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Flight Instructor Course

The flight instructor course is designed to teach the applicant the extensive knowledge and insight required to train others according to the regulatory authority requirements. Being a flight instructor is one of the most demanding but at the same time rewarding jobs in aviation.

Course Syllabus

The course comprises of the following training segments:
• 1 hour pre-entry flight test
• 30 hours of flight instruction of which 5 hours may be flown with another FIC candidate
• 125 hours of tuition and directed ground school
On completion of the training, a flight test is then conducted on a single engine aircraft.


• Minimum age: 18
• Must hold a valid an EASA issued (Part-MED) Class 1 Medical (CPL holder);
• Must hold, an applicant or an EASA CPL (A).
• ATPL or CPL theoretical exams
• 150 hours PIC or 100 hours PIC for holders of ATPL or CPL
• 30 hours single engine pilot time of which 5 hours were in the preceding 6 months

Tailwheel Training

Whether you want to earn a tailwheel endorsement or simply want to improve your handling skills, AFTA are ready to open new horizons.

Course GOAL

We use the Super Decathlon as our training aircraft. This is a simple, rugged machine – ideal for beginners and advanced pilots alike. The Decathlon provides “stick and rudder” flying at it’s best. Tailwheel training will make you a more instinctive pilot, no matter how much time and experience you have. New pilots or old professionals all benefit from flying the Decathlon perfecting your tri-gear landings and general handling.


5 hours on Super Decathlon
Each flight will last around 1 hour with a thorough brief and debrief.
The focus is on instinctive flying techniques. You will add a new dimension to your flying ability as you practice slow flying, three wheel landings, crosswind landings, slips to a landing, power off approaches and much more.
Your tailwheel training will emphasise techniques that will make all of your flying easier, safer and more enjoyable.
Course Fee €1370


Experienced Licensed Pilot
Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
The aim of stall awareness and spin training is to develop a pilot’s understanding in the area of high angle of attack flying and to practice the proper actions to take to avoid inadvertent stalls and spins.
The understanding and basic actions to prevent and to recover from these potentially hazardous situations are the same regardless of the aircraft you fly. Many major airlines now insist that their pilots complete such advanced handling courses as part of their basic training.
Course syllabus
4 hours ground training
4 hours flight training


Learn to fly aerobatics in a safe, structured environment with some of Ireland’s most experienced aerobatic instructors.
The AFTA IAA-approved aerobatic course is offered to train experienced licence holders to perform aerobatic manoeuvres safely and qualify for the issue of an EASA aerobatic rating. New EASA Regulations mean that holders of a pilot licence for aeroplanes, TMG (touring motor gliders) or sailplanes shall only undertake aerobatic flights in EASA aircraft if they hold an aerobatic rating. There will be no requirement to hold an aerobatic rating to fly aerobatics in non-EASA aircraft (e.g. Tiger Moth, Chipmunk, homebuilt aircraft etc).

To qualify for the addition of an aerobatic rating to an EASA licence, you must have flown a minimum of 40 hours post PPL issue and do an approved course. There is no formal flight test and no renewal procedure.
Flight training is carried out on the Bellanca Super Decathlon, an ideal aerobatic training machine fitted with full inverted fuel and oil systems as well as an injected 180HP engine fitted with a variable pitch propeller.


5 hours on Super Decathlon
8 hours theoretical tuition


Human factors and body limitations
• Spatial disorientation
• Airsickness
• Body stress and G-forces, positive and negative
• Effects of grey- and blackouts Technical subjects
• Legislation including environmental and noise issues
• Aerodynamics of slow flight, stalls and spins (incl flat and inverted)
• Type-specific technical instruction
• Airframe and engine limitations, including G limits & rolling G considerations

Aerobatic manoeuvres
• Rolling manoeuvres
• Looping manoeuvres
• Combination manoeuvres
• Sequencing of manoeuvres and positioning
• Entry and recovery from incipient, developed and inverted spins

Emergency procedures
• Recovery from unusual attitudes
• Aerobatics and engine failures

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