UK Flight School is Looking for a Chief Flight Instructor for its New Flight School Base in Spain

05th Oct 2022

Well known Oxford, United Kingdom based Flight School Leading Edge Aviation is looking to hire a Chief Flight Instructor for its new Alhama Campus in Spain. Please see an extract of the job post below.

“Role Overview

Reporting to the UK-based Head of Training (HoT), the Chief Flight Instructor (CFI) is a post-holder nominated to and approved by, the National Aviation Authorities (NAA) covering the flight training courses carried out by Leading Edge Aviation Ltd (LEAL) at their Alhama Campus.

The CFI role is based at the Alhama Campus and is directly responsible for the day-to-day management of flight training and Flight Instructors (FIs) standards at the Alhama Campus.

Role Duties

As the role is based at the Alhama Campus, the CFI is responsible for aspects applicable to the operation there, including:

  • Manage the day-to-day flight training delivery.
  • Ensure the efficient use of all resources (aircraft, simulators and associated devices, FIs and students)
    • Working with the Centre Manager in planning the daily schedule and resolving issues that could affect training delivery.
  • Actively promote, review and develop the highest standards of training.
  • Ensure consistency of training being delivered by all FI.
  • Actively promote, encourage and maintain Flight Safety best practices and Threat Error Management (TEM) principles:
    • Ensure that all FIs and students comply with the LEAL Safety Management System (SMS).
    • Assist the LEAL SCM with any required reports or investigations from any incident or report.
  • Actively promote and review the use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and good flying practice.
  • Deliver the approved training courses, on behalf of the Head of Training (HoT), in a safe manner and to the highest standards in accordance with the regulations contained in the current regulatory documentation and company manuals.
  • Support the HoT with new course designs and training materials as required.
  • Deliver regularly updated management information and metrics to the Board of Directors, via the Chief Operations Officer to enable fact-based decision making.
  • Support the HoT with new course designs and training materials as required.
  • Carry out, on behalf of the HoT, the day-to-day supervision and course progression of students in the flight training phases
    • Conduct daily reviews of flight schedule prior to publication with Ops staff.
    • Manage daily schedule to deal with issues and opportunities.
    • Conduct weekly reporting of student progress to the UK-based HoT and COO.
  • Carry out, on behalf of the HoT, the day-to-day supervision and course progression of students in the flight training phases.
    • Delivery of hours targets, utilising management tools to deal with underperformance.
    • Personal goals are acknowledged and, where possible, worked towards.
    • Availability is balanced across LEALs planned operations (7-day week).
    • Completion of all admin tasks in a timely manner, including lesson reports.
    • Utilisation of all LEAL tools in the Virtual Learning Environment to aid student learning.
    • Completion of any other tasks as directed.
  • Maintain the company’s reputation and image at all times.
  • Liaise with the UK-based CTKI to ensure a smooth transition from Ground School to Flight Training for LEAL students.
  • Ensure students are fully prepared for the next phase of their training.
  • Inspire the FI and students to achieve the highest professional standards.
  • Represent Leading Edge Aviation to industry and NAA’s appropriately and to actively participate where required in the promotion of the business.
  • Be a member of the LEAL Management Team.
  • Any other duties that, from time to time, may be reasonably given by the HoT or any other senior leader.

Core Competencies


  • Extensive knowledge and experience of teaching at a professional flight training organisation as required by the relevant NAA’s.
  • Hold a minimum of an EASA Commercial Pilot’s Licence with relevant Flight Instructor, and other, ratings, to at least the equivalent to the course(s) being trained.
  • Hold (or be able to gain) a UK FCL900(c).
  • Completed 1 000 hours of flight time as pilot-in-command (PIC): At least 500 of those hours should be on flying instructional duties related to the flying courses provided, of which 200 hours may be instrument ground time.
  • To be acceptable as the approved post holder with the competent Authorities, across both UK and EASA.
  • Hold and maintain qualifications/currency in line with the Company requirements and the applicable regulations;
  • To be able to work at a senior level with competent Authorities and external executives;
  • To be able to work independently and on their own initiative when appropriate, and as a member of the Middle Management Team;
  • To have good report writing and IT skills.
  • Ability to drive and lead a team, dealing with underperformance through LEAL policies and procedures.


  • Previous experience as a CFI at an Approved Training Organisation..
  • Dual Licence (CAA and EASA) holder.
  • CPL examiner (CAA, EASA or both).
  • IR examiner (CAA, EASA or both).
  • DA42 and DA40 experience.”

To learn more about the job and to apply, click here.

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