Flight Instructor Examiner (FIE) SE / ME / Landplane / Seaplane
Flight Instructor Rating
Cessna 152 work horse of most flying clubs
Flight Instructor
Spinning and aerobatics in a
Robin 2160i
PA28 Warriors are also flying club favourites for training
Multi-engine flying may conducted on the PA34 Seneca

General

On-Track Aviation is the only ATO in the UK to offer the FIE(A) training courses. The training is conducted at On-Track Aviation at Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome, Warwickshire. The assessment of competence is conducted by a UK CAA Staff FE or senior examiner at a mutually acceptable location.

All applicants considering becoming an FIE(A) shall apply to the CAA in the first instance. If the applicant's qualifications meet the Part FCL requirements then they will receive a letter/email enabling them to complete the FIE course

The applicant will be assessed throughout the training course as well as during the assessment of competence

Aims

The aims of FIE(A) course are:

(a) To ensure that the candidate has the skill and potential to become a FIE(A) on SE aeroplanes

(b) To describe the FIE(A) requirements, responsibilities and revalidation requirements

(c) To explain the principles of standard examiner techniques

(d) To add ME privileges (if applicable)

(e) To add Seaplane privileges (if applicable)

Objectives

The applicant must be able to:

(a) Demonstrate a pre-flight and post flight briefing to include facilitative skills

(b) Demonstrate how to conduct a flight test and ground examination

(c) State the privileges of the FIE(A)

(d) Describe instructor revalidation and renewal requirements

(e) Explain the how to complete the flight test documentation and administration

(f) Correctly assess the applicant's performance including teaching and non-teaching skills

Pre-Entry Requirements

(a) hold the relevant instructor certificate, as applicable to the examiner certificate sought

(b) have completed 2000 hours of flight time as pilot of aeroplanes or TMG

(c) have at least 100 hours of flight time instructing applicants for an instructor certificate

In addition, the following material should be studied prior to starting the course:

EASA Part FCL, ARA, ORA including AMC and GM
CAA Flight Examiners Handbook
EASA Flight Examiners Manual
UK CAA Standards Documents 10, 21
CAP 804
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011
CAA Communication - Safety Directive, Safety Notice, Information Notice

Training

Complete a training course (see note) at an ATO covering the following:

Note:
FIE course SE privileges only - 4 days
FIE course SE and ME privileges - 5 days
FIE course to add ME privileges to a FIE SE certificate - 2 days
FIE course to add Seaplane privileges to a FIE certificate - 2 days

Day 1

Introduction and plan for course

Examiner authorisations and requirements
# Appointments
# Validity
# Standardisation
# Who may test whom?
# Authorisation restrictions

Basic examining techniques and the role of the examiner
Flight Examiners Handbook/Flight Examiners Manual
UK CAA Standards Documents 10, 21
CAP 393 ANO
EASA Part FCL, ORA, ARA including AMC, GM and Appendices
CAA Communication - Safety Directive, Safety Notice, Information Notice
Duty Flight Examiner - flightcrewstandards@caa.co.uk
L & TS Approvals / Approvals Support - LTSApprovals@caa.co.uk

Review of examiner core course
Demonstration of knowledge (Quiz)

Discussion and standardisation of PPL / LAPL exercises including variations in technique and content
Demonstration of pre-flight briefing techniques by applicant
# Applicant gives pre-flight briefing of a PPL / LAPL exercise
# Discussion to include technique, content, presentation
Tutor gives pre-flight briefing of a PPL / LAPL exercise
# Discussion to include technique, content, presentation

Discussion and standardisation of instructional technique
Instructor facilitates discussion on remaining PPL / LAPL exercises with applicant
# What is taught - exercise make up (good and poor)
# Why it is taught
# How it is taught - methods and practices (good and poor)
# Techniques - correct and non-standard/incorrect
# Key words and phrases
# Building blocks - known to unknown
# Airborne instruction - Demonstrate, Teach, Practice, Critique

Flight test documentation and administration
# Flight crew licence - checking and making entries
# Pilot logbook - checking and recording of flight time
# Medical certificate
# Identification
# Approved course completion certificates
# Instructor certificate test/check report forms and examiner’s record
# Notification of failure form
# Insurance
# Personal data protection
# Appeals against conduct of flight tests
# Second or subsequent series failure report form

Day 2

Review of previous day's training

FI assessment of competence
# Purpose of test
# Test schedule, profile and format - plan for the test
# Test standard
# Safety Module (Weather Appreciation, Flight in Poor Visibility, Calculation and Application of Safety Altitude, Stall Spin Awareness, Navigation Techniques)

Examiner briefing format and techniques
# Initial briefing of candidate
# Pre-flight briefing
# Air exercises - primary and secondary
# Long briefing / ground lesson
# Theoretical knowledge oral examination
Sample briefings by tutor
Practice briefings by FIE applicant - review

Oral examination ground school subjects
# Oral questioning technique
# Simple open question; further probing questions for depth of knowledge
# Avoid closed (yes/no) questions
# Use what; why; where; how
# Answer questions - correctly and incorrectly
# Appropriate subject matter
# Expected breadth and depth of knowledge

Examiner role and technique
# Role playing - not trickster - relaxed but professional
# Average student - not leading
# Question - items glossed over/not explained; incorrect techniques/theory; be logical
# Receptive - do as your asked and not what you think/know
# Making mistakes - subtle; obvious; what to do if not corrected
# Open mind - don’t be closed to new ideas/techniques; consider - did it achieve the aim?
# Allow the exercise to flow; relax; let the applicant run the exercise at their pace
# Be concise and clear when stating the next exercise to be taught
# Be safe
# Definition of terms - Demonstrate, Teach, Patter, etc

Assessment
# Instructor competencies (Part FCL.920)
# In flight recording
# Termination of flight test
# Repeat manoeuvres
# Partial pass
# Incomplete tests
# Personal flying ability
# Appeals against conduct of flight tests (Regulation 6)

Actions after flight
# Assessing performance against requirements
# Identifying, assessing and debriefing CRM and TEM
# De-briefing techniques, technical errors, non-technical errors, facilitation
# Failure of test - privileges affected
# Re-test requirements
# Re-training - recommended versus mandatory
# Completion of test report form and licence / log book entries
# Statistical records
Sample de-briefing by tutor
Practice de-briefing by FIE applicant - review

Day 3

Review of previous day's training

Practice assessment of competence - applicant acting as examiner
# FI initial

Conduct of other instructor tests
# FIC instructor
# FIC instructor addition of Seaplane privileges (as applicable)
# FI addition of Seaplane privileges (as applicable)
# CRI SE
# CRI SE Seaplane (if applicable)
# IRI
# Revalidation and renewal
Review each test above in terms of:
# Purpose of test
# Test schedule, profile and format - plan for the test
# Test standard

Conduct of non-EASA tests and checks

Day 4

Review of previous day's training

Practice assessment of competence – applicant acting as examiner
# Addition of IRI privileges to FI certificate

Arrangements for the conduct of tests
# Booking and arranging tests
# Use of aeroplanes - equipment, documents, maintenance, serving, insurance, DFT approval
# Use of aerodromes - licence and unlicensed
# Planning and briefing facilities
# Test fees
# Delays, rescheduling, rebooking

Review of training course

Briefing on the format of the FIE assessment of competence - SE privileges
# Role of applicant and CAA Staff FE or senior examiner

Day 5/6 (ME privileges)

Introduction and plan for course

Discussion and standardisation of flying exercises 22 and 23 including variations in technique and content
Demonstration of pre-flight briefing techniques by applicant
# Applicant gives pre-flight briefing of an exercise (22-23)
# Discussion to include technique, content, presentation
Tutor gives pre-flight briefing of an exercise (22-23)
# Discussion to include technique, content, presentation
Discussion and standardisation of instructional technique
# What is taught - exercise make up (good and poor)
# Why it is taught
# How it is taught - methods and practices (good and poor)
# Techniques - correct and non-standard/incorrect
# Key words and phrases
# Building blocks - known to unknown
# Airborne instruction - Demonstrate, Teach, Practice, Critique

ME examining techniques in the air
# Engine failures

CRI ME assessment of competence
# Purpose of test
# Test schedule, profile and format - plan for the test
# Test standard
# Safety Module (Weather Appreciation, Flight in Poor Visibility, Calculation and Application of Safety Altitude, Stall Spin Awareness, Navigation Techniques)

Conduct of other ME instructor tests
# Addition of ME instructional privileges to FI
# Addition of ME instructional privileges to FIC instructor certificate
# Combined CRI and IRI on a ME aeroplane
Review each test above in terms of:
# Purpose of test
# Test schedule, profile and format - plan for the test
# Test standard

Flight test documentation and administration for ME instructor tests

Practice assessment of competence – applicant acting as examiner
# CRI ME 
# Addition of ME privileges to FI certificate

Review of training course

Briefing on the format of the FIE assessment of competence - ME privileges
# Role of applicant and CAA Staff FE or senior examiner

Day 5/6 (Seaplane privileges)

Introduction and plan for course

Discussion and standardisation of seaplane flying exercises including variations in technique and content
Demonstration of pre-flight briefing techniques by applicant
# Applicant gives pre-flight briefing of a seaplane exercise
# Discussion to include technique, content, presentation
Tutor gives pre-flight briefing of a seaplane exercise
# Discussion to include technique, content, presentation
Discussion and standardisation of instructional technique
# What is taught - exercise make up (good and poor)
# Why it is taught
# How it is taught - methods and practices (good and poor)
# Techniques - correct and non-standard/incorrect
# Key words and phrases
# Building blocks - known to unknown
# Airborne instruction - Demonstrate, Teach, Practice, Critique

Seaplane examining techniques on the water
# Engine failures

Seaplane instructor assessment of competence
# Purpose of test
# Test schedule, profile and format - plan for the test
# Test standard
# Safety Module (Weather Appreciation, Flight in Poor Visibility, Calculation and Application of Safety Altitude, Stall Spin Awareness, Navigation Techniques)

Conduct of other seaplane instructor tests
# Addition of seaplane instructional privileges to FI
# Addition of seaplane instructional privileges to FIC instructor certificate
# Addition of seaplane instructional privileges to CRI
Review each test above in terms of:
# Purpose of test
# Test schedule, profile and format - plan for the test
# Test standard

Flight test documentation and administration for seaplane instructor tests

Practice assessment of competence – applicant acting as examiner
# CRI SE Seaplane 
# Addition of seaplane privileges to FI certificate

Review of training course

Briefing on the format of the FIE assessment of competence - seaplane privileges
# Role of applicant and CAA Staff FE or senior examiner

FIE 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 applicant will be required to conduct an initial FI assessment of competence with a CAA Staff FE or senior examiner acting as the applicant

Applicants wishing SE and ME privileges may be required to conduct two tests; one will be an initial FI and the other a ME instructor test.

The assessment of competence schedule is given below

Section 1 Theoretical Knowledge Oral
(See note 1)
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
Technical accuracy
Clarity of explanation
Clarity of speech
Instructional technique
Use of models and aids
Student participation

Section 3 Flight
(See note 3)
Arrangement of demo
Synchronisation of speech with demo
Correction of faults
Aircraft handling
Instructional technique
General airmanship and safety
Positioning and use of airspace

Section 4 ME Exercises
(See note 2)
Actions following an engine failure shortly after take-off
SE approach and go around
SE approach and landing

Section 5 Post-Flight De-Briefing
(See note 3)
Visual presentation
Technical accuracy
Clarity of explanation
Clarity of speech
Instructional technique
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

Validity

36 months

Revalidation

(a) Conduct 2 tests within each year of the validity of the certificate

(b) Conduct 1 test in the final year as an observed or dummy test with a CAA Staff FE or senior examiner

(c) Attend an examiner seminar in the final year of validity of the certificate

Renewal

(a) Complete an assessment of competence as an observed or dummy test with a CAA Staff FE or senior examiner

(b) Attend an examiner seminar

Privileges (FIE)

In general the conductof assessments of competence for the issue, revalidation and renewal of:

(a) Flight Instructor (FI) certificate

(b) Class Rating Instructor Rating (CRI) certificate

(c) Instrument Rating Instructor (IRI) certificate

(e) Addition of ME instructional privileges to an FI or CRI certificate

(f) Addition of IR instructional privileges to an FI certificate

(g) Addition of Flight Instructor Course (FIC) Instructor privileges to an FI certificate

(h) Addition of seaplane instructional privileges to an FI or CRI certificate

Note: The specific privileges for each FIE shall be shown on their examiner certificate

Adding Privileges to an FIE Certificate

To add privileges to an FIE Cetificate the applicant must complete a training course at an ATO and pass an Assessment of Competence with a CAA Staff FE or senior examiner

References

Part FCL, ARA, ORA including AMC and GM
UK CAA Flight Examiners Handbook
EASA Flight Examiners Manual
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011
CAA Communication - Safety Directive, Safety Notice, Information Notice
Royal Air Force Manual Flying AP3456 (Volume 1 Principles of Flight only)
CAP 393 Air Navigation Order (ANO)
CAP 804
UK CAA Standards Documents 10, 21

 

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