UK Armed Forces (UKAF) QFI Conversion to EASA FI(A)


Article 10 of Commission Regulation (EU) No1178/2011 allows Member States to establish credits for pilot licences, ratings and certificates obtained during military service

The scheme for military credits is termed the Military Accreditation Scheme (MAS).

The following paragraphs detail the credits available for United Kingdom Armed Forces (UKAF) Qualified Flying Instructors (QFI) towards the FI(A)

For further information on the MAS refer to CAP 804 Part O or email

Who can get credits for an FI(A) certificate?

UKAF QFI applicants may apply the credits towards satisfying the Part FCL requirements if they:

(a) hold a Part FCL licence except a LAPL(A)

(b) have been awarded an instructor category or have been assessed as Competent to Instruct (C to I) as a QFI on single pilot aeroplanes

What qualifications/experience do I need for an FI(A) certificate?

UKAF QFIs shall meet all the requirements for the addition of a FI(A) certificate to an EASA licence for aeroplanes. These requirements are given below

An applicant for a restricted FI(A) certificate shall:
(a) have received at least 10 hours of instrument flight instruction on the appropriate aircraft category, of which not more than 5 hours may be instrument ground time in an FSTD

(b) have completed 20 hours of VFR cross-country flight on the appropriate aircraft category as PIC

(c) hold at least a CPL(A) or hold at least a PPL(A) and have:
# met the requirements for CPL(A) theoretical knowledge, except for an FI(A) providing training for the LAPL(A) only
# completed at least 200 hours of flight time on aeroplanes or TMGs, of which 150 hours as PIC

(d) have completed at least 30 hours on single-engine piston powered aeroplanes of which at least 5 hours shall have been completed during the 6 months preceding the pre-entry flight test set out in FCL.930.FI(a)

(e) have completed a VFR cross-country flight as PIC, including a flight of at least 540 km (300 NM) in the course of which full stop landings at 2 different aerodromes shall be made

(f) have passed a specific pre-entry flight test with an FIC instructor within the 6 months preceding the start of the course, to assess their ability to undertake the course. This pre-entry flight test shall be based on the proficiency check for class and type ratings as set out in Appendix 9 to Part FCL

(g) completed training at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) conducting FI(A) training (see Course of Training/Testing)

(h) 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 the 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 (see Course of Training/Testing)

Note: The prerequisite requirements are (a) to (e)

What credits are available to a UKAF QFI?

CPL(A) theoretical knowledge credit
UKAF QFIs are credited the requirement to complete a theoretical knowledge instruction course as set out in Part FCL.315 and Appendix 3 prior to attempting the theoretical knowledge examinations for the CPL(A)

Teaching and learning credit
UKAF QFIs are credited with the 25 hours teaching and learning training course requirement, as set out in Part FCL.930 of the relevant instructor certificate, toward the issue of any EASA instructor certificate

FI(A) course credits
See Course of Training/Testing

Course of Training/Testing

QFIs who are compliant with the prerequisite requirements for the application for a restricted FI(A) certificate are required to complete training at the discretion of the Head of Training at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) who conduct FI(A) courses

QFI applicants must pass an assessment of competence for the issue of a restricted FI(A) certificate on a class of single pilot single-engine aeroplane for which the QFI holds a valid class rating in their Part-FCL licence

QFI applicants who provide evidence that the experience requirements of FCL.910.FI(c) have been met previously using the instructor privileges on their military qualifications may have the Part-FCL instructor certificate issued without the privileges restricted

QFI applicants for an FI(A) certificate who hold a night or aerobatic rating on their Part-FCL licence may have the instruction privilege added to their flight instructor rating by demonstrating the ability to instruct for that rating during the assessment of competence, or if unable to satisfy this requirement at issue of the FI rating, meet the relevant requirements of Part-FCL

What UK CAA forms do I need to apply for these credits?

All UK CAA application and report forms are available on the CAA web site ( to download and print.

To gain the credits complete form SRG2133 (Confirmation of Military Experience for MAS credits in accordance with Article 10 of Commission Regulation EU No 1178/2011)


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