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FI and CRI

Variants & Packages

Flight Instructor

Only a qualified Flying Instructor is permitted to deliver ab-initio pilot training. After completing a training course and passing the assessment of competence your National CAA will issue an EASA FI(A) certificate with privileges restricted in accordance with Part FCL.910.FI.

The FI(R) is required to teach under the supervision of an unrestricted FI until sufficient experience is gained for the restriction to be removed.

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Class Rating Instructor

The qualified Class Rating Instructor (CRI) teaches for class or type ratings, for example bi-annual renewals for the SEP or for other ratings such as towing or aerobatic. A CRI can instruct anybody that has or had a licence. CRI’s are not permitted to teach for Night Ratings or IMC/IR.

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£ 8,690 or £ 1,700

Based on Grob 115B. FI and CRI, respectively.
(Does not include pre-course assessment flight or AoC costs. When training for EASA - £ 200 and £ 30 supplement for FI and CRI, respectively)

Price excludes fuel surcharge, based on aircraft. If training for EASA license, additional £10/hour.

Course Syllabus

FI - Ground training

The ground instruction includes 25 hours of teaching and learning and at least 100 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction. The theoretical knowledge subjects are taken from the PPL / LAPL syllabus. The subjects are:

  • Air Law
  • Aeroplane General Knowledge
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • Communications
  • Training Administration

During the course the student instructor will practise giving ground lessons to the FIC instructor.

FI - Flight training

You will receive at least 30 hours of flight instruction, 25 hours of dual flight instruction and 5 hours of dual or mutual flying, that is 2 student instructors flying together to practice flight demonstrations

The air exercises are taken from the  PPL(A) syllabus but with additions to cover the needs of the FI(A)

FI - Assessment of Competence

After successfully completing the training, you will go forward to an independent Flying Instructor Examiner for an Assessment of Competence (AoC). This should be carried out within 6 months of completion of the training otherwise a refresher package is required.

CRI - Ground school

The course includes 35 hours of ground-school, 25 hours of which is the “Train the Trainer” package from the FI course and 10 hours of technical training. This includes revision of technical knowledge, preparation of lesson plans and development of classroom/simulator instructional skills

During the course you will practise giving ground lessons to the FIC instructor giving the course

Ground-school will be integrated with the flight training maximising benefit from time spent in the air

CRI - Flight Training

3 hours of flight instruction, typically lessons taken from the PPL syllabus that are likely subjects for a CRI in the real world.

CRI - Assessment of Competence

On successful completion of the course a recommendation will be made to complete the Assessment of Competence (AoC). This must be carried out within 6 months of completion of training. Failure to do so will result in the need for extra training. The assessment of competence will be conducted by an independent FIE. The assessment of competence schedule is given below


FI Pre-entry


  • The candidate must pass a pre-entry assessment flight with a FIC instructor
  • Hold a EASA CPL(A) or PPL(A)
  • Have flown 5 hours as PIC in the 6 months preceding course start date
  • Trainees must be in possession of a valid EASA medical issued in accordance with Part-MED.
  • Meet the educational requirements listed below
  • Meet the general requirements listed below before applying for AoC

Minimum age

  • The minimum age to apply for an FI(A) rating is 18 years.

Educational requirements

  • If instructing for PPL, requires CPL/ATPL theory exams
  • If instructing for LAPL CPL/ATPL theory exams are not required.

General requirements

An applicant for an FI(A) Rating must produce logbook evidence of having met the following requirements:-

  • 200 hours total flight time
  • 150 hours PIC
  • 30 hours SEP (minimum)
  • 5 hours in the 6 months preceding course start date
  • Completed a 300nm qualifying cross-country
  • 10 hours IF (maximum 5 hours in a simulator)

CRI Pre-entry

The CRI course prerequisites are:

(a) hold at least the licence and the rating for which flight instruction is to be given

(b) be entitled to act as PIC on the aircraft during flight instruction

(c) have flown at least 300 hours flight time as pilot of aeroplanes*

(d) have flown at least 30 hours as PIC on the applicable type or class of aeroplane

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