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Type Rating Instructor (TRITS) Course

Course overview

The course takes the candidate through the essential practical exercises of instruction required for Instructor Type Rating training. It is a demanding and testing exposure for the future instructor, to ensure training standards are maintained.

L3Harris can support the airline and individuals with the following instructor training courses:

  • Type Rating Instructor training
  • Part 1 - TRI teaching and learning course
  • Part 2 - technical training
  • Part 3 - flight instruction
  • TRI sim to TRI zero flight time (ZFT)/ LIFUS upgrade course
  • TRI/SFI revalidations and renewals

Part 1 Teaching and Learning

The first step to becoming a Type Rating Instructor or Synthetic Flight Instructor (TRI/SFI) is to complete the rewarding teaching and learning element of the course.
This 25-hour classroom-based course enables the trainee to understand learning and teaching techniques.
The competence of the instructor candidate is developed through theoretical and practical training. Practical elements include the development of specific instructor skills, particularly in the area of teaching and assessing threat and error management and crew resource management (CRM).
Special attention will be given to the candidate instructor’s approach and judgment, including their understanding of behavioral attitudes and variable levels of learning ability. During the training course, the candidate instructor will become aware of their attitude towards the importance of flight safety.



The course, delivered over 3.5 days (25 hours) at the London Training Center, will cover the core competencies required to become a successful instructor including:

  • Training philosophies
  • Evaluation of trainee performance
  • Learning processes
  • Methods of teaching/training
  • Creating an environment for progressive learning
  • Practical briefing, debriefing, and assessment techniques

Part 2 Technical Training

The technical theoretical-knowledge instruction comprises of 10 hours of training to build on and refresh the Part 1, teaching and learning subjects, and aircraft technical knowledge. It covers the preparation of lesson plans and the development of briefing-room instructional skills.

The type rating theoretical syllabus is employed to develop the TRI(A)’s teaching skills in relation to the type technical course syllabus. The course instructor (tutor) delivers example lectures from the applicable type technical syllabus. The candidate instructor should prepare and deliver lectures on topics selected by the tutor from the type rating course.

A proportion of the allotted 10 hours is integrated into the practical flight instruction lessons of Part 3, using expanded pre-flight and post-flight briefing sessions. Consequently, for practical purposes, Part 2 and Part 3 are considered complementary to each other.

Part 3 Flight Instruction

The course is specific to the type of aircraft the applicant wishes to instruct. It consists of at least 10 hours of instruction per candidate.
TEM, CRM, and the appropriate use of behavioral markers is integrated throughout all training exercises.
This course enables the candidate instructor to gain experience of training a variety of exercises, covering both normal and abnormal operations.
The syllabus is tailored to the aircraft type, and the exercises used are more demanding for each candidate.
The course trains the entire range of instructor skills to enable the candidate instructor to plan sessions, brief, train, and de-brief using all relevant techniques.
The course concludes with an assessment of competence (AoC).


  • 1 x 4-hour fixed-base detail
  • 5 x 4-hour full-flight details 
  • Flight instruction and assessment of competence

TRI Sim to TRI ZFT/ LIFUS Upgrade Course

For those undertaking an upgrade from TRI Sim to TRI zero flight time (ZFT) & LIFUS, this course consists of:

  • 1-day ground school and simulator module with the remaining modules, including commercial airline pilot training in an aircraft in-flight, carried out by the client airline

This training will include at least one sector observing a TRI(A) conducting actual line flying on a candidate after zero flight time training (ZFTT) or participating in a role-play sector. This is followed by the under-training TRI conducting a live sector under the supervision of a TRI(A).


FCL.915.TRI.TRI – Prerequisites

An applicant for a TRI certificate shall:

(a) hold a CPL, MPL or ATPL pilot license on the applicable aircraft category;
(b) for a TRI(MPA) certificate:
(1) have completed 1,500 hours flight time as a pilot on multi-pilot airplanes; and
(2) have completed, within the 12 months preceding the date of application, 30 route sectors, including take-offs and landings, as PIC or co-pilot on the applicable airplane type, of which 15 sectors may be completed in an FFS representing that type.


FCL.915.SFI.SFI – Prerequisites

An applicant for an SFI certificate shall:

(a) hold or have held a CPL, MPL or ATPL in the appropriate aircraft category;
(b) have completed, within the 12 months preceding the application, the proficiency check for the issue of the specific aircraft type rating in an FFS representing the applicable type; 
(c) additionally, for an SFI(A) for multi-pilot aircraft or SFI(PL), have:
(1) at least 1,500 hours flight time as a pilot on multi-pilot airplanes or powered-lift, as applicable;
(2) completed, as a pilot or as an observer, within the 12 months preceding the application, at least:
(i) three route sectors on the flight deck of the applicable aircraft type; or
(ii) two line-orientated flight training-based simulator sessions conducted by qualified flight crew on the flight deck of the applicable type. These simulator sessions shall include two flights of at least two hours each between two different aerodromes, and the associated pre-flight planning and de-briefing;

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