Instrument Rating – Single Engine – Par Avion Flight Training

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Instrument Rating – Single Engine

Instrument Rating - Single-Engine


CASA Instrument Rating (single-engine)


C172 - 22 hrs
Sim - 15 hrs


1-on-1 briefings, support, resources


6 weeks full-time or flexible part-time

Tuition fees

$14,190 2

Fee options

Flexible payment options available

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

The Rating provides opportunities to gain employment with companies conducting operations such as single-engine charter, flight instruction, aero medical, military, and search-and-rescue 1.

This rating course is best suited to pilots who:

  • prefer 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 with a single-engine endorsement, but not a corresponding vocational education qualification.

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.

Learn in real instrument conditions

Experience a variety of weather and conditions

Well-equipped training aircraft

C172s with G1000 panels

Industry-experienced instructors

Our instructors are also experienced line-pilots

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 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.

The course covers all of the necessary skills, knowledge and experience for the attainment of a CASA issued single-engine Instrument Rating including 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 (see ‘Fees’ below).

Theory classes for the CASA Instrument Rating Theory Exam (IREX), and the exam itself, are not included in this course. You will need to undertake self-study for the exam and arrange to take the exam yourself.

Our instructors can provide you with advice on self-study strategies and exam preparation.

If theory classes are available during the period of your training you have the option to attend these at an additional cost (see ‘Fees’ below).

To attain the rating, you will need to:

  • pass the Instrument Rating (with single-engine endorsement) flight test
  • have passed the CASA Instrument Rating Theory Exam (IREX)

We recommend students undertake and pass the IREX before they commence the flight training in this course.

This course can be taken:

  • full-time over 6 weeks (this is the average maximum duration and actual duration may be less–depending on the student) 2
  • or on a part-time / flexible basis

You can commence training at any time of the year—subject to our availability.

  • 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

See ‘Fees’ for optional extras.

TUITION FEES $14,190.00  – covers all of the inclusions (see above).

NON-TUITION FEES approx. $588.25 2   covers one theory exam fee, IREX study guide, AirServices publications and charts – where applicable. Non-tuition fees are payable separately to external providers.


  • 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)
  • Interest-free-payment-plan
  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Pay-in-Advance

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To apply for the course you must hold:

  • a current Private Pilot License;
  • or a current Commercial Pilot License

To commence the course you must:

  • hold a current Private or Commercial Pilot License with 50+ hours solo cross-country time
  • hold a Class 1 or 2 Aviation Medical
  • have 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 2 hours in a Cessna 172, for an additional fee.

We recommend students undertake and pass the IREX exam before they commence this course.

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 learning time, or more that one attempt at an assessment 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 and the option of VET Student Loans.

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