GENERAL Aviation

INSTRUCTOR RATINGS

What is a flight instructor rating?

To obtain a Part 61 flight crew licence, rating or endorsement, pilots need to complete training which is delivered by capable and qualified instructors. Pilots who conduct this training must hold a pilot instructor rating.

There are two types of pilot instructor ratings:

  • flight instructor rating
  • simulator instructor rating.

Quality training underpins pilot competency – this is why the role of instructors is safety critical.

Instructor Rating Training Endorsements offered by Aircraft Australia

  • Grade 3 Aeroplane
  • Grade 2 Aeroplane
  • Grade 1 Aeroplane
  • Class rating training endorsement (class specific)
  • Design feature training endorsement
  • Instrument rating training endorsement
  • Night VFR training endorsement
  • Instructor rating training endorsement
  • Multi‑engine aeroplane class rating instructor training endorsement
  • Spinning training endorsement

Flight Instructor Grade 3 Aeroplane FI GR 3(A)

The Grade 3 Instructor Course is the first step in starting your career as a professional Flight Instructor.  Many people also use this qualification for use later on in the Airline system, as now to progress to the role of Training Captain a Flight Instructor Rating is a prerequisite.

  • Conduct flight training for the aeroplane category rating
  • Conduct flight training for a recreational pilot licence, private pilot licence or commercial pilot licence, other than basic instrument flight training
  • Conduct flight training for a recreational pilot licence endorsement
  • Approve a student pilot to conduct a solo flight in an aeroplane, other than the student’s first solo flight in an aeroplane
  • Conduct flight training for a single‑engine aeroplane class rating

Prerequisites

  • Commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence with the aeroplane category rating
  • Spinning flight activity endorsement

Flight Instructor Grade 3 Aeroplane FI GR 2 (A)

  • Conduct flight training for the aeroplane category rating
  • Conduct flight training for a recreational pilot licence, private pilot licence or commercial pilot licence, other than basic instrument flight training
  • Conduct flight training for a recreational pilot licence endorsement
  • Approve a student pilot to conduct a solo flight in an aeroplane, other than the student’s first solo flight in an aeroplane
  • Conduct flight training for a single‑engine aeroplane class rating

Prerequisites

  • Commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence with the specified aircraft category rating
  • Grade 3 training endorsement
  • At least 200 hours of flight time conducting initial flight training in an aircraft of the specified category

Flight Instructor Grade 1 Aeroplane FI GR 1 (A)​

  • Activities authorised by a grade 2 training endorsement
  • Supervise holders of grade 2 and grade 3 training endorsements in the conduct of flight training in an aircraft of the specified category

Prerequisites

  • Commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence with the specified aircraft category rating
  • Grade 2 training endorsement
  • At least 500 hours of flight time conducting initial flight training in an aircraft of the specified category

Class rating training endorsement (class specific)

Conduct flight training for the aircraft class rating for the specified class

Prerequisites

  • Commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence
  • Aircraft class rating for the specified class
  • At least 50 hours of aeronautical experience as pilot of an aircraft of the specified class

Design Feature training Endorsement

Conduct flight training for any design feature endorsement that the holder holds

Prerequisites

Private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence

Instrument Rating training endorsement

Conduct flight training for an instrument rating, private instrument rating, instrument endorsement or private instrument endorsement in an aircraft of the specified category

Conduct basic instrument flight training for an aircraft of the specified category

Night VFR training endorsement

Conduct flight training for a night VFR rating or night VFR endorsement in an aircraft of the specified category

Conduct basic instrument flight training for an aircraft of the specified category

Prerequisites

  •  Commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence
  • At least 20 hours of aeronautical experience at night as pilot of an aircraft

Instructor rating training endorsement

Conduct flight training for a flight instructor rating, simulator instructor rating or training endorsement in an aircraft of the specified category

Prerequisites

Commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence

Multi engine aeroplane class rating instructor training endorsement

Conduct flight training for a class rating (multi‑engine aeroplane) training endorsement

Prerequisites

  • Commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence with aeroplane category rating
  • Grade 1 training endorsement (aeroplane) or type rating training endorsement for a type of multi‑engine aeroplane

Spinning training endorsement

Conduct flight training for a spinning flight activity endorsement

Prerequisites

  • Private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence
  • Spinning flight activity endorsement