Flight examiner training

A flight examiner FE(A) assessment of competence candidate must undertake a flight examiner standardization course pursuant to FCL.1015. The course is provided either by a transport authority, or by an EASA flight school - ATO.

In accordance with AMC1 FCL.1010, when evaluating the background of the examiner candidate, the competent authority should evaluate the personality and character of the flight examiner candidate, and his/her cooperation with the competent authority.

The competent authority may also take into account whether the applicant has been convicted of any relevant criminal or other offenses, taking into account national law and principles of nondiscrimination.

The xaminer standardization course consists of theory as well as practical part and includes at least:

  • training focused on state-level administrative procedures, GDPR, responsibilities, and insurance;
  • explanation on how to access all the aforementioned documents and forms in case of need.

Flight examiner training provided by a flight school should take:

  • at least 1 day, for flight examiner - FE(A) and flight instructor examiner – FIE(A) certificates, and it should contain both practical and theory parts
  • at least 3 days for all other examiner certificates and privileges, with at least 1 day of theory and 2 days of practical part. The practical part should be focused on flight simulator training, or real aircraft training (actual flight training) simulating various scenarios of license skill tests – LST, license proficiency checks – LPC, and assessments of competence – AOC.

Flight school or a competent - national aviation authority should assess, whether further flight training is required, before the flight examiner candidate takes the examiner assessment of competence.

Flight training - examiner standardization course

Flight training for flight examiner certificate should contain:

Theoretical knowledge instruction part

  • the content of AMC2 FCL.1015 and Flight examiner manual;
  • Part FCL and relevant AMC and GM related to flight examiners' responsibilities;
  • operations requirements relevant to AMC and GM related to flight examiners' responsibilities;
  • national regulations related to flight examiners' responsibilities;
  • the basics of human physical and mental abilities and resilience;
  • the basics of flight exam rating;
  • ATO flight school management and DTO organizational structure;
  • MCC and limits.

Fight examiners should also be given appropriate training related to data protection and security, accident insurance, and relevant fees related to flight examiner operations.

The aforementioned parts are basic requirements for flight examiner theory training. The theory training can start before the practical flight training and it can be provided in any appropriate format.

Practical training part

  • the knowledge of the specific flight exam procedures for which the exam candidate aims to get the assessment of competence. The procedures are described in the relevant Flight examiner manual modules;
  • the knowledge of administration procedures related to practical flight exam.

If it is an initial obtaining of the flight examiner certificate, the practical flight training should contain at least two practical exams under supervision - e.g. a license skill tests – LST, license proficiency checks – LPC, and assessments of competence – AOC in the role of flight examiner.

The practical exam should also contain giving instructions to flight exam candidate, license skill tests – LST, license proficiency checks – LPC, and assessments of competence – AOC, and administration under the supervision of a senior examiner.

The practical part is provided in an airplane if the applicant aims to provide the exams in airplane. If the applicant requires a competence for FSTD, the applicant should be given instructions related to FSTD use as well.

If the examiner certificate privileges includes instrument rating - IR , the practical part should include at least 4 instrument rating - IR exams under supervision.

If the flight examiner certificate includes both airplane and FSTD privileges for instrument rating - IR, at least one of the  exam checkrides should be provided in FSTD.

To extend the examiner certificate to other types or privileges, additional flight training containing at least one exam under supervision is required.

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OUR TIP: ICAO English Exam can be a part of practical flight exam or a part of examiner assessment of competence.