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

The training is generally conducted in multi-engine aircraft, however it may be conducted in single engine aircraft with suitable performance capabilities.

Undertaking the CIR in Tasmania offers you many advantages. We have the facilities, staff and environment to ensure you receive the best in authentic instrument training.


The Command Instrument Rating (Multi Engine) requires a minimum of 40 hours instrument flight time including 20 hours cross country Instrument Flight and 10 hours instrument flight instruction time. Up to 20 hours of training will be conducted on an approved flight simulator.

There is one theory exam to complete for the CIR.

Why fly with us?

We own and operate Cambridge Airport (YCBG), which is positioned right next to Hobart International Airport (YMHB). Cambridge is a quiet airport, and while in controlled airspace, operates with some freedom from Hobart Airport, giving minimal delays for training. As the airspace in Tasmania is relatively uncongested, Navigational Aids are available every day, including within 1 hours flying time you have access to:

  • 2 x ILS (Hobart and Launceston) – no need to “book” approaches, Hobart ILS is accessible easily from Cambridge
  • 4 x VOR (Hobart, Launceston)
  • 9 x NDB (King Island & Wynyard)
  • 8 x RNAV Aerodromes (Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Wynyard, St Helens, Strahan, Flinders Island & King Island)
  • 4 x DME/GNSS Arrival (Hobart, Launceston, Wynyard, & King Island)

All of our training aircraft are equipped with Garmin 430 type GPS, a standard in General Aviation aircraft, and trainees have use of our Elite Simulator, also equipped with Garmin 430.

You’ll get to fly in a variety of weather, experience both CAVOK and weather to the minimas, windy with mountain waves and calm days, night time sectors and daylight flights over the wilderness of the West Coast of Tasmania, a real variety and perfect training conditions.


The cost of the instrument rating varies to the aircraft you wish to use, the time taken and what qualifications you have prior to commencement. Our Multi Engine Command Instrument Ratings (MECIR) are conducted in a Beechcraft Duchess, unless the trainee chooses to conduct in one of our other aircraft, which include an Piper Navajo, Britten Norman Islander or Cessna Titan.

Our instrument ratings start at $17490* (GST Exempt course) for pilots who already have a Duchess Endorsement, already have 5 hours at night (and/or don’t wish to have night approval) and don’t need accommodation, ranging to $21000* for those needing night hours, an initial multi-engine endorsement. Please note, all our instrument ratings include RNAV, ILS, VOR, DME.

What else do I need to know?

This course does NOT include the IREX and must be studied for and passed prior to commencing this course.

Trainees have the option to enrol in a Diploma of Aviation, and receive GST exempt status for this course.

Trainees have the option of conducting their training and test in a Navajo, Islander or Cessna Titan for an additional cost, or even simply taking an endorsement on the aircraft at the completion of their Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating. We can also provide familisation training with our 737 simulator at an additional cost.

Please contact us for further information or give us a call (03) 6248 5390.




The Private Instrument Flight Rating (PIFR) allows private pilots to operate in private operations under the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). This rating was introduced to offer pilots the opportunity to conduct limited IFR operations as an alternative to, or an escape from, those situations of deteriorating weather or daylight where scud running, disorientation, controlled flight into terrain and loss of control accidents have been all too frequent.


Training for the PIFR includes instrument flight time both in the aircraft and simulator, and a written examination. A flight test is conducted at the conclusion of the training.

The rating is designed to be undertaken in two stages:

  • the initial issue; and
  • subsequent Flight Procedure Authorisations (FPAs).


The PIFR allows for instrument flight in private operations only. Any privilege used by the holder of the rating must be done so at exactly the same standard as an operation under a Command Instrument Rating, however the holder of a PIFR need not hold all the privileges required for the initial issue of the Command rating.

The concept is that the initial step in obtaining the PIFR is the en-route rating, which allows:

  • visual departure to Lowest Safe Altitude (LSALT)
  • climb, cruise and descent above LSALT in IMC
  • and visual arrival from LSALT

The holder of this rating may then add further privileges to the rating. Each of these are called Flight Procedure Authorisations (FPA’s), and include instrument departures, instrument arrivals, night operations, etc. By adding FPA’s to the basic rating the holder may build it up to the same operational standard as a CIR. The big advantage is that the FPA’s may be added as required and as the pilot gains experience in IFR operations, whereas to obtain a CIR all the privileges must be obtained in the initial issue.


Read more about the requirements for the PIFR.


Contact us to discuss the training and costs involved.


Night flying adds a new dimension to visual pilot flying. This will allow you to enjoy the different scenery of city night lights or the star constellations of a clear night sky. Alternatively, a Night VFR Rating (NVFR) will allow you to depart before first light or to arrive after last light – this adds more flexibility to your flying should you need to depart earlier or arrive later than the restrictions that daytime flying may impose.

Gaining a NVFR will add a new dimension to your flying skills and will include training using navigation aids such as the NDB and VOR, as well as the use of pilot activated lighting (PAL) at some aerodromes.

The holder of this rating is permitted to fly under Night Visual Flight Rules (NVFR) anywhere in Australia with passengers. Much of this training will also be useful towards gaining a Command Instrument Rating.

Your training will commence with night circuits. The cues used at night are very different from those used during daytime operations. Once your Instructor is happy that you have competently mastered the techniques, you will be sent for some solo consolidation of your newly developed skills.

Following the circuit training you will move further afield with night cross-country navigation exercises. You will learn lowest safe altitude planning techniques that allow you to safely maintain clearance from the ground during your climb, cruise and descent, as well as polishing your skills using radio navigation aids. At the completion of your training, you will need to complete a flight test – this is normally done by our CASA Approved Testing Officer.

Prior to undergoing the NVFR test you must hold a Private Pilot License (PPL) and have flown at least ten hours at night, including:

  • at least 2 hours in the circuit
  • at least 5 hours dual navigation instruction, including at least 1 cross-country flight of 3 hours duration covering at least 100nm

Read further information on requirements for the NVFR here.


The instructor rating is a great way to take your career to another level as either a career instructor or as a valuable component of your commercial career.

The Instructor Rating consists of 50 hours of flight training and between 50 and 100 hours of ground training.

Ground and theory component

You’ll begin your instructor rating in the classroom where one of our experienced instructors will guide you through delivering long briefings and pre-flight briefings. Your aeronautical knowledge will be greatly expanded and challenged as you learn to teach sequences from effects of controls to basic instrument flying, short field operations and night navigation.

The ground course in Principles and Methods of Instruction is conducted as a series of briefings and discussions at regular intervals throughout your training.

Flight training component

The flight training is divided into 30 hours dual training with a Grade 1 instructor and 20 hours mutual training with another instructor trainee or Grade 2 or 3 instructor acting in that role. The flight component is conducted in both the Cessna 172 and the Cessna 206 and you will learn to fly precisely and accurately as this is what flight instructing is all about!

For more information on the requirements of the Instructor Rating, please click here.


The cost for the Flight Instructor Rating is approximately $18,000 – depending on your existing qualifications. Please contact us to discuss your training and to get an individual quote.

Optional component: Multi-Engine Training Approval

Multi-Engine Training Approval (META) is an add-on to an existing instructor rating. Commercial pilots who hold an instructor rating and have a minimum 50 hours in command of multi-engine aeroplanes of which not more than 25 is ICUS are eligible to undertake our Multi-Engine Training Approval course. This includes briefings on aeroplane systems, general handling, and asymmetric handling and performance. The training is conducted in either the Islander or the Aero Commander. CASA recommends 16.5 hours of classroom time, 1 hour of synthetic trainer time and 9.5 hours of flight time for the issue of Multi-Engine Training Approval.

Contact us to discuss the training and costs.