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Flight Instructor Classes2020-02-22T11:42:36-05:00
IMPORTANT: as an instructor, if any 3 of your last 10 (or less) students you have recommended for flight tests fail it will determined that YOU are the cause and The Minister will conduct follow up action.

Class 4 Flight Instructor

Requirements

  • CPL or ATPL
  • 25 hours ground school
  • 30 hours of dual flight instruction
    • Incl. 5 hours on how to teach instrument skills
    • 5 of these hours can be on an approved FTD
  • 70% on the Transport Canada written exam [AIRAF]
  • Pass a flight test

Flight Test Admissions

Requirements for admission to the instructor flight test include:

  1. Photo ID with signature
  2. Valid medical certificate
  3. A valid commercial pilot licence
  4. Letter of recommendation within last 30 days AND signed by a Class 1 Instructor
  5. Proof of passing the AIRAF with 70% or greater in the previous 24 months
  6. A signed PTR displaying the required training

Privileges

With a Class 4 Instructor Rating you can train students for:

  • recreational pilot permits
  • pilot licences
  • night ratings and VFR OTT ratings

You can also…

  • give recommendations for night ratings and VFR OTT ratings
  • authorize student solos
  • recommend students for aeroplane rec permit and pilot licences

IMPORTANT: You must be under supervision of a Class 1 or 2 flight instructor. Before sending students solo or for flight test they will need to have a progress check ride with your supervising instructor. You will also need to keep a detailed record of your your flight training as an instructor.

Validity: 12 months

CARs 401.69 & 421.65

Class 3 Flight Instructor

Requirements

  • Hold a Class 4 Flight Instructor rating
  • Have flown 100 hours with students towards a pilot licence
  • You must have a record of student training showing that you:
    • have sent 3 students for solo flights
    • have recommended 3 students for flight tests AND they have passed
    • have spent at least 5 of the last 10 training hours with the aforementioned students
  • NO flight test required

Privileges

With a Class 3 Instructor Rating you

  • have the same privileges as a Class 4, but without supervision
  • can act as Chief Pilot

Validity: 24 months

CARs 401.70 & 421.70

Class 2 Flight Instructor

Requirements

  • Hold a Class 3 Flight Instructor rating
  • Score 70% on the AIRAT (within the preceding 24 months)
  • You must have 500 hours of  flight training experience, with:
    •  10 recommendations for flight tests
    • 400 hours of flight training toward a pilot licence
  • Pass a flight test

Privileges

With a Class 2 Instructor Rating you

  • have the same privileges as a Class 3
  • can act as Chief Pilot
  • can supervise Class 4 instructors

Validity: 36 months

CARs 401.71 & 421.71

Class 1 Flight Instructor

Requirements

  • Hold a Class 2 Flight Instructor rating
  • Score 80% on the AIRAT (within the preceding 24 months)
  • You must have 750 hours of  flight training experience, with:
    •  10 recommendations for flight tests
    • 600 hours of flight training toward a pilot licence
  • Pass a flight test

Privileges

With a Class 1 Instructor Rating you

  • have the same privileges as a Class 2
  • can act as Chief Pilot
  • can supervise Class 4 instructors
  • can give ground/air training for the Flight Instructor Rating

Validity: 48 months

CARs 401.72 & 421.72

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