The Independent Flight Examiners' Association

IFEA The Independent Flight Examiner Association has been in existence now for four years. It has attracted almost 150 members including flight and ground examiners from PPL to ATPL and beyond. It was created to improve and encourage the standards of flight examining in the UK and to assist the CAA in this goal as well as protect the interests of Flight and Ground examiners. As such, it has successfully achieved fee increases for flight examining and represented examiners in discussions with the Authority on several topics. It’s not been easy. The CAA were not keen to relinquish any control.

Since those early days and following on from this success for Examiners it was felt that Instructors too were under- represented in the UK and no one organisation has ever had this group’s interests at heart. Consequently, IFEA decided in February to expand its scope of interest to include both Flight and Ground Instructors, who will now have their own forum on the IFEA website. The forums for both examiners and instructors are effectively a crew room in which valuable information is available for discussion. At the same time IFEA can offer advice and help to instructor and examiner members alike.

Since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic and at least until 31st August, membership is completely free to any examiner, flight or ground instructor who wishes to join. No pre-payment is required and membership will now run from 1st September, 2020 to 31st August 2021. Examiners will have access to both forums; instructors will have access only to the instructor forum.

So, if you wish to be part of the Instructor or Examiner forum simply go to the IFEA membership section and join. The strength of the organisation is within its members.

Stop Press: We are delighted to welcome Alex Whittingham, Managing Director of Bristol Ground School to the panel of IFEA's Directors. Alex will, in particular, be representing the interests of all ground-school instructors and will be IFEA's voice in this respect.

IFEA has now opened its doors to Instructors, flight and ground as well as students in order to facilitate communication from every area of training and examining.