Instrument Rating Instructor Course

This week saw the final step in my journey to become a qualified EASA IRI (Instrument Rating Instructor) – similar to an FAA CFII – which allows me to instruct pilots towards a full Instrument Rating as well as the UK IR(R). Over the past 18 months, I’ve passed 11 CPL Theory exams, undergone a six week practical training course and Assessment of Competence to become an EASA Flight Instructor,

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EASA CPL Theory course and exams

As part of my journey to become an EASA qualified IR instructor, I needed to take  an approved groundschool course and pass the set of CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) exams, of which I get to skip 2 of the 13 because I have an IR. This is one step below the 14 ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence) exams but the scope of the CPL is smaller and the course should

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EASA Flight Instructor Course

One step at a time While what I’ve described below is the practical EASA flight instructor course, it is just one step towards my bigger goal – to become qualified to instruct for private instrument flying, which would include privileges for: IR(R) / IMC (UK only) Competency Based Instrument Rating (CB-IR) En-Route Instrument Rating (EIR), which has had very limited interest to date Basic IR, being developed by EASA for introduction

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Spin Test

A mandatory element of the EASA Flight Instructor course relates to spins. Potential flight instructors must not only receive training for incipient and full spins but demonstrate to a Flight Instructor Examiner that they can correct demonstrate and recover from these abnormal conditions. Although this can be combined with the FI Assessment of Competence at the end of the course, typically this is scheduled as a separate exercise with two

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Another IR Revalidation

VFR Revalidation for SEP rating VFR private pilots normally have to take an hour’s instruction every two years to be allowed to retain their licence privileges. Even airline pilots have to do this separately for smaller aircraft, ensuring their SEP (Single Engine Piston) rating remains current. This isn’t an exam or skill test, although any instructor would be cautious to sign off someone who was thought to be dangerous. In

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Flying with portable oxygen

The benefits Pilots of non-pressurised small aircraft such as ours are limited to 10,000 feet, above which an oxygen system is usually required. EASA european rules allow you to fly up to 12,000 feet for 30 minutes without one; passengers are considered OK up to 13,000 for any length of time. After the few airways flights I’ve had at FL100, I have felt slightly the worse for wear and believe oxygen would

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CRI skill test flight log

Class Rating Instructor Course and Skill Test

I passed the CRI (Class Rating Instructor) skill test today. Read on to find out what that entitles me to do, and what was involved in gaining the rating. What is a Class Rating Instructor and what can they do? The CRI is a European (EASA) qualification that is fairly easy for a PPL to achieve, yet gives quite wide ranging privileges. You need 300 hours total time including 30 hours on

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IR Revalidation

The Rules European private aviation requires lots of ongoing tests and checks to ensure pilots continue to be fit and capable of the tasks they are licenced for. All IR pilots must undergo an annual revalidation or lose their privileges. If you don’t do this before the year passes (specifically one year after the end of the month of the date you passed your initial IR skill test), then you

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Learning a new aircraft – PS28 Cruiser

The Bristol Aero Club (based at Kemble EGBP) has both a couple of older PA28s and a couple of brand new two-seater PS28 Cruisers in their fleet. The UK distributor effectively lets club pilots solo hire the PS28s and there is plenty of availability. Differences training is required first. I decided to give this a go after flying as a passenger during one leg of a club flyout. The aircraft

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