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danielplainview
24th Mar 2019, 11:33
Hi everyone,

Are there any good schools in Europe to undertake an Instructor Rating? I always see advice to do it in the UK but I'm happy to relocate anywhere if there's a decent chance of employment as a FI

Eastern Europe / Russia... anywhere at all!

Thanks in advance.

rarelyathome
24th Mar 2019, 22:59
There are plenty of opportunities in the uk to be employed as an FI. It just depends on your expectations for remuneration.

Duchess_Driver
25th Mar 2019, 06:15
As a reasonably experienced FIC instructor and as a CFI/HT my personal experience is ďI havenít found one yet.Ē

I interview for FIs frequently and find those from Poland/Eastern Europe are poorly prepared in terms of rules, regulations, lesson structure, content, briefing/debriefing technique and consistency of terminology. Little concept of demonstration, teach and practice or of breaking the elements down into more manageable pieces. Itís like the 125hours ground hasnít been correctly delivered if at all.

However, I take each case individually when a CV lands on my desk and find there are some good candidates but predominantly Ďaverageí seems to be the norm.

Whopity
25th Mar 2019, 08:56
I always see advice to do it in the UK but I'm happy to relocate anywhere if there's a decent chance of employment as a FI How many languages do you speak? In most States they will teach in their National Language because after all, that is all their students will understand. Flying instruction in France is conducted in French and most PPL instructotrs are unpaid.

Just because there is a common syllabus in Europe doesn't mean that each country teaches it in the same way. Best to deceide where you want to teach and then do your training there, because the methods you learn may not get you a job anywhere else. I think what you are realy looking for is a cheaper place to do your training, if that is the case remember, you get what you pay for.
my personal experience is “I haven’t found one yet.” Neither have I.

danielplainview
25th Mar 2019, 18:20
Yeah thanks everybody,

I'm trying to figure out how to keep flying and keep a roof over my head. I've had pretty bad experiences training in the UK and thought there might be other options.

If I could go to a country in which the cost of living is lower I could probably manage (I also have a job which allows me to work remotely)

I was hoping that there might be one with a reasonable reputation.

Cheers

studcapt
25th Mar 2019, 22:30
I did mine in the UK a few years ago and I was rather lucky to receive very good instruction in all areas. Initial training is important but in any case you will have to do a lot of studying/work yourself anyway. Even if you don't end up completing a brilliant FI course, if you have the passion for training, dedication and commitment, you will get there. It is hard work and quite underpaid everywhere but I think it is very enjoyable and fulfilling. I have worked with new FIs who were not lucky in their training and they got to be excellent FIs at the end. On the other hand I have worked with elite school graduates that had no interest in what they were doing and in the long run they under performed. I would suggest you to visit a flight school and if they people look alright, and they have the materials (briefing, notes etc) go for it. best of luck!

Airgus
26th Mar 2019, 12:21
I did mine in the UK a few years ago and I was rather lucky to receive very good instruction in all areas. Initial training is important but in any case you will have to do a lot of studying/work yourself anyway. Even if you don't end up completing a brilliant FI course, if you have the passion for training, dedication and commitment, you will get there. It is hard work and quite underpaid everywhere but I think it is very enjoyable and fulfilling.

Well said, it requires a lot from you after getting the rating.

danielplainview
26th Mar 2019, 17:34
Thanks Airgus,

Fly in Spain looks interesting... did you end up working there?

olster
17th Apr 2019, 11:27
Andrewsfield, UK always seems to have a good reputation.

danielplainview
17th Apr 2019, 11:47
Yeah, Iíve heard about them, also Booker I believe. Thanks for your message