Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Aeroplane (Diploma of Instrument Flight)

The IR-MEA (formerly known as Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating or ME-CIR) allows pilots to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) in all phases of 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 a lot of discipline in following procedures and safely flying and navigating the aircraft by reference to only the instrumentation available in the cockpit.

Completion of a IR-MEA is often a pre-requisite for a professional career in air charter, aerial work, or airlines.

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

  • Easy access to all navigational aids in the Perth area.
  • Diploma in Instrument Flight at completion.
  • CLR-MEA and IR-MEA certification on completion.
  • Real-life scenarios.
  • Confidence in planning and conducting a safe IFR flight.
  • All instrument approaches included (NDB, VOR, ILS, DGS, GNSS-RNAV).

Qualification Structure

The course is able to be completed on a full time basis across 6 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 under the Instrument Flight Rules by means of a flight test by a Flight Examiner at the conclusion of the course.


Upon the successful completion of the flight test, the student will be awarded with an IR-MEA (formerly known as ME-CIR) including the following:

AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight)
CASA IR-MEA (Instrument Rating – Multi Engine Aeroplane)
CLR-MEA (Class Rating – Multi Engine Aeroplane)
Partenavia P.68B Endorsement
The following instrument approach endorsements: 3D (ILS), 2D (VOR, NDB, DGA and GNSS-RNAV).


Hold an Australian PPL or CPL.
50h cross-country Pilot in Command.
5h night flying, including at least 1h solo night circuits.
Hold a CASA Class 2 (PPL) or Class 1 (CPL) medical certificate.
Have passed the IREX (Instrument Rating Exam). Click here for IREX course details.

Note1: There is no prerequisite to hold a CLR-MEA (Class Rating, Multi-Engine Aeroplane) as this is included in the course.
Note2: If a CLR-MEA is already held, this would result in a reduction of approximately $1,500 of the course price.
Note3: The course can be started with a bare minimum of 1h dual night and 1h solo night circuits. In this case, one IFR NAVEX would be conducted at night.

Course Details

Students are reminded that the IREX is a separate course and therefore not included.

Students may commence the IR-MEA course at any time, but as courses are conducted in pairs it is advised to give some prior notice to allow us to pair the students.

Instrument Rating, Single Engine Aeroplane (IR-SEA) courses are also available on request to those candidates not interested in flying a multi-engine aeroplane.

What’s included

  • RACWA IFR study guide
  • 16.5 hours of briefing
  • 18 hours of dual simulator, 17 hours A/S
  • 25 hours of dual multi-engine flying
  • All instrument approach charges landing charges, and airways charges
  • Free simulator practice as determined by the flight instructor

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