AVI50415 – Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)


The course includes the underpinning skills required to support learning at the AQTF Level 5 (Diploma), as well as meeting all Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) licensing and regulations applicable to Instrument Flight Operations.

This course is full time over a minimum 20 weeks. Provided the student passes the exams and flight tests for the different levels they will have logged approximately 116.5 hours. These hours are broken down into phases with specific hours in each aircraft type for each level see table below.

Many students use this course to build the required hours to later complete their AVI20215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane). As part of completing this diploma you will build your required cross country solo hours, complete your Instrument Rating Theory Exam (IREX), attain your Multi-Engine Class Rating (MEA) as well as a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR).

Throughout our course we structure our theory into subjects allowing those students who wish to complete their CASA CPLA exams can do so.

Many organisations who are looking at taking on new pilots will consider someone with a MEIR before an applicant without.

Human Factors

Air Law



Ground Theory – Instrument Rating

Multi Engine Endorsement

Core units

AVIF0007Implement threat and error management strategies

AVIF0008Manage safe flight operations

AVIH0005Plan a flight under instrument flight rules

AVIH5017Navigate aircraft under instrument flight rules

AVIW5018Operate and manage aircraft systems

AVIY0001Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments

AVIY0013Conduct a 2D instrument approach

AVIY0022Perform instrument arrival and standard arrival route procedures

AVIY5024Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night

AVIY5027Perform non published instrument departure procedures

AVIY5028Perform published instrument departure procedures

AVIY5033Perform visual circling approach

Elective units

AVIY5023Operate a multi-engine aeroplane

• Commercial aeroplane pilot
• Commercial helicopter pilot
• Military aeroplane pilot
• Military helicopter pilot

• Face to Face Training
• Practical In-Flight Training
• Flight Simulation
• Briefings

• Practical Demonstrations & Verbal Q&A
• Written Exams
• Assignments


  • Minimum 18 years of age at the completion of the course
  • Hold or ability to hold a Class 2 Medical
  • Ability to hold an ASIC (Aviation Security Identification Card)
  • Hold a Private Pilot Licence (PPLA)


  • At completion you will have a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating, whilst still building the required time for a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPLA)
  • Fly under Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)
  • Fly a multi-engine aircraft
  • 116.5 hours of flight training experience

Course Structure and Time Allocation

Delivery Description Duration
 Classroom  Theory  4 Weeks
 Dual Single-Engine  Flight Training  31.5
 Solo Single -Engine  Flight Training  45
Dual Multi-Engine  Flight Training  15
Night Single-Engine  Flight Training 5
 Simulator  Flight Training  20
    Your Total: 116.5 hours +

Course Start Dates

We typically run multiple intakes for this course each year. To see when the next course runs click here.


Students who currently hold a PPLA: $75,000

Students who currently hold a CPLA: $38,500

Cost Inclusions:

  • All theory and text books
  • Course delivered via Ground Theory, Practical In-flight training and Simulator training

Cost Exclusions:

  • CASA exam fees
  • Additional training or tuition required to meet the standard
  • CASA flight testing fees
  • Landing charges and Air Services fees at aerodromes outside of Bacchus Marsh