There is nothing more satisfying than teaching people how to fly aeroplanes. You will never forget the day you send your student on his/her first Solo flight.

Teaching students how to fly is an exceptionally responsible job. NFC passes on exact standards and discipline to all students on this course. NFC Instructors who conduct the FI Course are highly experienced Flight Instructor Instructors who have amassed thousands of hours flying experience with airlines and within the Flight Training industry. This wealth of experience/knowledge is passed on to Student Flight Instructors to ensure they reach the highest standards and are adequately prepared to teach people how to fly!

The FI (A) Course consists of:

  • Theoretical phase (125 hours)
  • Flight Training phase (30 hours)
  • FI (A) Theoretical Phase includes:
  • Complete 125 hours of EASA FI (A) Theory and associated briefing/lecture practice
  • Flight Instructors Manual by R.D. Campbell
  • Ireland VFR Charts
  • Fuel Strainer
  • High Vis Jacket
  • Course-specific printed material.

(Normal Flight Training rates apply to the flying portion of the course, cost of the ground course is factored around the number of students on the course)

Before you start you must have;

(a) at least a CPL(A) or completed at least 200 hours of flight time of which 150 hours as pilot-in-command if holding a PPL(A);

(b) met the knowledge requirements for a CPL(A) as set out in Appendix 1 to EASA-Part FCL

(c) completed at least 30 hours on single-engine piston powered aeroplanes of which at least five hours shall have been completed during the six months preceding the pre-entry flight test set out at (f) below;

(d) received at least 10 hours instrument flight instruction of which not more than five hours may be instrument ground time in a FNPT or a flight simulator;

(e) completed at least 20 hours of cross country flight as pilot-in-command, including a flight totaling not less than 540 km (300 nm) in the course of which full stop landings at two different aerodromes shall be made; and

(f) passed a specific pre-entry flight test with a qualified FII and based upon the proficiency check within the six months preceding the start of the course. The flight test will assess the ability of the applicant to undertake the course.

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The National Flight Centre offers approved courses starting with introductory flights and ranging from Private Pilot Licence (PPL) all the way through to Commercial Airline Pilot courses.

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Michael Ennis NFC Graduate, Modular ATPL
I completed all of my Flight Training at the National Flight Centre – I found the friendliness and professionalism of the staff to be refreshing, and indeed the flexibility of my personalized training programme allowed me to complete all my training while continuing in full-time employment.
Enda RyanNFC Graduate, Sim Instructor, B737-800 Ryanair
When you train at are prepared for the next step in to the career of a Commercial Pilot. The focus is on quality and attention to detail. Students (Customers) always come first. After completing all my training with NFC, within weeks I got offered a job and have since completed my Type Rating training on the B737-800 and look forward to my line training!
Mark DwyerNFC Graduate, B737, Ryanair
I completed my PPL, Night Rating, CPL and Multi-Engine Piston Instrument rating with NFC and I can testify to the quality instruction and customer service received by students. I landed my Airline job within weeks of qualifying and have never looked back…
Oisin Green NFC Graduate, B737, Air Contractors
The NFC offers high quality training in a professional manner while still maintaining the friendly and fun atmosphere of a flying club! I completed my Commercial Pilots license and Flight Instructors rating with NFC and subesequently accepted employment with Aer Arann. Now I work as a Captain and Type Rating Instructor with Cityjet and I regularly train NFC Graduates and find the impeccable standards are being maintained…
Julie GarlandNFC Graduate, Captain/TRI, BAE-146, Cityjet
I always found the staff and Instructors at NFC to be of the highest calibre…
Imelda ComerNFC Graduate, Sim Instructor, Ryanair
As a Captain with Cityjet and a former graduate, I can testify to the high standards of the National Flight Centre
John DowdsNFC Graduate, Captain, BAE-146, Cityjet
Training provided at NFC is unparalleled by any Flight School in the country…
John DeveneyNFC Graduate, Captain, BAE-146, Cityjet
On completion of training with NFC – I flew for Ryanair and became a Captain, I applied for a position flying 747’s at Cathay Pacific and the rest is history!
NFC GradAlan Quigley NFC Graduate, B747, Cathay Pacific
I completed my training with NFC and started out banner towing, I worked with Luxair then moved to AerLingus as a Training Captain on the A330 – I’m currently working for a corporate client in the UAE
Colin RyanNFC Graduate, Airbus Series A330/21/20/19/18, Training Captain, AerLingus
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