FI (A) – Flight Instructor Rating


The Flight Instructor license allows individuals to provide theoretical and practical training for future pilots obtaining PPL(A) and CPL(A) lecences.


  • First class medical certificate
  • Valid CPL(A) licence or PPL(A) with total flight time no less than 200 hours consisting of:
    • 150 or more hours as a pilot-in-command;
    • No less than 30 hours (minimum 5 hours within the last 6 months) in SEP Class airplane;
    • Pilot-in-Command on route with SEP Class airplane – no less than 20 hours (at least one leg distance, not less than 540 km (300 nm));
    • Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) experience – no less than 10 hours.

 Ground Training

125 lesson hours of classroom instruction of the subjects:

–   the learning discourse
–   the process of a lesson
–   basics of training
–   applied learning methods on theory and practise
–   development of training program
–   human performance with respect to flight training
–   dangers simulating breakdowns during flight training
–   night rating

Flight Training

30 flight lessons on an one-engine aircraft, 25 hours of which have to be flown together with an apprenticeable FI instructor, including 5 exceptional flight conditions on an aerobatic aircraft.
5 flight lessons being part of a team with another applicant for FI(A)

The applicant is flying the aircraft sitting on the right-hand-side, the FI-I is simulating the student pilot.


Theoretical training takes about 3 weeks. Overall ground training and flight training may take about 2 months including CAA examination and may vary depending on weather conditions.

CAA Examination

1 theory examination and 1 practical examination with certified CAA examiner

Be aware of

Your rating will be valid for 3 years from the date of issue and must be renewed by any of theTWO of the following methods:

Completing a flight test with a CAA approved Flight Instructor Examiner in the proceeding 12 months before expiry.

Complete 100 instructional hours, 30 in the last 12 months of rating validity.

Attending a CAA approved seminar within the proceeding 12 months before expiry.