Flight Instructor Course (FIC) Instructor
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Part FCL.905.FI(i) states that an FI has the privilege to instruct for the issue, revalidation and renewal of an FI, IRI, CRI, STI or MI certificate provided that the FI has completed:

(a) at least 500 hours of flight instruction in the appropriate aircraft category

(b) passed an assessment of competence in accordance with Part FCL.935 in the appropriate aircraft category to demonstrate to an FIE the ability to instruct for the FI certificate

The UK CAA issued Information Notice IN-2012/142 which says an instructor wishing to conduct training for the grant of an instructor certificate and who meets all the requirements of Part FCL.905.FI(i) has to pass the assessment of competence with an FIE appointed by the UK CAA. The FIE will normally be a CAA Staff FE. Application for the assessment of competence is to be made to the UK CAA.

Applicants are strongly advised to seek guidance and undergo preparatory training with an FIE

Flight Instructor Course (FIC) Instructor Preparatory Course

The On-Track Aviation 2 day FIC Instructor Preparatory Course is designed to provide the applicant with tuition on how to conduct and organise instructor courses at an ATO and to help prepare the applicant for the assessment of competence. The course tutors are all experienced FIE who have been involved in FIC instructor training for many years

Pre-Course Material (Self study)

Part FCL, ORA, ARA including AMC and GM
CAP 393 Air Navigation Order (ANO)
CAP 804
UK CAA Standards Document 10
UK CAA Information Notices
Personal instructor notes/briefings


The aims of course are:

(a) To refresh and brief up to date FI requirements, responsibilities and revalidation requirements

(b) To emphasise the principles of standard instructional technique

(c) To ensure that the applicant has the skill and potential to instruct to a high standard and to convey these skills to others


The applicant must be able to:

(a) Explain how to present a pre-flight briefing

(b) Describe how to present ground and airborne lessons

(c) Discuss the correct terminology to be used during the lessons

(d) Describe the standard instructional techniques for the airborne lessons


The training course covers the following:

Day 1

The FI, CRI and IRI courses on SP aeroplanes
# Relevant reference material in Part FCL, ORA, ARA including AMC and GM
# Knowledge of pre-course requirements for FI, CRI and IRI courses
# FI, CRI and IRI syllabi
# Privileges of ratings and re-validation
# Responsibilities of the FIC instructor
# Structure of the FI assessment of competence

Training philosophies
# Importance of standardisation
# Value of a structured course of training
# Importance of a planned syllabus
# Integrate ground and flight training
# Assessments of competence

Techniques of ground instruction
# Teaching and learning revision
# Preparation and presentation of ground lecture including long briefs
# Classroom instructional techniques
# Use of training aids
# Group lesson
# Individual briefings
# Student participation and discussion
# Preparation for short question and answer from syllabus
# Pre flight briefs and post flight de-briefs
# Demonstration of pre flight brief by tutor

Pre flight brief
(Using an early PPL exercises)
# Given by applicant to a PPL student (simulated by tutor)
# Debrief by tutor

Pre flight brief
(Using early PPL exercises)
# Give back by tutor simulating student FI errors - de-brief by applicant
# Give by applicant as an example to student FI

Day 2

Airborne instruction
# Techniques of airborne instruction
# Compare differences from ground instruction
# The flight cockpit environment
# Pre flight analysis and organisation of airborne lesson
# Role playing
# Methods of demonstration and give back of airborne exercises
# Student practice
# Fault analysis

Student evaluation and testing
# Demonstration of de-brief
# Assessment of student performance
# Handling of unsatisfactory progress
# Analysis of student errors
# Establish reason for errors
# Tackle major faults first then minor faults second
# Avoidance of over criticism

Training administration
# Flight and ground training records
# Study material
# Official forms
# Aircraft flight manual / pilots operating handbook
# Aircraft documents

Hazards involved in simulating system functions and malfunctions during flight
# Selection of safe altitude
# Importance of touch drills - all except throttle, flap and carb heat
# Situational awareness
# Adherence to correct procedures
# FLWOP, EFATO, full flap go-around and touch and go landing
# Precautions during practice feathering drills (ME FI only)

Preparing applicant for assessment of competence
# Structure of the FIC instructor assessment of competence

Note: There is no flight training planned on the course. Candidates may choose to add flight training but this will extend the duration of the course and increase the cost

Part FCL.935 Assessment of Competence

An applicant for an instructor certificate shall pass an assessment of competence in the appropriate aircraft category to demonstrate to an examiner the ability to instruct a student pilot to the level required for the issue of the relevant licence, rating or certificate
This assessment shall include:

(a) the demonstration of the competencies described in Part FCL.920, during pre-flight, post-flight and theoretical knowledge instruction
(b) oral theoretical examinations on the ground, pre-flight and post-flight briefings and in-flight demonstrations in the appropriate aircraft class, type or FSTD

(c) exercises adequate to evaluate the instructor’s competencies

The assessment shall be performed on the same class or type of aircraft or FSTD used for the flight instruction

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

FIC Instructor Qualification

Once the applicant has successfully passed the assessment of competence the UK CAA will award them FIC instructor qualification

Privileges (FIC Instructor)

To instruct for the issue, revalidation and renewal of an FI, IRI, CRI, STI or MI certificate


FIC instructor qualification will run concurrently with the validity of the holder's FI certificate


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 note 2)

(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 note 1)

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

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)


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


Part FCL, ARA, ORA including AMC and GM
UK CAA Standards Document 10
UK CAA Information Notices
Royal Air Force Manual Flying AP3456 (Volume 1 Principles of Flight only)
CAP 393 Air Navigation Order (ANO)
CAP 804


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