Foreword: Flight Instructors Training School (FITS) is one of a kind in the whole world.
FITS is located at Peshawar Flying Club, and it trains flight instructors in
batches rather then individually.
Selected commercial pilots are trained in batches per year, in a 3-month rigorous
training/course. This the only channel in Pakistan for becoming an instructor, while
in other countries instructor ratings are given on individual basis, and can be
acquired from any flying club, school or even an independent instructor.
The chief pilot of FITS is Capt. Mohammad Asif Khan. He is credited with playing an important role in the
establishment of FITS.
Introduction: The recognition and importance of flight instructors cannot be ignored in expanding aviation industry. The process of imparting flying training to the flight instructors is a demanding job. This specialized training is based on accurate flying techniques, vigorous skill, sound background knowledge and extensive flight/ground training. In Pakistan General Aviation an acute scarcity was envisaged in terms of an institution where comprehensive formal training and proper grooming of the potential flight instructors could be bestowed. After deliberate study and various considerations Civil Aviation Authority decided to establish an intuition for conducting such courses. To undertake this demanding task Civil Aviation Authority had placed its confidence in Peshawar Flying Club for the establishment of Flight Instructors' Training School. The training of the first course was commenced on 2nd April 1996. Chief Minister of NWFP Mr. Aftab khan sherpao inaugurated the school.
High-ranking officials of CAA, and General Aviation and CFIS of the flying clubs attended the inaugural ceremony. The scope of this institution was extended to standardize the already trained flight instructors.
Chief Pilot FITS: The Civil Aviation Authority selected Capt Muhammad Asif Khan as a first Chief Pilot FITS. Capt Asif in an experienced instructor and has flown more than 5500 hours on verity of aircraft. He has served Pakistan Air force for 18 years up to the rank of Squadron Leader. He was commissioned 1978, in the GD(P) branch of Pakistan Air Force. He is graduate in aero sciences and a qualified Flight Instructor (QFI) from PAF Academy Risalpur. He has served Air Force in various capacities and has qualified a number of professional courses while serving PAF. His last assignment in the PAF was as a deputy director training officers in the Training Directorate at Rear Air Headquarters.
As a chief instructor FITS he outlined the syllabus, worked out other modalities and has played an important role in establishment and operation of this distinctive institution.
FITS Achievements: Since its inception, a total 70 instructors, 41 Assistant flight instructors in 5 regular FITS courses and 29 instructors in 5 standardizations courses have been trained by the FITS. In outlining the syllabus for different flying courses FITS has assisted the civil aviation.
FITS Instructors: To serve as a FITS instructor is a great honor as well immense challenging task. Due to imperative and demanding obligations, all FITS instructors are to be evaluated and approved by the CAA. It is worth mentioning that after graduation of the first batch, some of the FITS graduates were inducted as FITS instructors for subsequent imparting training. The following flight and ground instructors have the distinctive honor to serve as instructional staff in various FITS and standardization courses: -
Capt. J.M. Akbar (PAF)
Capt Muhammad Asif (PAF)
Capt Jamshad Akhtar (PAF)
Capt Vaqas Javed (PAF)
Mr. Shehryar Bin Aman Mufti (FITS)
Mr. Bilal Khan (FITS)
Mr. Mohammad Sohail (FITS)
FITS is the only flight
school in Asia recognized by U.A.E CAA. This is due to the efforts of a
FITS graduate Shehryar Mufti. Shehryar Mufti is credited with playing a very important role in the establishment of FITS.
Shehryar Mufti is also credited with the designing of FITS Logo (as seen on the top of this
For more information on FITS, please read the letter at the bottom of this page.
GCAA UAE Advisory Circular - Click to download
Photos of FITS Instructors
FITS Graduation - 1st Batch (1996)
FITS Graduation - 2nd Batch (1996)
FITS Graduation - 4th Batch (1998)
FITS Graduation - 5th Batch (1999)