Flight Instructor (Aeroplanes) Certificate (Restricted)

Train in theoretical knowledge and flight training to act as a flight instructor.

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The course breakdown:

30 hours of flight instruction
125 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction

An initial FI(A) Certificate will be restricted, meaning you will have to be supervised and cannot send students on their first solo flights. This restriction can be removed once you have completed 100 hours of flight instruction and have supervised 25 solo student flights.


Pre-entry requirements

To start the Flight Instructor (Aeroplanes) Certificate (Restricted) course you must:

  • have received at least 10 hours of instrument flight instruction on aeroplanes;
  • have completed 20 hours of VFR cross-country flight on aeroplanes as pilot-in-command; and
  • hold at least a CPL(A); or
  • hold at least a PPL(A) and have:
    • met the requirements for CPL theoretical knowledge, except for an FI(A) providing training for the LAPL(A) only; and
    • have completed at least 200 hours of flight time on aeroplanes or TMGs, of which 150 hours is as pilot-in-command
  • have completed a VFR cross-country flight as pilot-in-command, including a flight of at least 300 nautical miles of which full stop landings at 2 different aerodromes shall be made;
  • have passed a specific pre-entry flight test within the 6 months proceeding the start of the course;
  • 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;
  • be at least 18 years of age.

Course content

Familiarisation (Trial Flying Lesson)
Effects of controls
Straight & level flight
Slow flight
Spin recovery at the incipient stage
Circuit checkout
Solo circuits
Advanced turning
Forced landing without power
Precautionary landing
Navigation at lower levels
Radio navigation
Introduction to instrument flight
Aims and explanation of the course
The teaching process and instructional technique
PPL ground and flight training syllabus
Theoretical knowledge instruction
Pre-flight briefings
Long briefings
Assessment of candidate performance
Analysis of candidate errors
Classroom lesson development
Human performance and limitations
Hazards involved in simulating system failures and malfunctions
Training and administration
The learning process
The teaching process
Training philosophies
Techniques of applied instruction (theoretical knowledge)
Techniques of applied instruction (airborne instruction)
Student evaluation and testing
Training programme development
Human performance and limitations relevant to flight instruction
Specific hazards involved in simulating system failures and malfunctions during flight
Training administration

Validity period

An FI(A) Certificate is valid for 36 months.

Why us?

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Simple online booking
Fair and clear pricing
Friendly, professional service
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We think differently about flight training.

With membership, you get access to our online members area. It's much more than online booking - you can see your training record, check Gamston's weather, pay for your flight online, and so much more!

Generous time slots and friendly one-to-one instruction in our modern facilities mean that you'll always get the quality time that you need whilst training.

Plus, we don't have any hidden payments. There are no landing fees at Gamston whilst using our well-maintained fleet of aircraft and hot drinks are available at no additional cost.