An Instrument Rating (IR) allows you to fly an aeroplane under the Instrument Flight Rules and in Instrument Meteorological Conditions.

A minimum of a PPL(A) or CPL(A) is required to begin this course. You will need 50 hours cross-country PIC, 40 hours of instrument time, 5 hours of night time (including 1 hour of solo night circuits) and a pass in the IREX exam before you can sit the flight test.

We conduct this course in combination with a Multi-Engine Class Rating to form our Multi-Engine Instrument Rating. This course is now also offered through TAFE Queensland as the AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating).

Instrument Rating (IR) - 40 hours (aircraft & sim) + flight test

  • 5 weeks (approx) full time.
  • State of the art Flight Simulator Training Device (FSTD) - our FRASCA RTD.
  • Comfortable, modern and industry relevant aircraft - Beechcraft BE58 Baron and/or Piper PA31 Navajo.
  • IREX theory course offered (3 weeks full time)
  • Students may be eligible to transfer from another instrument rating course to complete their training with us. Please get in touch to discuss your options.
  • Can be completed in combination with a Multi-Engine Class Rating

You will need to obtain the following in order to gain your licence. Information on these, and how to complete your applications is available with our course information package.

  • Private Pilot Licence PPL(A) or Commercial Pilot Licence CPL(A).
  • Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate.
  • Aviation Security ID Card (ASIC).

Previous flying experience, in some cases, will allow for a reduction in the amount of flying hours you will need to complete toward your instrument rating. Please get in touch to discuss your options.

IREX theory consists of one exam. You must achieve a pass in all the IREX exam to gain your Instrument Rating (a pass is 70%).

There are two main options for you when it comes to the theory aspect of your licence:

  • Full time classroom theory - our course is run as a 3 week intensive, taking you through all of the IREX theory for the exam. This option gives you a focused, classroom environment and the support & experience of our instructors to help you get the most out of your studies. Classes run Mon-Fri 7:30am - 2:30pm. Course dates can be found here.
  • If you are self-motivated, and pick things up easily, you may be able to self-study the theory component of your course. We can provide you with the materials & books you will need to go this route. Please contact us at [email protected] to find out more. We highly recommend getting your theory out of the way before you undertake the flight training components.

There are a variety of employment options available to a commercial, instrument rated pilot;

  • IFR Charter (Passenger, Freight, Mail runs etc.)
  • RPT
  • Coastwatch/Border Surveillance
  • Instructing
  • Airlines
  • Corporate Charter
  • Emergency Medical Services

Please get in touch to receive a full Schedule of Fees.

If you would like more information about our courses, and information on how to enrol, please fill out our enquiry form and we will get in touch with more information about the course. Alternatively, please give the office a call on 07 4772 4997 to discuss any of your training questions!