Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (Diploma)

The Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating allows pilots to fly in full Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) at all phases of the flight, both during the day and at night in any operation permitted by the grade of pilot’s licence held.

If the weather conditions at the departure aerodrome or the destination are below the criteria for visual flight, the pilot is able to conduct either an instrument departure or an instrument approach by following a prescribed procedure.

It requires a certain discipline in following procedures and safely flying and navigating the aircraft by reference to only the instrumentation available to you in the cockpit.

Completion of a Command Instrument Rating is often a pre-requisite for a professional career in air charter.

Intended for

Students who want to further their aviation careers and have more flexibility in the types of conditions they may conduct air charters in.

Benefits and Outcomes
  • Real-life scenarios
  • Confidence in planning and conducting a safe IFR flight
  • Easy access to all navigational aids
  • Diploma in Flight Instrument
Qualification Structure

The course is able to be completed on a full time basis across 5 weeks, or on a part time basis as agreed with an instructor.

You can expect to fly a minimum of 40 hours across both the synthetic trainer and aircraft. Your training syllabus will encompass basic instrument flying, radio navigation aid tracking, instrument approaches and landing procedures, and emergency procedures.


Students will be assessed on their competency to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions at the conclusion of the course.


Upon the successful completion of the validation flight, the student will be awarded with a CASA Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating including the following:

AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instrument)
     A CIR allows pilots to act as pilot-in-command on a single or a multi-engine aircraft in cloud or marginal weather. This rating is available for students who hold either a CPL or PPL

Partenavia P68 or PA44 Seminole Endorsement

Endorsement on the use of: ILS, VOR, NDB, DGA and GNSS (RNAV).


Applicants are required to hold a CASA Commercial Pilot Licence and a current CASA Class One Medical Certificate. Adequate performance in both spoken and written English (for non-residents of Australia IELTS Level 6) is essential, along with adequate performance in maths.

Course Details

The Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating Course is estimated at $19,000AUD (as of July 2015). Payments for training are made as they are accrued. There are ancillary costs that students need to be aware of, not included in the above course cost estimation.

Students may commence the Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating at any time.

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