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Instructors Rating
This rating allows the commercially rated pilot to act as an instructor on the aircraft types appropriately endorsed. Some candidates find this a useful method of gaining experience, although it should be considered as a long term commitment to the aviation industry.

WTFS have a long and involved relationship with the SA-CAA in terms of having created and assessed Instructor examinations for many years. Similarly we have trained and flight tested many flight instructors whom are currently active in both General Aviation and the Airline industry.

The theory aspects of this rating are competently covered by the team at FTS with arguably the best qualified individuals in South Africa.

Requirements for the issue of the Instructor’s Rating:

1. Be the holder of a valid Commercial Pilot’s licence or Airline Transport Pilots’ Licence.

2. You must complete an approved training course, which involves theoretical knowledge pertaining to instruction and the presentation of ground and air exercise briefings.

3. You must have completed 20 hour’s of “Patter”, which is the process of learning to teach in the cockpit environment, and learning how to effectively demonstrate the various flight manoeuvres, while providing meaningful commentary.

4. You must have passed the SA-CAA theoretical examinations.

5. Pass a combined theoretical and practical flight test with a SA-CAA nominated Designated Flight Examiner (DFE). FTS has developed the most comprehensive Patter Guide in South Africa, which provides you with a word-for-word account of how to teach every flight manoeuvre required by a PPL student.

Every attempt is made for candidate instructors to be involved with student briefings, and develop technique and relevance as an instructor. We encourage use of all media available, including Computer Based Training, data projection briefings and PowerPoint presentations.