Flight Instructor Training

Central Flight Training offers a complete range of Flight Instructor Courses (FIC) beginning from the Flight Instructor (Restricted) Certificate, through to FIC Instructor training. Central Flight Training can offer Flight Instructor upgrade courses to remove all associated restrictions and extend instructional privileges.

The Flight Instructor Course covers techniques of flight and ground instruction for all the airborne exercises in the appropriate syllabus, pre-flight and long briefing techniques, presenting and teaching & learning theory.

Training is conducted five days per week (weekends by arrangement) during airfield licensed hours, and the entire course is flown from our base airfield at Tatenhill, Staffordshire. CFT currently has a 100% first time pass rate for flight instructor courses.

Flight Instructor (Restricted) Certificate

The FI(R) 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 at least the CPL theory examinations. In addition to this, the pilot must have at least 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.

The course consists of 30 hours of flight instruction with an approved FIC Instructor (up to 5 of these may be flown as mutual time with another Flight Instructor student), and at least 125 hours of groundschool. Upon completion of the course, an assessment of competence must be taken with an approved Flight Instructor Examiner, usually from our base airfield.

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.

 FI Night Instruction Privileges

To allow the FI to teach for the issue of a night rating, the privilege must be endorsed on the FI’s instructor certificate. The course can be completed while the supervisory restriction is still in place.

The course requires a training flight at night with an approved FIC Instructor, and two hours of groundschool. Upon completion, a recommendation is required for the addition of night instruction privileges.

The night instruction training can be integrated into the Flight Instructor (Restricted) training course should this be required, subject to operational limitations.

 IMC & Instrument Rating Instructor Certificate

The flight instructor may wish to conduct training for the issue of an Instrument rating, or Instrument Rating(Restricted). In order to do this, the unrestricted instructor must meet the experience requirements laid down in the Aircrew Regulation (unless the FI wishes to teach for the IR(R)/IMC Rating only, in which case the experience requirements are reduced to just 10 hours of flight by sole reference to instruments for UK licence holders), hold at least the qualification for which instruction is to be given and complete a course of applied instrument instruction techniques.

The course consists of 10 hours of flight instruction with an approved FIC instructor and 35 hours of groundschool for a stand alone course – this is reduced to 5 hours of flight instruction and 10 hours of ground instruction for the holder of a FI(A). Upon course completion, a test must be passed with an approved Flight Instructor Examiner, usually at our Midlands base airfield.

FI Aerobatics Instruction Privileges

Should the instructor wish to teach aerobatic flight, aerobatics instruction privileges must be endorsed on his/her certificate. This addition can also be made while the supervisory restriction is in place; however the candidate must be the holder of an aerobatic rating.

An assessment by an approved FIC Instructor is required for the addition of aerobatic instruction. Under EASA there is no mandatory training before this assessment but suitable training with one of our aerobatic/FIC instructors is available.

Multi Engine Class Rating Instructor Certificate

The Flight Instructor can add Multi Engine privileges to an FI certificate, or the Multi Engine Class Rating Instructor Certificate can be taken as a standalone qualification. To add Multi Engine privileges to an Flight Instructor certificate, a course of 5 hours flight instruction with an approved FIC Instructor and 10 hours of groundschool must be completed, followed by an assessment of competence with an approved Flight Instructor Examiner, usually from our base airfield in the Midlands.

The standalone Multi Engine Class Rating Instructor Certificate requires the same 5 hours of flight training with an approved FIC instructor with a groundschool requirement of 35 hours. Upon completion, an assessment of competence with an approved Flight Instructor Examiner is required.

We can conduct a Flight Instructor training course on a full or part time basis to suit your individual needs. For current prices, please Click Here.

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