Flight Instructor Certificate

Flight Instructor Certificate

Becoming a flight instructor is incredibly challenging but extremely rewarding and the work you will do is both fulfilling and exciting every day.

The diverse range of training you will do on a day-to-day basis is a way for you to not only build experience, but also to develop your flying skills as you teach a new student how to fly.

As a newly qualified Commercial Pilot with just over 190 hours, the Flight Instructor Certificate is a brilliant addition to your licence and is provides a highly successful and proven route to a full-time flying career, as well as giving you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a controlled and well-supported training environment.

A full-time FI(H) will typically reach 1500 hours after two to three years, unlocking more senior training or utility roles within the company, or employment in other sectors of the helicopter industry. Whilst instructing is an excellent way to get a foot on the career ladder, it is also exceptionally rewarding.

Pre-entry Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold an EASA PPL(H) or CPL(H)
  • Completed the EASA CPL(H) or ATPL(H) ground school course
  • Passed all EASA CPL(H) or ATPL(H) theoretical examinations
  • Hold an EASA Class 1 or Class 2 medical certificate
  • Pass a pre-entry test in the preceeding six months
  • Have a total of 100 hours Pilot in Command (CPL holders)
  • Have a total of 200 hours Pilot in Command (PPL holders)
  • Have a total of 250 hours prior to Assessment of competence

Course Requirements

  • Complete 125 hours theoretical knowedge instruction
  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours flight instuction
  • Pass an Assessment of Competence with a CAA examiner

What's included?

  • 125 hours classroom instruction
  • 30 hours of flight instruction
  • Aircraft hire for FI(H) Assessment of Competence
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Damien, Leicester

“A fantastic hidden gem. The centre has a collection of highly professional and passionate trainers together with a vast knowledge base and training materials. For those who want to learn to fly helicopters, this is THE one-stop-shop”

Lewis, Kent

“I'm an 18 year old trainee pilot, and since my first day here it couldn’t have been better. Helicentre's fleet is state-of-the-art, the staff are amazing and words cannot describe how hard working and down to earth they are. The road to becoming a professional helicopter pilot definitely starts here!”

Lee, London

"Helicentre Aviation has provided the perfect training environment. Their professional and knowledgeable instructors form part of a very friendly, efficient and supportive team. Choosing Helicentre to take my first step into the industry has been the best decision of my flying career so far"