Flight Instructor Rating

Learn to teach others the skills and knowledge required to fly an aircraft. This
is an excellent first-step towards an exciting career as a flight instructor.

Becoming an experienced flight instructor is an alternative pathway to that of a
charter pilot for entry into the aviation industry. It can also enhance your chances
of becoming a check and training officer should your career take that direction.

At AIAC, trainee flight instructors develop strong human factors skills, which are
sought after and used extensively in airline flightdeck operations.

  • Overview

    To obtain a Grade III Instructor Rating, students will generally complete 42.5 hours flight time in a Diamond DA20-CS. Once your instructor is confident of your abilities, you'll need to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in a 2 hour flight test with one of our Civil Aviation Safety Authority Flight Examiners.

    When it comes to practical guidance and theory, you'll be required to complete a minimum of 20 hours in pre and post-flight briefings. All classes are led by our experienced flight instructors who will help you to achieve your goals. Class sizes are kept small to ensure you get the best learning experience.

    This course can be taken full-time and is normally completed within 6 to 7 weeks at our Port Macquarie campus at Port Macquarie Airport.

    Intakes for our non-diploma courses are somewhat flexible. Classes dependent on minimum number of students. Please contact us for intake dates and more information.

  • Requirements

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

    You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrolling.

    To be eligible to apply, students must also hold a current Commercial Pilot licence and a Night VFR rating.

    You'll also need to have an Aviation Reference Number (ARN) or an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).

    Students must be proficient in English and meet the minimum English Language Proficiency requirements.

    Satisfactory completion of Year 12 or equivalent education is required. Under certain circumstances we may consider students who have not completed Year 12 or equivalent.

    All applicants are required attend an information briefing session.

    Students must consent to mandatory and random drug and alcohol testing.

    Applicants must be in a position to pay all fees and charges. Please be aware we may ask you to provide evidence.

    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.

  • Outcomes

    After successfully completing our Flight Instructor Rating course, you will:

    • receive your CASA Part 61 FIR (G3) with Spin Endorsement
    • join a highly respected and dynamic profession
    • work alongside domestic and international pilots and students
    • have the opportunity to develop your skills further through professional development
    • get paid to do what you love!

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

  • Pricing

    All fees shown are in Australian dollars and exclude GST.

    Tuition Fees
    Flight Instructor Rating (Non-Diploma)
    Domestic $21,000
    International N/A


    Additional costs such such as uniforms, CASA fees and medical related expenses are not included. Students have the option to pay tuition fees upfront or in weekly, pre-paid amounts.