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Synthetic Flight Instructor (SFI)

This course is designed to train a pilot as a Synthetic Flight Instructor (SFI) on the DHC-6-400 simulator. After completion, candidates will have the technical and non-technical skills necessary to deliver type training in an FFS.

The objective of the Teaching and Learning modules are to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to SFI tasks, and are designed to give adequate training to the applicant in theoretical knowledge instruction, flight instruction and FSTD instruction. Safety awareness is emphasized throughout these modules.

The technical theoretical knowledge instruction includes the revision of technical knowledge, the preparation of lesson plans and the development of classroom instructional skills to enable the SFI to instruct the technical theoretical knowledge syllabus.

The type technical training syllabus is used to develop the SFI teaching skills in relation to the type technical course syllabus. The course instructor will deliver example lectures from the applicable type technical syllabus and the candidate instructor should prepare and deliver lectures on topics selected by the course instructor from the type rating course.

Flight Instruction will be conducted in the Level-D Full Flight Simulator (FFS). TEM, CRM and the appropriate use of behavioral markers should be integrated throughout.

The content of the training programme covers all the significant exercises applicable to the airplane type. Flight instruction training is completed on an FSTD for the SFI course, therefore the candidate will be restricted to giving instruction on FSTDs


Twelve (12) days, not including Assessment of Competence (if required).


An applicant for the initial issue of a SFI certificate shall:

  • Hold a CPL, MPL or ATPL pilot license on the applicable aircraft category.

  • Have Aviation English Level 4

  • Have completed the proficiency check on a DHC-6 in an FFS within the previous 12 months.

  • Have completed 1,500 hours flight time as a pilot on multi-pilot airplanes.

  • Have completed within the 12 months preceding the date of the application, 3 route sectors on a DHC-6.

Training Descritption

Ground School (GS)

Duration: 56 hours

Teaching and Learning – 3 days

Simulator Operations – 1 day

Technical Training – 4 days

Full Flight Simulator Training (FFS)

Duration: 16 hours FFS and 8 hours briefing – 4 days

Assessment of Competence (optional)

Duration: 6 hours – 1 day