Diploma of Aviation - Instrument Rating

CRICOS Code 03851K
RTO Code 45610

This course is designed to provide you with all the technical and non-technical skills to fly a multi engine aeroplane solely by reference to instruments in a variety of weather condi- tions. Within 17 weeks you’ll well on the road to becoming a highly sought-after commer- cial pilot, capable of gaining employment in a variety of flying roles.

Mastering the aeroplane’s instruments and obtain- ing an Instrument Rating will allow you to act as Pilot in Command (PIC) for departure, flight, and arrival without visual reference in marginal weath- er and low light conditions under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Being able to fly regardless of (almost all) conditions greatly increases your pilot career options.

During the course of your training you will learn about human factors impacting on instrument flight, to operate aircraft systems, and the planning and conduct of an IFR flight including performing instrument departures, arrivals and approaches. Below is a general timeline of the course:

Phase Weeks Milestone
11-2 Multi-Engine Class Rating
23-6 Ground School (IREX)
37-11 Instrument Rating (SIM)
412-17 Instrument Rating (Flight)

For detailed information on the qualification and units see AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) on training.gov.au.
A downloadable course brochure is available here in PDF format

On successful completion of the full course, students will attain:

  • An AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) – a nationally recognised qualification issued by Altocap Flight School as the Registered Training Organisation;
  • An Instrument Rating issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
  • A Multi-Engine Aircraft Class Rating issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

Altocap Flight School does not guarantee a successful education assessment to a learner undertaking this course.

AVI Unit Code
AVIY0072 Operate Multi-Engine Aeroplane
AVIF0029 Implement threat and error management strategies
AVIF0030 Manage safe flight operations
AVIH0013 Plan a flight under instrument flight rules
AVIH0017 Navigate aircraft under instrument flight rules
AVIW0032 Operate and manage aircraft systems
AVIY0033 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
AVIY0044 Conduct a 2D instrument approach
AVIY0050 Perform instrument arrival and standard arrival route procedures
AVIY0073Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night
AVIY0074Perform non-published instrument departure procedures
AVIY0075 Perform published instrument departure procedures
AVIY0076 Perform visual circling approach
AVIY0081 Conduct a 2D global navigation satellite system non-precision instrument approach
AVIY0045 Conduct a 3D instrument approach

Student support and experience

Altocap Flight School began in 2017 with a commitment to quality flight training and safety in an atmosphere of friendly comradeship. The directors and staff are all passionate about flying and their experience encompasses many years involvement with flying clubs and other aviation organisations.


Camden Airport is bounded to the south, west and north by the Nepean River. Road access is from the east via Macquarie Grove Road.


17 weeks full time, 20 hours per week minimum

Entry requirements

To be selected for a place in this course, you will need to:

  • Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane Category Rating);
  • English language proficiency standard described in CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards, Schedule 2 Competency Standards, Section 1 English Language Proficiency, GEL (General English Language Proficiency);
  • International English Language Testing System 5.5 or higher;
  • Demonstrated LLN performance at ACSF Level 3: Reading 19; Numeracy 21.
  • Satisfactory assessment in a Class 1 medical assessment conducted by designated aviation medical examiner (DAME);
  • Minimum age 18 years;
  • To demonstrate aeronautical knowledge stand- ards equal to that required for the issue of Com- mercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane Category Rating)
An application for Recognition of Qualification, Prior Learning and Current Competencies may be made by candidates with previous aeronautical experience.

Enrolment Procedure

Complete and sign the following documents:

You will be required to provide the following documents with your application
  • An Australian Commercial Pilot License
  • Apply for a USI with usi.gov.au
  • Higher School Certificate
  • Birth certificate or passport
In additional above (International students only)
  • Student VISA
  • IELTS Certificate
  • OSHC – Overseas Student Health Cover Certificate
Submit your application to admin@altocap.edu.au
Please add in the subject your last Name and ARN (Last Name – ARN)
Applications close Tuesday 1st March 2022, Start date Tuesday 15th March 2022.
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