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Requirements for Issue and Renewal

An applicant for an Microlight Instructor Certificate must:

  • Be a current RAANZ member
  • Hold an Advanced National Certificate or higher or meet the requirements of this certificate,
  • Comply with Medical Fitness and Fit and Proper requirements,
  • Have completed not less than 150 hours Flight Experience in powered aircraft, which shall include at least 10 hours in Microlight Aircraft and at least 10 hrs cross country in powered aircraft.


If this is an initial issue-

  • The applicant shall first seek a supervising RAANZ ATO and discuss with him the applicant's suitability for the role, identifying any areas that may require further training or experience, and assessing interpersonal and communication skills. This training may be a mixture of flight and briefing work and may be carried out by other instructors as well as the supervising ATO.
  • The applicant shall also seek formal recommendation from their club, supporting their considerations for the role of Instructor and confirming the ATO who will be supervising the process.
  • Instructor training shall include how to give a briefing and demonstrate the flying skills required for each element of the pilot training syllabus. These shall be progressively signed off in the applicant's logbook. Emphasis should also include utilising the correct instructional techniques (eg the phases of 'teaching the skill'). The CAA Flight Instructor Guide should be used for reference throughout and for future training of students
  • Prior to undertaking the flight test for initial issue, shall demonstrate to a RAANZ Authorised Testing Officer their knowledge of all aspects of microlight aviation by completing a Microlight Instructor Oral Examination including the following subjects:
    • principles of flight;
    • VFR operations with particular emphasis on airspace considerations;
    • the preparation and operation of Microlight Aircraft (oral and practical);
    • micro meteorology;
    • Low Inertia performance characteristics;
    • the RAANZ certificate structure and use of the appropriate administration forms and manual;
    • Where candidates have most of their Flight Experience in Part 61 Aircraft special consideration shall be placed on "Low Inertia" performance characteristics;
    • Candidates will be assessed on their interpersonal skills and ability to pass information to a student;
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