Flight Instructor Rating

Do you have a passion for flying and want to share your knowledge, or perhaps a start to your flying career? A Flight Instructor Rating is for you!

A Flight Instructor Rating is a challenging yet fun course that takes your flying skills and flight management to the next level. In some ways it is like learning to fly all over again, but this time learning so that you can teach others.


The Flight Instructor Rating (FIR) Course has four components:
  • Principles and Methods of Instruction (PMI)
  • Classroom Briefings
  • Instructor Flight Training
  • Instructor Flight Practice
Flight Training and Experience Requirements

Requirements for the issue of a Flight Instructor Rating are detailed in Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 61. The requirements are summarised as follows:

  • Hold a Private or Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Hold a Spin Flight Activity Endorsment
Course Details

The course consists of four main components. It can be delivered full time, part time, or even casually – designed to fit in to your schedule and budget constraints.

At Atlas Aviation we believe to prepare you to be a flight instructor you should train to instruct on multiple aircraft types, as you will be expected to do when employed. A variety of aircraft will typically be utilised during your training including those featuring glass cockpits.

Principles and Methods of Instruction (PMI)

PMI is a theory course that looks at how people learn, the best ways to teach, and some of the common difficulties that can arise in the student/instructor relationship and strategies to deal with them. It provides the basis for the rest of the Instructor Rating Course.

Classroom Briefings

This section of the course ensures that your knowledge is up to a professional level and will also improve your presentation skills. Two types of briefings are covered, long briefs and pre-flight briefs.

Instructor Flight Training

There is approximatley 32 hours of instructor flight training which is undertaken with a Grade 1 Instructor. During this phase you will be shown how to demonstrate, assist and provide critique to students in all flying sequences from ab-initio to commercial navigation.

Instructor Flight Practice

There is 5 hours of instructor practice with a fellow instructor trainee. This gives both trainees an opportunity to practice sequences and critique each other. If you do not have a fellow instructor trainee the practice can be performed with an instructor.

At the completion of your course you will be examined and issued your rating directly by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Flight Instructor Rating Exam Structure
  • The Pilot Flight Instructor Exam – Common (PIRC) is a single exam.
  • This examination is outlined in Part 61 Manual of Standards (MoS) provided by CASA.
  • The pass mark for the PIRC examination is 75%
  • Examinations are booked through and delivered by Assessment Services Pty Ltd.
Flight Instructor Rating Course Estimate

Below is an estimate based on pricing current at 1st May 2018 and assumes you are one of a pair of trainee instructors. We can endeavour to pair you with another trainee, however if we are unable to do this additional charges do apply and these have been outlined below.

Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)

Ground School ———->> Price: $7,395
  • Theory Manuals
  • PMI Course (approx 20 hours)
  • Classroom Briefings (approx 100 hours)
Instructor Flight Training ———->> Price: $12,470

32.6 hours of dual flying with a Grade I Instructor including:

  • 30.6 Hours Dual (T6)
  • 2 Hours Dual (E300L)
  • Landing Fees (30)
  • Movement Fees (28)
Instructor Flight Practice ———>> Price: $1,478
  • 5 Hours Solo (T6)
  • Landing Fees (5)
  • Movement Fees (5)
Flight Test and CASA Flight Examiner Fees ———–>> Price: $1,062
  • 1.5 Hours Solo Rate (T6)
  • Flight Examiner Fee
  • Landing and Movement Fee
Estimated Total: ———->> Price: $22,405
  • Price is exclusive of GST for applicable components.
  • Payment can be made as you go, pre-paid in full or via installments.
  • This estimate makes the assumption you have a trainee partner for flyight practice component.
  • Theory examination PIRC is not included in this estimate.
Option 1: Unpaired Trainee Flight Practice ———–>> add $455
  • 5 Hours Instructor Only