The EASA Flight Instructor Certificate (FI) allows the holder to teach students towards a PPL or LAPL for remuneration. The certificate can be added to a PPL or higher level of licence. A PPL FI holder can teach the LAPL syllabus, and if they have passed the CPL Theoretical Knowledge exams they can also teach the PPL syllabus.
An applicant for an FI certificate shall:
(a) in the case of the FI(A) and FI(H):
(1) 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;
(2) have completed 20 hours of VFR cross-country flight on the appropriate aircraft category as PIC; and
(b) additionally, for the FI(A):
(1) hold at least a CPL(A); or
(2) hold at least a PPL(A) and have:
(i) met the requirements for CPL theoretical knowledge, except for an FI(A) providing training for the LAPL(A) only; and
(ii) completed at least 200 hours of flight time on aeroplanes or TMGs, of which 150 hours as PIC;
(3) 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 FCL.930.FI(a);
(4) 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;
The course consists of a combination of ground and flight tuition. During the ground training you will learn about the flying lessons you will be conducting and instructional techniques to get the best from your students. The ground tuition covers all the theory of teaching and learning, the flight briefings as well as the technical knowledge required.
During the flying training phase you will learn how to deliver the flying lessons in the air and put your knowledge and skills into practice. You will learn how to cope with a wide range of situations you will encounter as an instructor.
A pre entry flight test will need to be completed within the previous 6 months of starting the course. This pre entry test is based on the proficiency check for class and type ratings.
The F.I. Training course shall include
On completion of the course, an Instructor Assessment of Competence must be taken with the FIE.
Once an applicant has passed the assessment of competence, the FI will then have his or her privileges restricted to flight instruction under the supervision of a FI nominated by the school. The restriction means that the FI cannot authorise a student’s first solo flight or first solo cross country flight. The FI can have his or her restriction removed once they have completed at least 100 hours of instruction and supervised at least 25 student solo flights.