AFI Training

The Assistant Flying Instructor Rating

An Assistant Flying Instructor rating allows you to instruct for the NPPL Microlight Licence under the supervision of a Flying Instructor.

(To qualify for a FI rating you need 250 hours Pilot in Command of which 200 must be on Microlights, have held an AFI Rating for at least 10 months and have 100 hours experience instructing on Microlights, pass the appropriate Tests.)

An AFI rating is valid for 13 months and is type rated Three Axis or Weight Shift

To Be Or Not To Be A Microlight Flying Instructor

To teach someone to fly is very rewarding work. However, the work is demanding and the responsibilities on the instructor great. Extracts from the BMAA AFI Syllabus:

‘Before taking this major step forward it is essential to understand the very great commitment you are making. In your hands will be the lives of future pilots and everyone they will carry as passengers.

There are no short cuts to competence. The course is demanding in terms of both time and effort. As an AFI you will have the responsibility of inspiring the trust and confidence of your students. That trust demands both a moral and legal obligation you must meet on each and every occasion.’

To Be Or Not To Be A Microlight Flying Instructor

The minimum flying experience required before you can start an AFI Course is 100 hour as PIC, minimum 60 hours of which must be on Microlight aircraft, 5 hours of which must be on the aircraft type to be used for the course.

In addition you must have had an unrestricted PPL or NPPL Microlight Licence for a minimum period of 8 months.

Before being accepted for an AFI course you must pass a pre-entry test that consists of a Flight Test and a written exam. The pre entry tests are valid for 6 months.

The AFI syllabus

  • A minimum of 15 hours flying training as a student AFI.
  • A minimum of 40 hours of ground training to include teaching methods and techniques, lectures on the subjects required in the BMAA syllabus and the pre-flight briefings for the flight training.

Please note these hours are a minimum requirement only

On completion of the course you need to pass the AFI Rating Test conducted by an independent Flight Instructor Examiner.

Time Schedule

It is more beneficial to you to complete the course within a reasonably short period to ensure continuity – the courses can be adapted, within reason, to suit your time schedule.


Please contact us for the current prices

Shadow Flight Centre, Hangar 3, Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP4 6DZ
Tel: 01722 410567 email: [email protected]