Flight Instructor Rating

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Flight Instructor Rating

Obtaining a Flight Instructor Rating will enable you to apply for employment at a flying school to teach future pilots to fly.

An Instructor’s rating improves your abilities and skills, increasing your employment opportunities.

Flight Instructor Rating Requirements

The only requirement is a valid Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) or an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). Training can commence whilst you are in the process of completing your CPL.

Course Duration

The course takes approximately 3 to 4 months to completed. This may, however, vary for each individual student.

Practical Training

  • 20 hours of practical flight instructor training (patter) of which 5 hours may be completed on a Simulator
  • 20 hours of ground briefings
  • Pass a practical skills test in lecturing and air exercises with a Designated Flight Examiner
  • Pass the Instructor and Ground evaluation test

Theoretical Training

The following 2 exams require a pass mark of at least 75%:

    • Applied Meteorology and Navigation
    • Principles of Flight and Legislation

It is essential to know that the minimum hours required by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to obtain a licence are just a guideline. It is unusual for a student to achieve the level of competency within these hour constraints as every individual has different rates of learning and understanding. Aptitude plays a major role in your progression and therefore additional training to meet the standards expected in testing, might lead to additional hours of training.