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).