Airborne AviationDiploma of Aviation AVI50516 (Flight Instructor)

This page contains details on the full time AVI50516 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 14 weeks.

Do you have a passion for flying and want to share your knowledge, or perhaps a start to your flying career? A Flight Instructor Rating is for you!

Flight Instructor Rating

A Flight Instructor Rating is a challenging yet fun course that takes your flying skills and flight management to the next level. In some ways it is like learning to fly all over again, but this time learning so that you can teach others.

The Flight Instructor Rating (FIR) Course has four components:

  • Principles and Methods of Instruction (PMI)
  • Classroom Briefings
  • Instructor Flight Training
  • Instructor Flight Practice

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 Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

Flight Instructor Rating Exam Structure

The Pilot Flight Instructor Exam - Common (PIRC) is a single exam.

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

The pass mark for the PIRC examination is 75%

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

Course Details

The course consists of four main components.


Principles and Methods of Instruction (PMI)

PMI is a theory course that looks at how people learn, the best ways to teach, and some of the common difficulties that can arise in the student/instructor relationship and strategies to deal with them. It provides the basis for the rest of the Instructor Rating Course.



Classroom Briefings

This section of the course ensures that your knowledge is up to a professional level and will also improve your presentation skills. Two types of briefings are covered, long briefs and pre-flight briefs.



Instructor Flight Training

There is 32 hours of instructor flight training which is undertaken with a Grade 1 Instructor. During this phase you will be shown how to demonstrate, assist and provide critique to students in all flying sequences from ab-initio to commercial navigation.



Instructor Flight Practice

There is 5 hours of instructor practice with a fellow instructor trainee. This gives both trainees an opportunity to practice sequences and critique each other. If you do not have a fellow instructor trainee the practice can be performed with an instructor.


At the completion of your course you will be examined and issued your rating directly by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and issued your Diploma of Aviation AVI50516. You will also be issued a spin flight activity endorsment as this is a requirement to be issued a flight instructor rating by CASA.

Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor) AVI50516 Course Costs

Below is based on 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 AVI50516 (Flight Instructor)

Ground School
- Theory Manual
- PMI Course
- Classroom Briefings
Instructor Flight Training
32.6 hours of dual flying with a Grade I Instructor including:
- 30.6 Hours Dual (C172)
- 2 Hours Dual (7GCBC)
- Landing Fees (30)
- Movement Fees (28)
Instructor Flight Practice
- 5 Hours Solo (C172)
- Landing Fees (5)
- Movement Fees (5)
Flight Test and CASA Flight Examiner Fees
- 1.5 Hours Solo Rate (C172)
- Flight Examiner Fee
- Landing and Movement Fee

  • Price is exclusive of GST for applicable components.
  • Payment must be made as per requirements on the Application Form.


Why Airborne Aviation?

Selecting a flying training organisation is an important step when making the decision to add to your existing qualifications.

Visit our Why Airborne page to see what differentiates us from the competition.


Most commonly asked questions can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have any questions or would like to get started please do not hesitate to contact us.