Flying Instructor Course – FIC (H)

Should you be considering a career in aviation, an exciting and highly rewarding opportunity is to become a professional Flying Instructor. Initially you will qualify as a Flying Instructor (Restricted) or FI(R), and with experience progress to full Flying Instructor status (FI).

This page is intended to provide basic guidance about the FI(H). Once you have absorbed the information please contact us to discuss the course further or to arrange an appointment.

FI(H) Entry Requirements

The minimum course requirements must be met in full and include:

  • Hold a current and valid Pilot’s Licence
  • Meet the knowledge requirements for the grant of an EASA CPL(H)
  • Hold a valid EASA medical
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold 250 hrs as pilot in command of helicopters
    • This must include:
    • 100 hrs as PIC if holder of an ATPL(H) / CPL(H) or
    • 200 hrs PIC if holder of PPL(H)
    • 10 hrs instrument flight instruction
    • 20 hrs cross country flight as PIC
  • Pass a pre-entry flight test


The Course

The FI(H) course covers all aspects of teaching. This includes the learning process, the teaching process, teaching methods, critique and evaluation and techniques of flight instruction. The course will be delivered by a highly experienced Flying Instructor Course Instructor (FIC).  Not only have they instructed at all levels of industry, they have proven track records for presenting candidates with the highest possible standards.

The course consists of:

Flight Training

    • 30 hours of flight training
    • This must include:
    • At least 25 hrs of dual instruction
    • Up to 5hrs of mutual flying (if applicable)

Ground Training

    • 125 hrs Theoretical knowledge instruction
    • This must include:
    • 25 hrs tuition on Teaching & Learning
    • 100 hrs of theoretical knowlege instruction including progress checks

Skill Test

Upon completion of the course, you will be required to demonstrate to the Examiner the ability to instruct a student pilot for the issue of a PPL (H). This will include the pre-flight, post flight briefings and theoretical knowledge instruction.

The Costs

Training costs based on flying the Robinson R22 helicopter are as follows: –

  • 30 hrs flight training see price list.
  • Ground school: £3,500 ex VAT
  • Flight test fee: £300 ex VAT

At Aeromega we are fortunate that our instructor training is carried out by one of the leading FIC Instructors in the UK Capt. Duncan Bickley who is an FIE and an expert in this field.

We will be delighted to discuss with you the methods by which we conduct the FIC (H)’s and what is expected of you before you commence the course. Most importantly we will also be pleased to outline the employment opportunities that exist within the helicopter industry once you have gained your instructor qualification.

Even if you do not see yourself becoming a full time helicopter flying instructor, the Helicopter FI Course, is an excellent way of improving your understanding of flying helicopters and raising your general flying standards.  Who knows where it might lead? Career change maybe, a possibility of getting into one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling vocations available.