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FI(H) Content, Requirements: Flight Instructor Licence
Flight Instructor Licence FI(H):

Content and Requirements

Training Content

The flight instructor training comprises 125 theory hours including the intermediate exam. This also includes 5 demonstrations lessons in front of flight students. 

Theory Subjects

  • Learning process
  • Principles of training
  • Applied teaching methodology 
  • Development of training programmes
  • Risks and malfunctions when conducting a flight 
  • Night flight training
  • Administration matters in training

The practical training must include at least 30 hours on the selected helicopter type. You will learn to effectively train aspiring pilots in common flying practices. 

Practical Exams

  • 45-minute demonstration lesson and oral theoretical examination on the ground at the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Aviation Office) in Braunschweig
  • Practical exam in the instructor seat including briefing and debriefing of the flight, usually at your training location

Restricted Rights

Your instructor certificate is restricted until you have completed at least 100 hours of flight instruction under the supervision of a designated instructor and supervised 25 solo flights. The Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Aviation Office) removes this restriction on the recommendation of the supervising instructor.

Duration of Training

The training process can be highly customised. 

Training Reduction 

For pilots who have or have had a teaching licence for airplanes FI(A), the training part 1 for teaching and learning behaviour will be reduced to 50 hours. You have to provide proof of: 500 hours as a pilot, including 200 hours of flight training work, as well as a CPL(H) licence.

  • Minimum age of 18 years 
  • Private or commercial pilot licence
  • Radiotelephone certificate (BZF 1)
  • Flight experience: 250 flight hours on helicopters, thereof at least 100 hours as pilot in command (PIC) for holders of an ATPL(H) or a CPL(H) licence. Respectively, at least 200 hours for holders of a PPL(H) licence
  • Theoretical knowledge for a commercial pilot must be met*
  • At least 10 hours instrument training on helicopters in a Flight Training Organisation (FTO)
  • At least 20 hours as pilot in command in cross-country flights
  • Pass a selection-test within 6 months prior to the start of training.  In this case, the applicant’s ability to participate in the course will be evaluated (in accordance with JAR-FCL 2.240 Appendix 3)

Before commencement of flight instructor training, you must attain the type rating for the helicopter on which you would like to train. 

*The theoretical knowledge of a professional pilot is a prerequisite for attending the flight instructor training. In our flight school, we offer a screening to determine your current CPL(H) level of knowledge. On this basis, you could fill any possible knowledge gaps and be well prepared to begin the flight instructor training. Participation in screening is of course voluntary.

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