Class Rating Instructor (CRI) Single Engine (SE) Landplane
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The holder of a CRI certificate for single engine aeroplanes may exercise the privileges of the certificate to carry out instruction for class or type ratings. In addition, carry out instruction for a towing or aerobatic rating. A CRI cannot instruct ab-initio students only those who already hold a licence

Pre-Course Entry

An applicant for a CRI certificate for single engine aeroplanes shall:

(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

*Not including microlights

Ground Training

35 hours of ground tuition including 25 hours of teaching and learning and 10 hours of technical training including revision of technical knowledge, the preparation of lesson plans and the development of classroom/simulator instructional skills

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

The training shall be integrated with the flight training so that the maximum benefit is gained from time spent in the air

Flight Training

3 hours of flight instruction in single engine aeroplanes

Assessment of Competence

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

Section 1 Theoretical Knowledge Oral
(See note 1)
Long briefing title
Air law
Aircraft general knowledge
Flight performance and planning
Human performance and limitations
Operational procedures
Principles of flight
Training administration

Section 2 Pre-Flight Briefing
(See note 3)
Visual presentation and content
Technical accuracy
Clarity of explanation
Clarity of speech
Instructional technique including TEM/CRM
Use of models and aids
Student participation

Section 3 Flight
(See note 3)
Arrangement of demonstration
Synchronisation of speech with demonstration
Assessment and correction of student faults
Aircraft handling
Instructional technique
General airmanship and safety
Positioning and use of airspace
Risk assessment including TEM/CRM

Section 4 Mandatory Exercises and other Exercises at Examiner's discretion
Spin avoidance (SE aeroplane)
Safety module (see note 4)
Take-off and climb, engine failure after take-off (SE aeroplane)
Approach, landing, missed approach
Forced landing without power (SE aeroplane)
Additional exercises title and number

Section 5 ME (Aeroplane) Exercises
(See note 2)
Engine failure (simulated) after take-off or on go-around
Asymmetric approach and go around
Asymmetric approach and landing

Section 6 Instrument Exercises
Basic instrument flight
Applied instrument flight
Instrument approach
Limited panel and unusual attitudes

Section 7 Post-Flight De-Briefing
(See note 3)
Visual presentation and content
Technical accuracy
Clarity of explanation
Clarity of speech
Instructional technique and facilitation
Use of models and aids
Student participation

1. This section is divided into two parts:
# The applicant is required to give a lesson under test conditions to other student(s), one of whom will be the examiner. The test lesson is to be selected from items of section 1. The amount of time for preparation of the test lesson is agreed upon beforehand with the examiner. Appropriate literature may be used by the applicant. The test lesson should not exceed 45 minutes
# The applicant is tested orally by the examiner for knowledge of items of section 1 and the core instructor competencies as given in the instructor course
2. This section comprises additional exercises covering ME instructional privileges and is completed in a ME aircraft or FFS or FNPT II simulating a ME aircraft. This section, if applicable, is done in addition to sections 2, 3 and 5
3. These sections comprise exercises to demonstrate the ability to be an instructor, and are chosen by the examiner from the flight syllabus of the instructor training course. The applicant is required to demonstrate instructor abilities, including briefing, flight instruction and de-briefing
4. The safety module is to comprise one or more exercise(s) from the following topics: weather appreciation, flight in poor visibility, calculation and appreciation of safety altitude, stall/spin awareness and navigation techniques


The Commercial Pilot's Study Manual Series By Mike Burton (Volume 1 and 2 only)
AP3456 Royal Air Force Manual Flying (volume 1 only - Principles of Flight)
UK CAA Standards Document 14
CAP 804
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011
Part FCL, AMC and GM

Privileges (CRI SE)

To instruct for:

(a) the issue, revalidation or renewal of a class or type rating for non-complex non-high performance single-pilot aeroplanes, when the privileges sought by the applicant are to fly in single-pilot operations

(b) a towing or aerobatic rating for the aeroplane category, provided the CRI holds the relevant rating and has demonstrated the ability to instruct for that rating to an FIC instructor

The privileges of a CRI are restricted to the class or type of aeroplane in which the instructor assessment of competence was taken. The privileges of the CRI shall be extended to further classes or types when the CRI has completed, within the last 12 months:

(a) 15 hours flight time as PIC on aeroplanes of the applicable class or type of aeroplane

(b) 1 training flight from the right hand seat under the supervision of another CRI or FI qualified for that class or type occupying the other pilot’s seat


36 months


Within the 12 months preceding the expiry date of the CRI certificate:

(a) conduct at least 10 hours of flight instruction in the role of a CRI. If the applicant has CRI privileges on both single-engine and multi-engine aeroplanes, the 10 hours of flight instruction shall be equally divided between single-engine and multi-engine aeroplanes


(b) receive refresher training as a CRI at an ATO


(c) pass the assessment of competence for multi-engine or single-engine aeroplanes, as relevant

For at least each alternate revalidation of a CRI certificate, the holder shall have to comply with the requirement of (c) above

When an assessment of competence is required for revalidation of an CRI certificate, an applicant who fails to achieve a pass in the assessment before the expiry date of the CRI certificate shall not exercise the privileges of that certificate until the assessment has successfully been completed

Hours flown as an examiner during skill tests or proficiency checks shall be credited in full towards revalidation requirements for all instructor certificates held


Within a period of 12 months before renewal:

(a) receive refresher training as a CRI at an ATO


(b) pass the assessment of competence


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