Flight Instructor Rating
The holder of an FI(R) Rating may give flight instruction to students training for a PPL, although there are certain restrictions regarding the authorisation of solo flight and cross country flying. These restrictions are removed when the full Flight Instructor’s rating is gained.
The FI (R) course is designed to train a pilot to be an Instructor capable of teaching a person to qualify for issue of a Private Pilot’s Licence.
EASA-FCL 915 FI and 930 FI state pre-entry requirements to commence an approved course of training for the issue of an EASA-FCL FI (R) rating. Applicants shall hold a valid UK or EASA-FCL aeroplane pilot’s licence which includes a valid single engine piston (land) class or single engine type or TMG rating and:
- Hold at least a CPL (A) or completed at least 200 hours of flight time, of which 150 hours shall be as a pilot in command if holding a PPL (A);
- Meet the knowledge requirements for a CPL (A);
- Have completed at least 30 hours on single-engine piston powered aeroplanes of which at least five hours shall have been completed during the six months preceding the pre-entry flight tests set out at sub-paragraph (6);
- Have received at least 10 hours instrument flight instruction, of which not more than 5 hours may be instrument ground time in an FSTD;
- Have completed at least 20 hours of VFR cross country flight as pilot in command, including a flight of not less than 300NM with stops at two aerodromes other than the airfield of departure; and
- Have passed a specific pre-entry flight test with an FIE or FIC within the six months preceding the start of the course. The flight test will be based on the PPL Skill Test and will assess the ability of the applicant to undertake the course particularly with regard to aeroplane handling skills.
- 125 hours ground instruction;
- 30 hours (minimum) flight instruction comprising not less than 25 hours dual and a maximum of 5 hours teaching practice;
- The course may include the qualification to instruct at night.
Flight instruction is carried out on a C152, but a PA28 may also be used. However, spinning will require the use of the C152.
Course times can be arranged to suit your needs.
As with all other courses, please contact us should you have any questions, or better still arrange a visit to speak to a senior instructor to discuss your flying needs.
Further Instructor Courses
After you have had your FI restriction removed, we can also offer the following FI courses:
- Multi-engine piston (MEP)
- Class Rating Instructor (CRI) (both multi-engine and single engine)
- Instrument Rating Instructor (IRI)
- FIC Instructor
Hold an FI (R) or an FI rating with a night qualification.
- 1 hour flying
- 2 hours ground studies
- Hold a valid IR(R) and an unrestricted FI rating;
- Completed at least 10 hours flight time by sole reference to instruments in an aeroplane, Full Flight simulator, Flight Training Device (FTD) 2/3 or Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer (FNPT)II.
- Comprises at least 5 hours of flight instruction in an aeroplane with an IRI and has passed the Assessment of Competence
- Training can be carried out in a PA28 or a C152
Multi-Engine Piston Instructor
- Hold a valid single pilot Multi-Engine Piston (Land) Class or Type Rating;
- To have completed 30 hours as Pilot in Command on an applicable type or class of aeroplane
- To qualify for issue of the CRI M/E rating, you must have at least 500 hours flight time as a pilot of aeroplanes.
- A minimum of 5 hours flight instruction
- 10 hours ground instruction for an FI(A)
- Hold an EASA Part FCL Aerobatic Rating;
- Hold a valid FI (A) or CRI (A) rating, or completed the basic flying instructor course.
EASA Part FCL 905.FI does not specify a course to gain an aerobatic instructor rating. It only requires an assessment of a candidate’s competence by an FIE. Assessment of whether training in aerobatic instruction is necessary before a pilot undergoes a flight assessmetnt is a matter of judgement by the Head of Training. Any such requirement is unlikely to exceed the previous LASORS requirement of five hours flying and eight hours ground instruction.
See CAA Standards Document 10, Appendix 2.
500 flying hours’ instructional experience.
To train an FI to enable them to train Flight Instructors.
- 2 hours flying
- 20 hours ground studies
- Depending upon experience, ground study may be less than 25 hours