Our Flight Instructor Rating course will qualify and equip you well for a career as a Flight Instructor. This is a very thorough course that ensures you have the in-depth knowledge that you need to do the job effectively. You need to hold a current South African CPL and have passed the SA CAA Flight Instructor written examinations before commencing this course; you will also need to be proficient and current on the type used for the training.
- Comprehensive ground and flight training
- Excellent job prospects
- Enhanced career potential
The aim of the Flight Instructor course is to train currently licensed Commercial pilots to give flying instruction on single-engine aircraft up to PPL (A) standard. The emphasis of the course is on the delivery of ground instruction, flight briefings and the flight demonstration in the air.
Graduates will hold a Flight Instructor (FI) Rating Grade III.
The privileges of a Grade III Flight Instructor are to give flight instruction under the supervision of a Grade I or II Flight Instructor at an organisation which is in possession of an Aviation Training Organisation Licence.
The flight instructor course is best done immediately following the Professional Pilot licence course.
The applicant for the Flight Instructor Rating must:
- be in possession of a valid South African CPL,
- have passed the SA CAA written examinations for the Flight Instructor Rating,
- have completed a practical course of ground and flight training, and
- have passed a practical flight test with a SA CAA Designated Flight Examiner (DFE)
To enter for the Flight Instructor written examinations you must have passed the CPL written examinations which would be your first-step to flying instruction.
The Flight Instructor written exams are based on the PPLsyllabus, but a great depth of knowledge is required. The FI exams are held approximately every six weeks.
To upgrade to Flight Instructor Grade II the candidate must have completed at least 200 hours of flight instruction and eight months experience as Flight Instructor. Additional endorsements are necessary for Instrument Flight and Multi engine instruction.
A career as a Flight Instructor or Flying Instructor can be very satisfying in itself, but most graduates choose to instruct for two years or so which gives an excellent foundation for a career. This experience is important to anyone aspiring to a senior position in an Airline. Most airlines today consider giving preference to candidates who not only hold an ATPL but who are flying instruction qualified due to the obvious advantages that this holds for the airline’s own personnel value. A respectable amount of flight instruction experience is generally an advantage in selections.
Flight Instructors at Progress Flight Academy are recruited from graduates of our Professional Pilot and Flight Instructor courses.
The Flight Instructor course is structured in the same way as the Private Pilot Licence course so the trainee Flight Instructor will learn to do the flight briefing and patter related to each lesson on this course. This gives a definite structure to the training.
The trainee Flight Instructor will attend the pre flight briefings of a normal Private Pilot Licence course to observe and make notes, and will also fly as observer during ab-initio training flights to observe the patter.
The trainee Flight Instructor is required to prepare his own material, and to deliver it to the training instructor in classroom practice. Ground training consists of a scheduled 25 hours of lecture presentation by the trainee Flight Instructor to the training instructor.
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The flight training is integrated with the ground training and commences in about the fourth week of the course. Once the trainee Flight Instructor has prepared for each air exercise he will fly with a senior flight instructor to develop the co-ordination necessary for demonstrating the exercise.
The course consists of 20 hours flight training in a Piper PA28-161 Warrior III, which is the aircraft type used for ab-initio flight instruction at Progress Flight Academy.
An additional two hours is allowed for the flight test.
At the completion of training, the student instructor will undergo a flight test with a Designated Flight Examiner. A major part of this test is an evaluation of the student instructor's technique of ground instruction, and knowledge of the syllabus. During the flight test most of the manoeuvres relevant to a Private Pilot Licence will be demonstrated.
Planned duration of the course is twelve weeks.
The full Flight Instructor Rating course includes:
- Ground Instruction and flight briefings and de-briefings
- 25 hours individual tuition on lecture presentations
- 20 hours of Instructors Patter flying training in a Piper Warrior PA28
- 2 hours flight time in a Piper Warrior for the flight test
- Progress Flight Academy Flight Instructor Patter notes
- Flight test fee (CAA Designated Flight Examiner)
- Full board accommodation for 12 weeks including three meals a day and laundry
The Flight Instructor rating is valid for an initial period of one year, and thereafter for three-year periods. To renew the Rating requires a flight test with a CAA Designated Flight Examiner.
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