FI(A) - Flight instructor rating

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The course is designed for the applicant to be given adequate training in theoretical knowledge and flying instructional techniques based upon established teaching methods. On successful completion of the course and final test the applicant may be issued with a FI(A) rating permitting the holder to give flight training appropriate to the issue of a PPL(A) or a CPL(A) or a single-engine class rating and a night qualification.


  • 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;
  • hold at least a CPL(A); or
  • hold at least a PPL(A) and have:
    (i) except for an FI(A) providing training for the LAPL(A) only, passed the CPL theoretical knowledge examination, which may be taken without completing a CPL theoretical knowledge training course and which shall not be valid for the issue of a CPL; and
    (ii) 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 point 10 below;
  • 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 a valid class or type rating of airplane on which training will be conducted and be entitled to act as PIC in the aircraft;
  • completed at least 15 hours of flight time as pilots of 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;
  • must be at least 18 years.
  • shall have passed a specific pre-entry flight test with an FI qualified in accordance with FCL.905.FI(j) within the 6 months preceding the start of the course, to assess their ability to undertake the course. This pre-entry flight test shall be based on the proficiency check for class and type ratings as set out in Appendix 9 to this Part.
Description Time / Hours
Practical Flying Training
FI(A) theory learning
Assessment of Competence