I share Pat’s despair at the EASA requirements for PPL instructing. I read about the Honourable Guild of Air Pilots instructor scholarships and thought that it could be my
opportunity to pass something on. Much like Pat, I am probably in a minority of pilots who only want to instruct and have no desire to be an Airbus driver. Sadly, I cannot afford the cost of a flight instructor’s course and my hopes of applying for the scholarship were dashed when I realised that one of the requirements was to have passed the CPL theory exams. An expensive and time consuming hoop to jump through even to be considered for a scholarship interview.
Although my flying hours are low in comparison to Pat’s, about 250 of my flights have been carrying passengers. I feel guilty flying with an empty seat! Maybe a certain amount of passenger-carrying flights should be considered as a pre-requisite in EASA’S long running review of flying training? Converting nervous passengers into frequent flyers would surely be high on the list of essential skills for an instructor. And I should also mention that I have almost one whole hour of human powered flight experience!
I realise that none of the above means that I possess ‘the right stuff’ for instructing but the same can be said for somebody who learns how to pass a CPL theory exam. I’m sure HGAP has good reason for a CPL theory pass to apply for their scholarships but if there genuinely is a shortage of career flying instructors then I appeal to the governors and funders of the GA world to give us skint but fairly experienced oldies a chance (I’m 43, you know)!
While I’m on my soap box, can anybody give a reason why my Ikarus C42 microlight hours don’t count towards revalidating my SEP rating? C42s can also be registered as Group A. The only reason the CAA could give me was ‘because it’s European law’. The Waxwing Ikarus C42 group at Kirkbride is the only reason I can still afford to fly powered aircraft. Niall Paterson, Whitehaven