft, if applicable; or
  • passed an assessment of competence for the relevant category of instructor on that class or type of aircraft;
    - be entitled to act as PIC on the aircraft during such flight instruction.

Training Syllabi

The FI training course shall include:
  • 25 hours of teaching and learning;
  • at least 100 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction, including progress tests;

The Theoretical Knowledge Instruction shall not exceed (3) months.

  • at least 30 hours of flight instruction, of which 25 hours shall be dual flight instruction, of which 5 hours may be conducted in an FFS, an FNPT I or II or an FTD 2/3; The flight training duration shall not exceed (12) months.

When applying for an FI certificate in another category of aircraft, pilots holding or having held:

  • an FI(A), (H) or (As) shall be credited with 55 hours towards the requirement in (b)(2)(i) or with 18 hours towards the requirements in (b)(2)(ii) of FCL.930.FI
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