Airborne Aviation Diploma of Aviation AVI50415 (Instrument Rating)

This page contains details on the full time AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation course. If you are looking to do a course one-to-one at your own pace click here.

This course is based on the qualification listed in the the Aviation Training Package. The course duration is 12 weeks.

Why limit yourself to being a fair weather flyer? Fly through most weather with a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating!

Command Instrument Rating

The Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR) is the most demanding, challenging and rewarding qualification to obtain. This course will equip you with the skills to navigate enroute and depart/arrive in meteorological conditions requiring sole reference to flight instruments and navigation aids.

Airborne Aviation offer multi-engine command instrument rating (MECIR) courses utilising aircraft with the latest technology. On completion of your course a successful pass in the flight test will see yourself issued with a CASA Command Instrument Rating without restrictions, additionally a perpetual Private Instrument Flight Rating (PIFR) with all flight procedure authorisations.

The Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR) course has five main components:

  • Multi-Engine Aeroplane Class Rating
  • IREX Classroom Theory (Ground School)
  • Theory Examination
  • Simulator Training
  • Flight Training

Course Pre-Requisites

This course has been designed for a student that holds a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).

The Pre-Requisites for the course are;

  • Pass a Class 1 medical examination - refer to the CASA web site
  • Unless secondary school has been conducted in English, an IELTS score of 6.0
  • Must hold a CPL

Classroom Theory

The theoretical knowledge required by a student for the Multi-Engine Class Rating and the Command Instrument Rating is far more advanced than a Single-Engine (SE) Visual Flight Rules (VFR) pilot. Many hours of ground school will be conducted to ensure that all areas of this course are covered by both the MoS Part 61 requirement and the qualification requirements set out in the Aviation Training Package.

Once the student has a sound knowledge of the subject, they will have to sit a theory examination.

Instrument Rating Exam Structure

The Instrument Rating Exam (IREX) is a single exam.

This examination is outlined in Part 61 Manual of Standards (MoS) provided by CASA.

The pass mark for the IREX examination is 70%

This examination is booked by us and delivered by Assessment Services Pty Ltd located at Bankstown Airport.

Flight Training and Experience Requirements

Aeronautical experience requirements for the issue of a Multi-Engine and Command Instrument Rating are detailed in Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 61 Manual of Standards (MoS). The requirements are summarised as follows for the Command Insstrument Rating:

  • 40 hours instrument time total
  • 10 hours cross-country dual instrument time
  • 5 hours night flight total
  • 1 hours of night flight as pilot in command
  • 50 hours cross-country flight time as pilot in command

Approximately half of your instrument time will be completed in our modern synthetic trainer (simulator). The purpose of the synthetic trainer is to safely and economically teach you the procedures involved in both navigating and conducting departures/approaches utilising NDB, VOR, RNAV(GNSS), ILS and LLZ aids.

Diploma of Aviation AVI50415 (Instrument Rating) Course Costs

Below is based on list pricing current at 1st May 2018. As this is an intergrated full time training course, aircraft and instructor hire only become GST exempt.


Diploma of Aviation AVI50415 (Instrument Rating)

Multi-Engine Class Rating incl Test
- 6.5 Hours Twin-Engine Dual (PA34 Seneca II)
- 1.5 Hours Twin-Engine Solo (PA34 Seneca II)
- Briefings
- Flight Examiner Fee
- Landing Fees
- Movement Fees

Simulator Training
- 20 Hours Dual
- Briefings

Flight Training
- 24.5 Hours Twin-Engine Dual (PA34 Seneca II)
- 1.0 Hours Twin-Engine Solo (PA34 Seneca II)
- Briefings
- Landing Fees
- Movement Fees
- IFR Enroute/Approach Charges


Command Instrument Rating (IREX) Resources
- Theory
- Theory Manuals
- Jeppesen Airway Manual
- Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR)
- Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR)
- Civil Aviation Orders (CAO)
- Civil Aviation Advisory Publications (CAAP) (234-1(1)
- Practice IREX Exam
- Exam Fee (IREX)

MECIR Flight Test
- 4.0 Hours Hire (PA34 Seneca II)
- Movement Fee
- Landing Fees
- Flight Examiner Fee


  • Price is exclusive of GST for applicable components.
  • Payment must be made as per requirements on the Application Form.
  • All Theory Examiniations included in the pricing are 1 attempt only. If you fail a Theory Examination, you must pay additionally the required costs.


Why Airborne Aviation?

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