Instrument Rating – single engine

The single-engine Instrument Rating course is an affordable way to enter the world of IFR flying. Learn in well-equipped aircraft, in real instrument conditions and with experienced instructors.

The single-engine Instrument Rating  qualifies you to fly cross country without visual reference to ground features in single-engine aeroplanes. This may include flying in or on top of cloud, or at other times when visibility is reduced below visual flight minimums.


The course covers all of the necessary skills, knowledge and experience for the attainment of a CASA issued Instrument Rating for single-engine aeroplanes. Topics include human factors, basic engineering to be able to operate aircraft systems, planning and conducting an IFR flight and performing instrument procedures including RNAV, ILS/LLZ, VOR and DME/GNSS arrivals. NDB approaches are an optional extra.


The Instrument Rating enhances opportunities to gain employment with companies conducting a range of operations including single-engine charter, flight instruction, aero medical, military, search and rescue1.


We also offer an Instrument Rating course for multi-engine aeroplanes. and an option to upgrade a single-engine Instrument Rating to a multi-engine rating.

 Course outcomes

On successful completion of the full course, students will attain an Instrument Rating with single-engine aeroplane endorsement issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

The Par-Avion difference

Undertaking the rating in Tasmania offers you many advantages. We have the facilities, staff and environment to ensure you receive the best in authentic instrument training. Our uncongested airspace has ample navaids and approaches available. Our aircraft and simulators are equipped with Garmin GPS equipment. Read more about how we can make a real difference to your training.


This course can be taken:

  • full-time over 6 weeks (on average) 2
  • or part-time on a flexible basis

Students can commence their training at any time of the year—subject to availability.

Flight training

The course is a blend of flight training, simulator training, instructor briefings, and a flight test at the conclusion. The pace of learning and scheduling of lessons is  tailored to each student’s availability and needs.


This rating course is best suited to pilots who:

  • want to learn at a time and pace that best suits them
  • are confident to study for the theory exam in their own time and do not wish to attend theory classes
  • wish to attain the CASA rating, but not a corresponding vocational education qualification.

Theory exam

We recommend that students undertake and pass the Instrument Rating Theory Exam (IREX) before they commence flight training. There are no theory classes in this course and the exam itself is not included in this course. If theory classes are available during the period of your training you have the option to attend these for an additional fee.


Entry requirements

CASA stipulates the following entry requirements for the Instrument Rating. Students must:

  • hold a current Private or Commercial Pilot License with 50+ hours solo cross-country time
  • hold a Class 1 or 2 Aviation Medical
  • 5+ hours night flying experience (including 1 hour dual circuits and 1 hour solo circuits). This can be completed as part of this rating course with an additional two hours in a Cessna 172 (see ‘Optional extras’ below).

What is included

  • Flight training including up to:
    • 22 hours – Cessna 172 2
    • 15 hours – simulator 2
  • Pre and post-flight briefings
  • Landing fees
  • CASA license and testing fees 2


Tuition fees $14,190.00 2  – covers all of the inclusions (above).
GST applies to this course and is included where applicable3.


Non-tuition fees approx. $588.25 2   covers one theory exam fee, study guide, AirServices publications and charts. Non-tuition fees are payable separately to external providers.


Optional extras (all incl. GST)

  • NDB approaches $528.00 2
  • Night VFR circuit hours C172 $770.00 2
  • Upgrade to a multi-engine Instrument Rating available (approx. 10 hours flight training + 1.5 hour flight test)

Payment options

  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Pay-in-advance
  • Interest-free-payment-plan

Find out more about our payment options

Accommodation and transport options

We have accommodation for students near our location and a daily transfer bus service to/from your accommodation and our training facility. We also provide a complimentary arrival and departure pickup and transfer service to/from Hobart Airport.

Take the next step

You can begin your application for this course today. It’s quick, easy and our online system will guide you through the steps.


If you’re not ready to apply yet, register your interest with us online. We’ll provide you with further information and updates on the course.


You’re also welcome to contact us – we are happy to answer your questions and provide further information about the course and other training options.



1 Attainment of the rating certifies that you have the necessary competencies to seek further employment as a commercial pilot. The rating does not guarantee employment or further employment.
2 Fees are based on average requirements for attainment. Where a student requires additional flying time, or more that one attempt at a theory test or flight test to achieve the required standard, additional fees will apply. Fees are subject to change.
3 GST is applicable to this course. An option for students is to attain their Instrument Rating as part of our Diploma course—AVI50519. The Diploma course is GST exempt and has the added benefit of theory classes.

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