AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation -
Instrument Rating

Enquire now for enrolments in January 2023.

The Diploma of Aviation - Instrument Rating will provide you with the skills
and expertise to take off and land bigger aircraft using instrument operations
in a variety of weather conditions.

The qualification is widely considered a minimum requirement for employment
in the commercial aviation industry. On successful completion, you'll also be
awarded your Night VFR and Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Endorsements.

We recommend that students considering this course (AVI50519) also enrol in
AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation - Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane).
Completing a 'Dual Diploma' will enhance your employment opportunities, allow
you to graduate sooner and save you money on incidental costs.

Australian Qualifications Framework
Nationally Recognised Training
  • Overview

    After successful completion of this nationally recognised training course, you will receive a Diploma in Aviation - Instrument Rating as well as your CASA Instrument Rating. Students will generally complete 49 hours of flight training, with as much as 12.5 hours in our Diamond DA42NG twin engine aeroplane. The course also includes 5 hours night flying (real and simulated) and 21 hours in our Mechtronix DA40/42 Flight Training Device. You will also achieve additional endorsements including Night VRF Rating, Multi-Engine Aeroplane and 2D and 3D Instrument approach.

    * Flight training hours are subject to student progress. Additional hours may be required.

    When it comes to practical guidance and theory, you'll need to complete 24 hours of pre and post-flight briefs and 300+ hours of theory and self-study. You'll also be required to pass several in-house exams and flight tests as well as the CASA IREX exam. All classes are led by our experienced flight instructors who will help you to achieve your goals. Class sizes are intentionally kept small to give you the best opportunity to learn.

    If taken full-time, the AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation - Instrument Rating is generally completed in 16 weeks. Part-time study options are available if you only want your Instrument Rating without the Nationally Recognised Diploma. The course is conducted at our Port Macquarie campus at Port Macquarie Airport. All classrooms are modern and fitted with multi-media equipment for effective course delivery.

    Starting in January, our intake for our Diploma program is every three months. Applications for each intake close on the first day of the preceding month. Prospective students should expect to hear back from one our team within two weeks of submitting their application.

  • Requirements

    To be considered for this course, students must meet the minimum entry requirements. Please be aware, meeting these requirements does not guarantee entry.

    Students must be over the of age 18 prior to their first day of study.

    All eligibility requirements from the AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation - Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) apply and all certificates, including Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC), Aviation Reference Number (ARN) and medical exam, must be current and valid.

    Students who are enrolled in the 'Dual Diploma' program (AVI50222 and AVI50519) will be able to continue their studies without interruption.

    Students who do not hold an AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation - Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) but would like to study our non-accredited Instrument Ratings course, our CASA Flight Instructor course, or any other CASA endorsed program should contact us to discuss your training needs and options.

    Prospective students should also check the specific eligibility requirements outlined on the CASA website as well as any additional entry requirements that may be outlined in our enrolment form.

  • Core Units

    A successful assessment outcome must be achieved for at least 14 units comprising of:

    —   13 core units listed below, plus;

    —   1 general elective unit


    Implement threat and error management strategies


    Manage safe flight operations


    Plan a flight under instrument flight rules


    Navigate aircraft under instrument flight rules


    Operate and manage aircraft systems


    Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments


    Conduct a 2D instrument approach


    Perform instrument arrival and standard arrival route procedures


    Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night


    Perform non-published instrument departure procedures


    Perform published instrument departure procedures


    Perform visual circling approach


    Conduct a 2D global navigation satellite system
    non-precision instrument approach

    Elective Unit:


    Operate a multi-engine aeroplane

  • Outcomes

    After successfully completing our Diploma of Aviation - Instrument Rating, you'll be able to:

    • fly a multi-engine aircraft;
    • fly at night or through cloud;
    • advance your career as a pilot; and
    • add further ratings such as the Flight Instructor Rating to enhance your employment opportunities

    You'll also be able to continue your studies through the following courses:

    • AVI50319 - Diploma of Aviation (CPL - Helicopter)*
    • AVI50119 - Diploma of Aviation (Aviation Management)*
    • AVI60219 - Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Pilot in Command)*
    • AVI60119 - Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Chief Flight Instructor)*

    * These courses are currently not offered by AIAC.

    For further information on opportunities at the end of this course, visit the CASA website.

  • Pricing

    Our course fees are separated into two categories - tuition fees and incidental costs. When considering a course at AIAC, please take both categories into consideration.

    For full details, please refer to our schedule of fees and payment terms for domestic and international students.

    All prices shown are in Australian dollars and exclude GST.

    Tuition Fees

    These costs are directly associated with your training and are unlikely to change for the duration of your course. Please be aware, AIAC is not yet registered under the VET Student Loan Scheme and you will be required to pay for your tuition in full. While AIAC endeavour to absorb most of the extra costs involved in processing and caring for international students, regrettably we do need to charge our international students a little bit more.

    AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation -
    Instrument Rating
    Domestic $34,750
    International $38,250
    Dual Diploma
    AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation - Instrument Rating
    AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation - Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) By enrolling in the Dual Diploma Program, students save money by paying some fees only once.
    Domestic $124,500
    International $135,000
    Course Deposit Fee
    Course Deposit, Non-refundable. The deposit is taken as a down payment on the fees listed above.
    Domestic $1,500
    International $1,500

    Incidental Costs

    These are costs related to your living expenses and other study items and include rent, food, purchasing study materials (computers, pilot uniforms etc) and other associated costs. While we've tried to consider everything, the below list is not exhaustive.

    Recognition of Prior Learning
    Includes an assessment of your existing skills and qualifications, as well as a flight assessment at our Port Macquarie training centre. Not applicable to students who are enrolled in our Dual Diploma or who have recently completed our Commercial Pilot Licence program.
    Domestic $3,000
    International $3,000
    CASA Exams (x1)
    Payable to CASA. One attempt at each exam is included in your tuition fees.
    Domestic $191.66
    International $191.66
    CASA Flight Tests
    Multi-Engine Aeroplane (MEA) and Instrument Rating (IR) Payable to CASA. One attempt at the exam is included in your tuition fees.
    Domestic $1,500
    International $1,500
    CASA Medical Application Form
    Payable to CASA.
    Domestic $75
    International $75
    ASIC Card Application
    Valid for two years. Allow up to three weeks for delivery. Not applicable if you already hold a valid ASIC Card.
    Domestic from $234
    International from $234
    Student Visa Application
    Not applicable to International Students who already hold a current student visa. Visa extensions may incur additional costs.
    International from $630
    Immigration Medical Examination
    Not applicable to International Students who already hold a current student visa.
    International from $1000
    International English Language Test (IELT)
    Not applicable to students who are enrolled in our Dual Diploma or who have recently completed our Commercial Pilot Licence program.
    International from $400
    Late Payment Fee
    Domestic $150
    International $150
    Remedial Training
    Applicable to any student that may require additional flight training beyond the standard 50+ hours included in the tuition.
    Aircraft hire
    Domestic from $285 p/h
    Aircraft hire
    International from $285 p/h
    Overseas Student Health Cover
    This cost only applies if training exceeds specified course duration.
    International monthly $44