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Flight Instructor Course - FI(H)

If you have your Commercial Pilot Licence (H), adding a Flight Instructor Rating can open up new employment opportunities. The Flight Instructor Course (H) is full-time and lasts for about six weeks.

To complete the FI(H) course an above average standard of helicopter flying and theoretical knowledge is essential.

The minimum completion time is 25 hours of Teaching and Learning instruction and 100 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction, including pre-flight briefings.

To qualify for the completion of this course, applicants are required to demonstrate (to a flight examiner) the ability to instruct a student pilot for the issue of a PPL(H). This will include the pre-flight, post-flight briefings and theoretical knowledge instruction, along with passing a skill test.

The aim of this course is to instruct trained helicopter pilots how to teach and not how to fly; not to mention becoming used to flying in the left-hand seat. Undoubtedly, your standard of flying will naturally improve during the completion of the Flight Instructor Course (H).


Flight Instructor Course - FI(H) — Course Syllabus


  • An applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • An applicant must hold a current and valid CAA pilots licence.
  • An applicant must have met the theoretical knowledge requirements for the CPL(H).
  • An applicant must hold a valid CAA class 1 medical certificate.
  • An applicant must pass a pre-entry flight test.
  • If an applicant is a holder of a CPL(H) or ATPL(H), they must hold at least 220 flying hours, including 100 flying hours as Pilot in Command


Rating Validity: 

  • The FI(H) rating is valid for three years.


Flight Instructor (H) Air Exercises Syllabus:

  • 30 hours of flight training, which must include at least 25 hours dual instruction and up to five hours of mutual flying (if applicable to practice flight demonstrations).

The long briefings and air exercises are listed below:

  • Familiarisation with the Helicopter 
  • Preparation for and Action After Flight
  • Air Experience (First Flight)
  • Effects of Controls
  • Power and Attitude Changes
  • Level Flight, Climbing, Descending and Turning
  • Basic Autorotation
  • Hovering and Taxiing
  • Take-off and Landing
  • Transitions from Hover to Climb and Approach to Hover
  • Circuit, Approach and Landing
  • First Solo
  • Hovering Sideways and Backwards
  • Spot Turns
  • Hover out of Ground Effect (OGE), Vortex Ring
  • Simulated Engine off Landings (EOL)
  • Advanced Autorotation
  • Practice Forced Landings
  • Steep Turns
  • Advanced Transitions
  • Quick Stops
  • Navigation
  • Advanced Take-off, Landings and Transitions
  • Sloping Ground Operations
  • Limited Power Operations
  • Confined Area Operations
  • Basic Instrument Flight


Theoretical Knowledge Instruction:

  • 125 hours theoretical knowledge instruction, which must include 25 hours of “Teaching and Learning” training. The remaining 100 hours comprises of the presentation of pre-flight briefings, delivery of the PPL(H) theoretical syllabus and progress checks.