Flight Instructor Rating

The Flight Instructor Course

As a flight instructor, you are privileged to have one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs in aviation. To your student, you are the ultimate pilot; what you say goes and what you do they will do forever after. The day when they sail through their interviews and check rides with a future employer will be one of the greatest days of your life.

Our course is tailored to give you the experience and knowledge to meet those challenges and enjoy the rewards. The whole trust of it is to enable you to impart your knowledge and skills to your students and to be able to guide and mentor them to a successful outcome. This is why the 30 hours flying time is matched by 125 hours of ground school – whether you are a PPL or a CPL holder, the course is not about learning to fly.

Aviation South West, has a team of three FIC instructors, one of which is an FIE.

The full time course is run five days a week, and usually runs for a total of 4-5 weeks for a single student, or 5-6 weeks for 2 students (dependent on weather).

You are required to pass a pre-entry flight test before you start the course. This test is similar in content to the handling sections of the CPL Skills Test and should not present a problem to anyone in current and correct flying practice. You can be credited with up to 15 hours of ground school as self-study before you start the course. Most people find it well worth using this time to get their basic knowledge back up to speed.

The first part of the course will be spent on “Instructional Techniques” – training you to teach your students in the air and on the ground. Once you have mastered the principles involved, you will put them into practice by “Instructing” your tutor on a range of exercises from the PPL syllabus. The tutor will mimic students of varying ability and at different stages of their PPL training to give you the widest possible experience. You will also be invited to give at least two “Long Briefings” to a “Student Pilot”. Comprehensive safety training, including spin recoveries, is given throughout the course.

Pre-Entry Requirements:

  • 200 Hours flight time, including 100 PIC (CPL) or 150 (PPL)
  • CPL or ATPL pass in ground exams
  • 10 hours of instrument flight instruction
  • 30 hours SEP including 5 hours SEP within 6 months prior to pre-entry test
  • 20 hours of cross-country, (including one flight of at least 300 nm landing at 2 other airports)
  • Pre-entry flight test with an FIC instructor

Course Benefits:

  • 2 to 1 Student-Instructor Ratio
  • MP3 Playback of flight exercises
  • Complete in house pre-flight briefing notes supplied
  • Training at Exeter International Airport
  • Full Ground School and in-flight instructional techniques


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