Ratings and Endorsements
Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating (MEAIR)
The Command Instrument Rating (single or multi) is a professional qualification. You must obtain this rating if you wish to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions IMC for a living.
You will cover tracking and holding patterns on the Non Directional Beacon (NDB) and VHF Omni Range (VOR) as well as Approaches on NDB and VOR and the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Localiser (LLZ). In addition, training in GPS (RNAV) approaches is covered. Part of the training for a Command Instrument Rating is conducted in the simulator but most if it is in the aircraft.
You will need to hold at least a Private Pilot Licence or greater to undertake a CIR course and by the time you are ready for the flight test you will have at least:
50 hours cross-country flight time as pilot in command, 40 hours instrument time, not less than 20 of which are cross country 10 hours dual instrument flight time 10
hours night flight time of which at least 5 are as pilot in command.
In addition to the above flying hours, you must also pass the Instrument Rating theory Exam (IREX).
Training can be conducted in either our Piper Archer (single engine CIR) or Beechcraft Duchess BE76 (multi-engine CIR)
Approximate Cost for the ME Command Instrument Rating with VOR, ILS, LLZ, DGA and GNSS/RNAV is as follows:
CASA minimum requirements i.e. 40 hrs Instrument Time:
28 hrs on BE76 Duchess @ $585/hr = $16,380
20 hrs on PFC CAT III Synthetic Trainer @ $160/hr = $3200
1hour solo night BE 76 @ $585/hr
Briefings & Study notes $1000
Flight Test 2.5 hrs @ $485/hr = $1,462.50
Average cost using the BE76 Duchess = $22,627.50*
Plus Flight Test Fee = Price on Application
*Prices are subject to change. This is estimate on the minimum hours as per CASA licence requirements. This price can vary depending on each student’s individual needs.
*Casa requirement is 40 hours Total Instrument Rules
*Actual hours on aircraft will be more as Taxing and Landings do not account for Instrument Time.
Instrument Rating at Shellharbour
Shellharbour Airport is within 30 miles of an ILS (NOWRA) which is a great location as it gives Student exposure to Class C airspace and operations within a Military Control Zone.
Very rarely do you experience delays or unnecessary holding whilst operating into Nowra. Remember delays = fuel = added expense. Wollongong has its own NDB (Non Directional Beacon) approach, DGA (DME GPS Arrivals) and two GNSS (RNAV) approaches.As the airport is a Non Controlled aerodrome, this gives students plenty of exposure to CTAF procedures in IMC and the majority of airports in Australia served by instrument approaches are Non Controlled.
Night VFR Rating (NVFR)
Night VFR Rating
This rating allows you to extend your flight into the night if you are running late or have unplanned diversions etc. Although this rating allows for flights wholly at night, this is not recommended and allows for late arrivals from a cross-country trip.
The training consists of Navaid tracking and intercepts and night circuits. You will also conduct several Night cross country navigational exercises prior to attempting the Night VFR Rating test.
Approximate Cost of Night VFR Training
Flight Training – Piper Archer 12 hours dual @ $375/hr = $4500
4 hours simulator @ $160/hr = $640
Plus 2 hrs Flight Test Aircraft Hire @ $295/hr = $590
Average cost of Night VFR Training = $5730*
PLUS – Flight Test Fee = Price on Application