Will my Flight instructor teach me all of the theory subjects?
Melbourne Flight Training Flight Instructors are required to give you pre and post flight briefings which encapsulate specific details relevant to your flight, so there is a certain amount of theoretical knowledge gained by this process.
The CASA syllabus for training in theory subjects is comprehensive and accompanied by several books and so on. At Melbourne Flight Training, we choose to outsource this component of your training to another organisation which specialises in the delivery of theory subjects and achieves high pass rates in examinations by its students.
Melbourne Flight Training partners with Online Aviation Theory for the delivery of theory in either a classroom environment or on-line, see your Flight Instructor, or contact Online Aviation Theory.
Does it matter if my Flight Instructor wants to be an Airline Pilot?
No! Pilots who achieve the standards required for employment in the industry often do not have the minimum total flying hours required by commercial airline operators. Therefore, it is necessary for them to gain hours by taking employment as a pilot in either small business (charter etc.) or as an Instructor. Being an Instructor is not “everyone’s cup of tea”, so those who do have a genuine interest in helping others achieve their goals, and that’s a good thing!
How much experience does my Flight Instructor have?
The Flight Instructor Rating is divided into three classes numbered 1 through 3, class 1 being the highest. A Flight Instructor’s progression to a higher class is based on achieving at least the required number of flying instruction hours, and satisfactory reviews. Several hundreds of hours are involved!
However, Flight Instructors often undertake other ratings and endorsements, fly recreationally, and participate in other flying activities. Consequently, their total flying hours may be much greater as will be their overall experience.
Several of Melbourne Flight Training’s Flight Instructors have total flying hours in the thousands, some in the tens of thousands!
How does my Flight Instructor stay up-to-date?
Flight Instructors must pass an Instructor Proficiency Check (IPC) which is conducted every 24 months.
Flight Instructors are also subject to reviews by senior Instructors and the Senior Base Pilot/Head of Operations.
Finally, they are required to have a sound knowledge and understanding of Melbourne Flight Training’s Standard Operating Procedures, and review all operational documents that are issued from time to time. Similarly, like all pilots, our Flight Instructors must remain aware of all the regulatory documents issued by CASA, AirServices Australia, etc.
If you are interested, here is a CASA link to their Current Rules
Is my Flight Instructor qualified?
Your instructor has achieved their Commercial Pilots Licence and some endorsements and ratings along the way.
Your instructor has also gained a Flight Instructor Rating, which is not only an additional 50 hours of intense flight training, but includes critical assessment of their theoretical knowledge and training in the Principles and Methods of Instruction (if an externally recognised training qualification is not held). A thorough assessment and flight test has to be successful to achieve the Flight Instructor Rating.
A Flight Instructor is an excellent career path after you achieve you Commercial Pilot’s Licence, for further information on becoming a Flight Instructor, checkout our page with our Flight Instructor Rating course details click MFT FIR Course details