Western Air Thruxton

Professional Training

Flight Instructor (Restricted) Rating FI(R)

The holder of an FI(R) Rating may give flight instruction to students training for a PPL, although there are certain restrictions regarding the authorisation of solo flight and cross country flying. These restrictions are removed when the full Flight Instructors rating is gained.

Pre-Course Requirements

EASA-FCL 915 FI and 930 FI state pre-entry requirements to commence an approved course of training for the issue of a EASA-FCL FI (R) rating. Applicants shall hold a valid UK or  EASA-FCL aeroplane pilot’s licence which includes a valid single engine piston (land) class or single engine type or TMG rating and:

a) Hold at least a CPL (A) or completed at least 200 hours of flight time of which 150 hours shall be as a pilot in command if holding a PPL (A)

b) Meet the knowledge requirements for a CPL (A)

c) Completed at least 30 hours on single-engine piston powered aeroplanes of which at least five hours shall have been completed during the six months preceding the pre-entry flight tests set out at sub-paragraph (f)

d) Received at least 10 hours instrument flight instruction of which not more than 5 hours may be instrument ground time in an FSTD.

e) Completed at least 20 hours of VFR cross country flight as pilot in command including a flight of not less than 300NM with stops at two aerodromes other than the airfield of departure and ;

f) Passed a specific pre-entry flight test with a FIE or FIC within the six months preceding the start of the course. The flight test will be based on the PPL Skill test and will assess the ability of the applicant to undertake the course particularly with regard to aeroplane handling skills. This test is usually done at the start of the course.

Course Aim

The FI (R) course is designed to train a pilot to be an Instructor capable of teaching a person to qualify for issue of a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL)

Course Content

125 hours ground instruction
30 hours (minimum) flight instruction comprising not less than 25 hours dual and a maximum of 5 hours teaching practice.
The course may include the qualification to instruct at night.


The course will take six to seven weeks.