FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR COURSE FI(A)
There are several ways to make a career out of flying. Though the most commonly thought-of career option is that of a commercial airline pilot, many pilots who have received their PPL(A) or CPL(A) license might choose to train for a Flight Instructor certificate and start their career as a flight instructor.
There are many reasons pilots might choose to become flight instructors:
- To gain experience and to move on to work as a commercial airline pilot;
- Ability to work for yourself, with luck and talent business could become highly successful;
- Being a teacher – The first answer when asked what they love most about their jobs, most flight instructors give is the thrill of imparting knowledge to their students;
- Working as a flight instructor is extremely challenging;
- Flight instructors are in high demand at the moment, and are expected to remain so for many years to come;
- Teaching other people how to fly is a great way to improve your skills as a pilot, your knowledge and flight proficiency will increase every day;
- Highly respected position – Telling people that you are a flight instructor will prompt a great deal of fascination;
- As a flight instructor, you will meet many people and they all share one important similarity with you: a love of flying;
- With the current shortage of flight instructors, pay and benefits for flight instructors are rapidly going up. If you charge appropriately and are good at your job, you can make a very decent living as a full-time flight instructor;
- The most important and rewarding reason to work as a flight instructor is the opportunity to make a living as a pilot. No one would pursue a pilot’s license if they didn’t love flying, and the opportunity to actually make a living doing something you love is an opportunity not many people are lucky enough to have.
Our instructors say that this job is very rewarding and challenging!
The aim of the FI(A) course is to train pilots with the necessary flying and theoretical experience to the level required for the issue of a flight instructor license endorsement in accordance with Aircrew Regulation EU No. 1178/2011 PART.FCL and PART.ORA.
The course shall be designed for the applicant to be given adequate training in ground and flying instructional techniques based on established teaching methods.
On successful completion of the course and final test the applicants may be issued with FI(A) ratings permitting them to give flight training appropriate to the issue of a PPL(A).
- An applicant for an instructor certificate shall be at least 18 years of age.
- An applicant for an FI(A) certificate shall:
- 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 a CPL(A) or 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 airplanes or TMGs, of which 150 hours as PIC;
- Have completed at least 30 hours on single-engine piston powered airplanes 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 airports shall be made;
The course consists of theoretical and practical training.
The theoretical knowledge course is provided as modular classroom training. The course includes at least 125 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction, including at least 25 hours teaching and learning instruction. The ground training consists of all instruction given for the purpose of the course by an appointed competent person, and includes classroom lectures, long briefings, pre-flight briefing, post-flight discussion and direct study.
The FI(A) flight training course includes at least 30 hours of flight instruction on airplanes Cessna-152 and Cessna-172N., of which 25 hours shall be dual flight instruction and 5 hours may be mutual flying (that is, two applicants flying together to practice flight demonstrations).
The skill test is additional to the course training time.