Assessment of competence - Instrument rating instructor IRI(A)

Flight training in order to obtain the  instrument rating instructor - IRI(A) certificate shall be provided by the flight school - ATO in accordance with an approved training course. After completing the flight training, the final skill test is necessary - the assessment of competence  of the  instrument rating instructor IRI(A).

The EASA assessment of competence with EASA flight instructor examiner - FIE(A) can be done upon completing the flight training.

The applicant for an assessment of competence of instrument rating instructor - instructor for IFR flights - IRI(A) shall demonstrate to the flight instructor examiner FIE(A) the ability to perform flight and flight training in accordance with the IFR (Instrument flight rules) procedures and maneuvers with the aircraft applicable to the specific class of the airplane (such as SEP(Land), or MEP(Land)). Demonstration of the flight training  shall be done according to the IFR and under simulated IMC conditions to which the instrument rating instructor - IRI(A) is being certified.

Flight instructor - FI(A) extension for IFR training flights

The scope of the instrument rating instructor - IRI(A) assessment of competence is also required for the purpose of the extension of the flight instructor - FI(A) privileges to conduct the IFR training flights.

The holder of a flight instructor - FI(A) certificate may provide IFR flight training only if they meet the requirements laid down by the FCL.905.FI(g). For the extension of the privileges of flight instructor FI(A) certificate holder to provide IFR flight training the same requirements applies as for instrument rating instructor - IRI(A) candidate.

The key difference in the case of extension of the privileges of the flight instructor - FI(A) by FCL.905.FI(g) - the privileges to provide IFR flight training and obtaining the certificate of instrument rating instructor IRI(A) are the entry requirements of the amount of flying hours and required scope of the theoretical instruction - instructor ground school.

For the flight instructor - FI(A) holder, only 200 hours of the IFR flight time is required (from that 50h may be the IFR ground time). In order to obtain the instrument rating instructor - IRI(A), the 800h of IFR flight time is required.

The flight training to obtain a instrument rating instructor - IRI(A) certificate and for extension of the flight instructor FI(A) certificate for IFR training flights privileges may be provided also by using of the the flight synthetic training devices - FSTD in class FNPT, FTD or FFS. Assessment of competence of the instructor candidate - practical examinations of the future instructor rating instructor - IRI(A) shall be in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 1178/2011 performed on airplanes  in relevant class - either SEP(land), or MEP(land).

Privileges of the Instrument rating instructor - IRI(A)

Instrument rating instructor - Flight instructor for IFR flights - IRI(A)  is in accordance with the provisions of Part-FCL FCL.905.IRI, Regulation 1178/2011 authorized to provide the flight training in order to:

  • issue, revalidation or renewal of instrument a rating IR(A) on the specific class of the airplanes or types of the airplanes, i.e. on the class SEP(land), MEP(land) or any other SE(SPA) class i.e. Pilatus PC-12

What is an instructor assessment of competence?

Except for the multi-crew cooperation instructor (MCCI), the synthetic training instructor (STI), the mountain rating instructor (MI) and the flight test instructor (FTI), an applicant for an instructor certificate shall pass an assessment of competence in the appropriate aircraft category to demonstrate to an flight instructor examiner - FIE(A) qualified in accordance with Subpart K the ability to instruct a student pilot to the level required for the issue of the relevant license, rating or certificate.

All instructors shall be trained to achieve the following competences:

  • prepare resources, development of the materials
  • create a climate conducive to learning,
  • present knowledge and curriculum,
  • integrate Threat and Error Management (TEM) and crew resource management,
  • manage time to achieve training objectives,
  • facilitate learning,
  • assess trainee performance,
  • monitor and review progress,
  • evaluate training sessions,
  • report outcome

Instructor assessment of competence include:

  • the demonstration of the competencies described in FCL.920, during pre-flight, post-flight and theoretical knowledge instruction;
  • oral theoretical examinations on the ground, pre-flight and post-flight briefings and in-flight demonstrations in the appropriate aircraft class, type or FSTD;
  • exercises adequate to evaluate the instructor’s competencies.

The assessment shall be performed on the same class or type of aircraft or FSTD used for the flight instruction.
(When an assessment of competence is required for revalidation of an instructor certificate, an applicant who fails to achieve a pass in the assessment of competence before the expiry date of an instructor certificate shall not exercise the privileges of that certificate until the assessment of competence has successfully been completed.