FI (restricted)

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The course of training for the Flying Instructor (Restricted) Certificate comprises 30 hours of flying (of which up to five may be mutual with another student) and 125 hours of ground school. Up to 15 hours of pre-course study may be included in the 125 hours of ground school, and is encouraged.

PFIS offers either full-time courses or flexible part-time courses to suit the candidates' requirements. A full-time course will run on 5 days per week over 5-6 weeks, part-time courses will take commensurately longer. It is not recommended that a part-time student attend less than two days per week as such infrequent attendance will hinder progress through lack of continuity.


Before being permitted to begin an approved course of training for an FI(R) rating, an applicant must:-

1A) Hold a CPL(A) or

1B) Hold a PPL(A) and have completed at least 200 hours of flight time of which not less than 150 hours are as pilot in command (PIC) and have met the knowledge requirements for a CPL(A), unless training as an F1(A) to provide training for the LAPL(A) only.

2) Have completed at least 30 hours on single engined piston powered aeroplanes of which at least 5 must have been completed in the six months preceding the pre-entry flight test set out in FCL.930 F1(a).

3) Have received at least 10 hours of instrument flying instruction of which not more than five may be instrument ground time in an FSTD.

4) Have completed at least 20 hours of VFR cross-country flight as PIC including a flight totalling not less than 540 km (300 nm) in the course of which full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure must have been made

5) Pass a specific pre-entry flight test with an FI qualified in accordance with Part-FCL.930.F1(a) for this purpose, based on the proficiency check set out in Appendix 9 to Part-FCL within six months preceding the start of the course. The flight test will assess the ability of the candidate to undertake the course. It is recommended that the test is taken at PFIS.

Assessment of Competence

At the end of the course a skill test covering theory and a flight will be taken with a Flight Instructor Examiner (FIE). This will normally be carried out at Shoreham or “Lee-on-Solent”, but by arrangement can be carried out at your home airfield. Additionally PFIS will provide the candidate with an end of course certificate and will make every effort, using an extensive network of contacts, to assist in placing candidates at suitable flying schools. Most PFIS graduates secure a position either before or soon after completion of the course.




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