Airborne Aviation Flight Instructor Rating

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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 (Mutual)


Flight Training and Experience Requirements

Requirements for the issue of a Flight Instructor Rating are detailed in Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 61. The requirements are summarised as follows:

  • Hold a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Hold a Spin Flight Activity Endorsment


Course Details

The course consists of four main components. It can be delivered full time, part time, or even casually - designed to fit in to your schedule and budget constraints.

At Airborne Aviation we believe to prepare you to be a flight instructor you should train to instruct on multiple aircraft types, as you will be expected to do when employed. A variety of aircraft will typically be utilised during your training including those featuring glass cockpits.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Instructor Flight Practice (Mutual)

There is 17 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 a junior instructor.

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At the completion of your course you will be examined and issued your rating directly by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).


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%

Examinations are booked through and delivered by Assessment Services Pty Ltd.


Flight Instructor Rating Course Estimate

Below is an estimate based on pricing current at 22nd December 2016 and assumes you are one of a pair of trainee instructors. We can endeavour to pair you with another trainee, however if we are unable to do this additional charges do apply and these have been outlined below.
 

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Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)

Ground School
- Theory Manual
- PMI Course
- Classroom Briefings (approx 100 hours)
$6,500
Instructor Flight Training
32 hours of dual flying with a Grade I Instructor including:
- 29.8 Hours C172
- 2.2 Hours 7GCBC
- Landing Fees (36)
- Movement Fees (33)
$12,205
Instructor Flight Practice
- 17 Hours C172
- Landing Fees (17)
- Movement Fees (17)
$2,504
Flight Test and CASA Flight Examiner Fees
- 2.0 Hours Solo Rate (C172)
- Flight Examiner Fee
- Landing and Movement Fee
$1,254

Estimated Total:
  • Price is exclusive of GST for applicable components.
  • Payment can be made as you go, pre-paid in full or via installments.
  • This estimate makes the assumption you have a trainee partner for both flying and ground school components.
  • Theory examination PIRC is not included in this estimate.

$22,463
   
Option 1: Unpaired Trainee Flight Practice
- 8.5 Hours Solo (C172)
- Landing Fees
- Movement Fees
- Junior Instructor (17 hours)
add $3,972
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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.


Questions?

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.