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Flight instructor FI(H)

Flight instructors train the pilots of tomorrow and help shaping the future of helicopter flying. Make your part and share your passion for flying.

The course is structured according to the requirements of EASA-FCL (Flight Crew License) and includes a theoretical and a practical part.

Under certain conditions, the FOCA supports the training of prospective flight instructors with financial assistance. It is intented that the candidate will instruct at least 100 hours as a flight instructor and supervise at least 25 solo flights within three years of completing the training. Depending on the situation, Mountainflyers guarantees the successful graduates this aspirant time. On average, two or more candidates complete this course each year.


License PPL(H) with CPL(H) theory or CPL(H)-EASA license
Medical Class 1 / Aeromedical examination by a medical examiner of the FOCA
Flight experience

250 h total time on helicopters
100 h RTT (Rotor Turning Time) as PIC (Pilot in Command)
10 h instrument flight, of which max. 5 h in the simulator
20 h VFR Cross Country

Successfully completed pre-entry check flight with the Head of Training

Theoretical training

The theoretical part of the training is divided into a "Teaching & Learning" course and theory lessons.

Teaching & Learning

In the Teaching & Learning course, didactic, methodological and pedagogical areas are developed and deepened with a specialist and concluded with presentations, total 25 hours

Theory lessons

In the theoretical part, students learn how to teach the following subjects:

  • Training Administration
  • Operational Procedures
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Air Law
  • Principles of flight
  • Navigation
  • Air Law
  • Flight Performance & Planning
  • Meteorology

Classroom instruction: 100 h

Flight training

The practical part of the flight instructor training includes 32 different flight exercises in accordance with EASA-FCL on the basis of PPL training. The main aim here is to teach a student pilot how to fly accurately with all checks and briefings "step by step". The practical training can be completed in blocks or intensively.

5 h Stage 1 Basics, hovering
9,5 h Stage 2 Turns, approaches and landings, navigation
13,5 h Stage 3 Radionavigation, instrument flight basics, emergency procedures
indiv. NIT & type-specific Night flight, type-specific procedures (e.g. landing on the platform)
2 h Exam preparation  
1 h BAZL Assessment of Competence  
30 h Total excl. Assessment of Competence

Privileges & Requirements

Authorizations after completion of the FI(H)

After successfully completing the flight instructor training, you are entitled to train future helicopter pilots in an EASA-FCL (Flight Crew License) recognized flight school

Prerequisite Flight experience per type

Robinson Helicopter Anyone wishing to train on a Robinson helicopter must have at least 50 hours of Robinson flight experience (Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 73, SFAR73).
Other helicopter types At least 15 hours of flying experience per type are required or an assessment of competence with a FOCA examiner


VR motion simulator

Five hours of flight instructor training can be flown on our EASA-certified VR motion simulator. This enables efficient, cost-effective and sustainable training.

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You can find an overview of the costs for the entire training course in our training brochure.

Depending on the intensity, previous experience and the type of helicopter selected, prices are calculated individually. We will be happy to provide you with a non-binding consultation and prepare a customized offer for you.

Download our training brochure here