FI(A) Flight Instructor

A flight instructor is an experienced pilot who possesses the qualification certificate of training future pilots (flight students) on the ground as well as in the air while flying. If a flight instructor is licensed according to EASA-FCL, his license will be entitled FI(RP) during his first 100 hours of training.

This abbreviation means "Restricted Privileges" - one restriction is for instance that a FI(RP) is not allowed to declare a flight student of being permitted to perform his/her first solo-flight.


1. Minimum age of 18
2. Valid PPL(A) EASA Part FCL, CPL(A) or ATPL(A) license
3. Valid aviation medical of at least class 2
4. At least 200 flight lessons, including:

  • holding of ATPL(A) or
  • holding of PPL(A) at least 150 hours in command + CPL(A) theory course (e.g. Distance Learning + Classroom instruction) und theoretic CPL(A) test at the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt or another authority
  • at least 30 flight hours on an one-engine aircraft with a piston engine, at least 5 flight hours of which must have been passed within the last six months prior to pre-examination, which is peformed by the flight training school
  • at least 10 flight hours of instrument flight training (IR or CVFR), maximum 5 hours of which may be passed on the ground using a simulator or FNPT II
  • at least 20 hours cross country flights being the pilot in command, including one flight, whose flight route is at least 540 km long and which includes at least two landings on airports that differ from the start airport

5. Evidence of CPL (A) knowledge according to EASA Part FCL.915.FI b) (2) i)
(this may be provided by a passed theoretical exam at CPL(A) or ATPL(A))

6. Pre-examination: has to be passed within six months and at the latest one week prior to the start of the training examined by a FI(A) who has been licensed according to EASA Part FCL.905.FI i), based on the proficiency check according to appendix 9. (can be done at our school)

Theoretical 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
  • evaluation and examination of flight students
  • development of training program
  • human performance with respect to flight training
  • dangers simulating breakdowns during flight training
  • night rating
  • administrative task during the training

Practical 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.




125 hours of Groundschool

Practical phase 1

30 flight hours on single engine aircrafts, splitted into 25 hours with flight instructor and 5 hours abnormal flight conditions

Practical phase 2

5 flight hours in a shared cockpit with another FI(A) applicant. The applicant opperates the aircraft from the right seat while the FI-I acts as a pilot trainee.