EASA Flight examiner certificates and requirements

The EASA flight examiner is a designated pilot and a flight instructor who holds a certificate issued by the competent Aviation authority. EASA Examiner's certificate is issued by competent Aviation authority in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1178/2011, Part-FCL Subpart K, paragraph FCL.1000.

The EASA flight examiner must comply with paragraph FCL.1010 and must meet the following essential requirements:

  • have adequate knowledge for conducting examination
  • passed an adequate preparation and appropriate experience related to the flight examiner
  • over the past three years there has been no sanctions to the candidate, including suspension, reduction or withdrawal of their licenses, ratings or certificates issued in accordance with Part-FCL, for failure to comply with the Regulation (EC) 216/2008 and its implementing Regulations

Different types of examiner´s certificates

There are different EASA flight examiners certificates in terms of their privileges. One EASA examiner may hold more examiner´s certificates at the same time. Following are the most common EASA examiner´s certificates.

FE (A) - EASA Flight examiner (aeroplanes)

The EASA flight examiner for aeroplanes FE (A) is authorized to carry out skill tests and proficiency check for initial issue, renewal and revalidations of:

  • EASA private pilot licence (aeroplanes) - PPL (A) and skill tests and proficiency checks for the associated class rating - eg. SEP(land), MEP(land) or TMG and type ratings for single-pilot non-complex aeroplanes, except for single-pilot high performance airplanes with a complicated structure, provided that the flight examiner has completed at least 1.000 hours of flight time as a pilot of aeroplanes or touring-motor gliders, including at least 250 hours of flight instruction.
  • EASA commercial pilot licence - CPL(A) and skill tests and proficiency checks for the associated class rating - eg. SEP(land), MEP(land) or TMG and type ratings for single-pilot non-complex aeroplanes, except for single-pilot high performance airplanes with a complicated structure, provided that the flight examiner has completed  at least 2,000 hours of flight time as a pilot of aeroplanes or touring-motorized gliders, including at least 250 hours of flight instruction;
  • EASA light aircraft pilot licence (aeroplanes) LAPL (A), provided that the examiner has completed at least 500 hours of flight time as a pilot of airplanes or TMG, including at least 100 hours of flight instruction
  • EASA Mountain rating, provided that the examiner has completed at least 500 hours of flight time as a pilot of airplanes or TMG, including at least 500 take-offs and landings within the flight training for mountaing rating.

CRE (A) - EASA class rating examiner

The EASA class rating examiner - CRE(A) is authorized to perform flight examination for the initial obtain, renewal or revalidation of the aviation ratings for single-pilot aeroplanes, except for single-pilot high performance complex airplanes. The example for CRE(A) duties can be the skill tests and proficiency checks for EASA class ratings SEP(land), MEP(land), or TMG:

  • skill tests for the initial issue of the class ratings or associate ratings;
  • proficiency checks for
    • revalidation or renewal of EASA class rating or the associate ratings;
    • revalidation or renewal of instrument rating IR(A), provided that the CRE(A) meets the requirements of paragraph FCL.1010.IRE(a).

IRE (A) - EASA instrument rating examiner

The holder of an EASA instrument rating examiner - IRE (A) is authorized to perform skill test for instrument rating IR(A) and EASA proficiency checks for revalidation or renewal of an EASA instrument rating IR(A). The holder of EASA instrument rating examiner  - IRE(A) must gain a minimum experience:

  • 2000 hours of flight time as a pilot of aeroplanes
  • 450 hours of flight according to IFR, of which 250 hours must be as a flight instructor

FIE (A) - EASA flight Instructor examiner

The EASA flight instructor examiner - FIE (A) is allowed to exercise his privileges according to the Regulation (EC) 1178/2011, Part FCL, paragraph FCL.1005.FIE as follows

  • assessment of competence for the issue, revalidation or renewal of certificates of the
  • EASA flight instructor - FI(A)
  • EASA flight instructor course - FIC extension for the FI(A) holder
  • EASA class rating instructor - CRI(A)
  • EASA instrument rating instructor - IRI(A)
  • EASA type rating instructor - TRI(A) for single pilot aeroplanes - TRI(SPA) provided that the holder of an appropriate certificate TRI (A).

The paragraph FCL.1010.FIE requires FIE (A) to fulfill following requirements:

  • to hold the relevant EASA instructor´s certificate
  • completed 2000 hours of flight time as a pilot of airplanes or TMG and
  • must provide at least 100 hours of training applicants for an instructor

TRE (A) - EASA type rating examiner

The holder of an EASA type rating examiner - TRE (A) is in accordance with FCL.1005.TRE authorized to perform licence skill tests and  EASA licence proficiency checks as follows:

  • licence skill tests in order for initial obtain of the typerating
  • licence proficiency checks  in order for revalidation or the typerating or the renewal of the typerating and its instrument rating (IR) for the specific airpalne type
  • skill tests for initial issue of the airline transport pilot licence - ATPL(A)
  • skill tests for initial issue of the multi pilot licence - MPL(A) if the examiner meets the criteria as per FCL.925
  • assesment of the competence in order to isssue, revalidate or renewal of the TRI(A) certificate or SFI(A) certificate

In accordance with the FCL.1010.TRE  TRE(A) shall meet the following requirements to act as the TRE(A) on the specific type of the airplane:

  • in case of the multi pilot airplanes, completed at least of 1500 hous of the flight time as pilot of the multi pilot airplanes, from which at least 500 shall be as pilot in command - PIC.
  • in case of the single pilot hight performance complex airplanes (SP HPCA), completed at least 500 hours of the flight time as pilot of the single pilot aeroplanes, from which at least 200 hours shall be as pilot in command.
  • to hold a CPL(A) or ATPL(A) flight crew licences and TRI(A) for a specific type of the airplane
  • for first issue of the TRE(A) shall completed at least 50 hours of the flight instruction as TRI(A), FI(A) or SFI(A) on the type specific airplane, or on the FSTD which represents the specific type of the aiprlane.