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Flight Instructor Refresher Seminar

"All good and professionally done. I would recommend the Seminar to any Flight Instructor"

"All very interesting and delivered in a highly professional manner. Thank you"

AOPA run several FI(A) Refresher seminars each year, as listed later in this article. If you are an FI(H) we recommend:

Helicopter Services at Wycombe Air Park. These seminars are run by Geoff Day and are run approx every 3 months at Helicopter Services Ltd, Wycombe Air Park (Booker). They are 2-day seminars, are only open and applicable to helicopter instructors and usually held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please contact Helicopter Services on 01494 513166 or email for details.

Helicentre Aviation Ltd at Leicester Airport for dates and booking see here.

FI(A)/IRI – Revalidation

For revalidation of an FI(A) certificate, the holder shall fulfil 2 of the following 3 requirements:

(1) complete: at least 50 hours of flight instruction in the appropriate aircraft category during the period of validity of the certificate. If the privileges to instruct for the IR are to be revalidated, 10 of these hours shall be flight instruction for an IR and shall have been completed within the last 12 months preceding the expiry date of the FI certificate;
(2) attend an instructor refresher seminar, within the validity period of the FI certificate;
(3)  pass an assessment of competence in accordance with FCL.935, within the 12 months preceding the expiry date of the FI certificate.

For at least each alternate subsequent revalidation the holder shall have to pass an assessment of competence in accordance with FCL.935.

FI(A) Renewal.

If the FI certificate has lapsed, the applicant shall, within a period of 12 months before renewal:

(1)  attend an instructor refresher seminar;
(2) pass an assessment of competence in accordance with FCL.935.

Remember that every other renewal must include an assessment of competence.

Full details can be found in EASA Part FCL and the Air Navigation Order 2016.

The AOPA Flight Instructor Revalidation Seminar for FI(A) meets the requirements of EASA AMC1 FCL.940.FI(a)(2). UK,and EU Instructors may attend this Seminar.

Seminar Programme

During the two day seminar, Topics covered will include :

  • New/current rules/regulations, with emphasis on knowledge of EASA-part FCL
  • Teaching and learning
  • Instructional techniques
  • The role of Instructor
  • National Regulations
  • Human Factors
  • Flight safety, incident and accident prevention
  • Threat and Error Management
  • Legal aspects and enforcement procedures
  • Navigational skills, new/current radio navigation aids
  • Teaching Instrument Flying
  • Weather related topics, methods of distribution
  • Additional topic selected by the competent authority

Our seminar is structured for instructors teaching across the complete range of ab initio, CPL and IR students

AOPA UK is a CAA approved Training Organisation, Number PTO-107 and meets the requirements of EASA-Part FCL for Flight Instructor Rating renewal.

Meet the Team

"I found the whole experience extremely beneficial, all the presenters were excellent, the information well structured and the timetable very well balanced and controlled.The admin was also highly efficient and the whole seminar well worth the money.
Thank you for accommodating me at short notice."

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring:

  • A completed Form SRG1135.
  • Your Pilot’s licence
  • Your log books showing evidence of the number of instructional hours you have completed

Will I need to give a presentation?

Yes, if you are chosen — on arrival you will be asked what topic you will give a short presentation on. Approximately 50% of the delegates will be chosen to give their presentation to small groups in the form of a briefing. The aim is to have a variety of presentations on the main topics.

What are the costs involved?

The cost for our seminars is:

The non-member price is £275 (£229.17 plus VAT @ 20% of £45.83)
Current AOPA(UK) Instructor members price is £240 (£200 plus VAT @ 20% of £40)

"Excellent Seminar at right level. Friendly and professional presenters who ran to time"

"This has been an interesting and informative course and I continue to be impressed by the depth of knowledge and the wealth of experience of
the lecturers".

What does the price include?

Lectures and presentations over two days, morning and afternoon refreshments and a buffet lunch. And a Certificate of Attendance.

Where and when is it held?

Please note that we no longer cover FI(H) renewals/revalidations at AOPA Seminars.

The two-day seminars last six hours each day. Under EASA Rules you may attend a seminar any time during the validity of your FI Rating.

For more information regarding the AOPA Instructor Seminar contact John Pett by email or phone 07754 780 335.

Schedule of AOPA Flight Instructor (Aeroplane) Seminars

Date Location Time Contact Telephone
3/4 December 2019 AOPA UK, 50a Cambridge Street, LONDON  10:15 - 18:00 John Pett  020 7834 5631
10/11 March 2020 AOPA UK, 50a Cambridge Street, LONDON  10:15 - 18:00 John Pett  020 7834 5631
7/8 July 2020 AOPA UK, 50a Cambridge Street, LONDON  10:15 - 18:00 John Pett  020 7834 5631
24/25 November 2020 AOPA UK, 50a Cambridge Street, LONDON  10:15 - 18:00 John Pett  020 7834 5631

All attendees must book and pay in advance as there will be no registrations accepted at the door on the day. You can book your place online now for AOPA Seminars. Just click the "Book Now" button for both secure online and offline payment options.

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