I'm from Brazil, and I am working on an IFR certification process via AATD Training Course. We are having problems with the flight instructors; they must have valid IFR and CFI licences.

The instructors are pilots with more than 10000 hrs, that have already flown heavy jets and executive jets. Our national agency is not accepting our training program because they don't fly anymore and they don't have valid licences.

I would like to know how the certification process works in other countries, such as the US or in Europe.


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To provide instrument instruction the instructor must posses a valid CFI certificate with an "instrument airplane" rating. This is irrespective of the type of training device or airplane used with the caveat the instructor needs to be rated for the airplane (either flown or being simulated). In other words, if you cannot instruct in an airplane, you cannot instruct in a training device either.

The applicability of using the AATD is more of a program certification than an instructor pilot certification issue as there are different levels of training and special certifications for certain levels of training devices and simulators. See 14 CFR 61, 141, 142 for details about training programs and AATD use.

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    $\begingroup$ I'll dig up some references to link to when I have some time. $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 20:53

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