Flight Instructor (FI) with Instrument Rating Instructor (IRI) privileges - FI IRI

Instrument Landing System (ILS) is one of the most common approaches used at airports today

By training to become an IRI you will be able to instruct for
the IR or UK IMC Rating / IR (Restricted)

Become a more marketable
FI by gaining an IRI certificate

General

The addition of the Instrument Rating Instructor (IRI) to the FI certificate allows the holder to instruct for the UK IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) and the IR on single pilot SE aeroplanes. To be able to teach on single pilot ME aeroplanes the FI must also hold ME instructional privileges.

The FI IRI and FI ME courses may be combined thus allowing the holder to teach for the ME IR. The flight and ground training for each course remains unchanged. The assessment of competence maybe combined, and if so it is conducted on a ME aeroplane

Applicants for further instructor certificates may be credited with the teaching and learning skills already demonstrated for the instructor certificate held

Instructors Wishing to Teach for the IMC Rating/IR(R)

1. The following provides clarification for Instructors who wish to instruct for the IMC Rating/IR(R) and explains instructor privileges that must be held

2. Part-FCL specifies the instructor certificates required to teach for the Instrument Rating. The following are also considered competent to deliver instruction for the IMC Rating/IR(R):

(a) The holder of a valid Part-FCL Flight Instructor Certificate issued by the UK CAA who can teach for the Instrument Rating e.g. FCL.905.FI(g) is endorsed within their licence
OR
(b) The holder of a valid Part-FCL Instrument Rating Instructor Certificate issued by the UK CAA
AND
(c) Hold the appropriate aeroplane class or type rating

3. In addition, the CAA will authorise instructors to instruct for the IMC Rating/IR(R) if they comply with the following:

(a) the instructor must hold a Part-FCL aeroplane licence issued by the UK CAA

(b) the instructor must be an Flight Instructor (Aeroplane) (FI(A)) without supervisory restriction applied, who is qualified to instruct for the single pilot class rating for the class or type of aeroplane which the IR(R) instruction is to be conducted in

(c) the instructor must hold a valid IR(R) rating or IR(A) (not En-route Instrument Rating (EIR)) on the Part-FCL licence

(d) the instructor must have completed at least 10 hours flight time by sole reference to instruments in an aeroplane, Full Flight Simulator (FFS), Flight Training Device (FTD) 2/3 or Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer (FNPT) III

(e) the instructor must have completed the course as specified in FCL.905.FI(g) as detailed in FCL.930.IRI

(f) the instructor must pass an Assessment of Competence to instruct for the IR(R) with a Flight Instructor Examiner (FIE) as specified in FCL.905.FI(g)

Note: The course specified in FCL.905.FI(g) may be completed for the purpose of qualifying to instruct for the IR(R) without having the prerequisite IFR experience for the issue of the FCL.905.FI(g) privileges (Pre-Course Entry Requirements para c)

4. To ensure that the UK is compliant with Article 4(d) of the Aircrew Regulation, it will be necessary for instructors who are teaching the IR(R) through compliance with the requirements of paragraph 3 above to have the authorisation to instruct included in their licence by the CAA, which they will need to apply for using Form SRG 1133 and pay the appropriate fee. Their Instructor Certificate will be endorsed with '(g)(IR(R))' in the Remarks and Restrictions column against the entry for the FI(A) in Section XII of the licence

5. Instructors qualified in accordance with paragraph 3 above and who subsequently wish to instruct for the Integrated IR, Modular IR, En-route IR or the Competence Based Modular IR courses may apply to have the instructor restriction lifted once they meet in full the prerequisite requirements of FCL.905.FI(g). A further application showing evidence of compliance with those requirements may be made using Form SRG 1133 and payment of the appropriate fee will be required

Note: Full details can be found in CAA Information Notice IN-2015/009

Pre-Course Entry Requirements

An applicant for a FI IRI certificate 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 200 hours flight time under IFR, of which up to 50 hours may be instrument ground time in a FFS, FTD 2/3 or FNPT II

Ground Training

10 hours of technical training including revision of instrument theoretical knowledge, the preparation of lesson plans and the development of classroom 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

5 hours of flight instruction on an aeroplane, FFS, FTD 2/3 or FNPT II

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
Meteorology
Navigation
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

Notes:
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

References

The Air Pilots Manual by Trevor Thom (Volume 5 only)
AOPA (UK) IMC Syllabus
CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual
VOR, ADR and RMI by Martin Cass
Ground Studies For Pilots by R B Underdown (Volume 1 only)
PPL Course Volume 3 by Jeremy M Pratt
UK CAA Standards Documents 10, 25
CAP 804
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011
Part FCL, AMC and GM

Privileges (FI IRI)

To instruct for the issue, revalidation and renewal of an IR or UK IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) on the appropriate aircraft category

Validity

36 months

Revalidation

Complete 2 of the following requirements:

(a) complete 50 hours of flight instruction during the period of validity. If the privileges to instruct for the IR are to be revalidated, 10 of these hours shall be flight instruction for an IR, and shall have been completed within the last 12 months preceding the expiry of the FI certificate (see notes 2, 3)

(b) attend an instructor refresher seminar within the 3 year validity period

(c) pass an assessment of competence within 12 months preceding FI certificate expiry (see notes 1, 4)

An assessment of competence shall be included as one of the requirements at every alternate revalidation

When an assessment of competence is required for revalidation of an FI certificate, an applicant who fails to achieve a pass in the assessment before the expiry date of the FI 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

Notes:
1. An assessment of competence must be included as part of the revalidation requirements at every alternate revalidation
2. The 10 hours instrument instruction is not required if you teach only for the UK IMC rating / IR (Restricted)
3. The 10 hours IR instruction can be completed in either in a SE or ME aeroplane if both SE and ME instructional privileges are held
4. Holders of both SE and ME instructional privileges do not need to complete two separate assessments of competence. Either a flight in a SE or ME aeroplane will be acceptable. The aeroplane type not flown will be examined by oral questions on the ground

Renewal

Complete both of the following requirements within 12 months preceding FI certificate renewal:

(a) attend an instructor refresher seminar

(b) pass an assessment of competence (see note)

Note: Holders of both SE and ME instructional privileges do not need to complete two separate assessments of competence. Either a flight in a SE or ME aeroplane will be acceptable. The aeroplane type not flown will be examined by oral questions on the ground
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