The Flight Instructor Rating
The FI course requires the applicant to have either a CPL, or a PPL with more than 200 hours total time, including 150 hours in command and passes in the CPL theory examinations (Except for instructing LAPL).
In addition to this, the pilot must have 30 hours on the class of aircraft on which the course is to be taken, and of these, five must be within the preceding six months. An entry flight test with our FIC instructor must be flown.
Upon completion of the course, an assessment of competence must be taken with an approved Flight Instructor Examiner.
The course can be done over any period of time with no restriction to the number of students on each course. However it is usually condensed in to Monday – Friday over a 4-5 week period (weather permitting). It will be conducted at Elstree.
The course consists of 30 hours of flight instruction, up to 5 of these hours may be flown as mutual time with another Flight Instructor student, and 125 hours of ground school.
(The supervisory restriction can be lifted once the instructor has completed at least 100 hours of flight instruction, and has authorised 25 student solo flights.)