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Diploma of Aviation
(Instrument Rating)

Gain the qualifications and experience needed to become a commercial pilot and the potential to work across the diverse charter, aeromedical, passenger transport, photography and survey industries. Commercial pilots holding an Instrument Rating can carry out their role in a broader range of meteorological conditions and at night, using navigation aids. Instrument Rating training in this diploma programme is conducted on a multi-engine aircraft. The Diploma therefore includes the training necessary to obtain a CASA multi-engine rating.

Delivery Locations

Authentic Training Environment

As part of the Tisdall Aviation Group, Flight One Academy has a unique capacity to provide students with the opportunity to undertake training within the context of a genuine aviation industry setting. Tisdall Aviation Group operates a charter fleet and FBO service directly from the training base.

Regular Intakes
Tuition Fees
VSL Approved
4 months
Study Mode
On Campus


You Pay: $0 Gap
$38,760 Full Fee Amount
$38,760 Loan Amount
$81,111 Indexed Loan Cap

Non-tuition fees apply. See details below.
VET Student Loan available subject to eligibility and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth.

Qualification Overview

Why Study A Diploma Of Aviation?

Studying the Diploma of Aviation with Flight One Academy is the first step in your journey towards becoming a professional pilot. Training is conducted in phases.

These phases are set to align to CASA licensing requirements; meaning graduates move into industry with nationally recognised qualifications, in addition to licensing by the peak regulatory authority.

Upon completion of your CPL phase, you will become eligible to undertake the Multi-engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) programme.

Once achieved, the MEIR gives you the skills needed to pilot commercial flights in poor weather, at night and in other low – visibility conditions in a single or twin engine aircraft for which you are endorsed.

Things You’ll Learn

  • Operate twin engine aircraft
  • Operate and navigate aircraft using flight instruments
  • Perform instrument arrivals and departures
  • 2D global navigation satellite system
  • Implement threat and error management strategies

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans are available to eligible applicants and provides cover for up to the full course tuition fee amount for this offering. (VET Student Loans are available subject to eligibility requirements and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth.)

Flexibility to Suit Your Needs

Due to our extensive aircraft fleet, there are a number of options that you can consider in the selection of training aircraft for the Multi-engine Instrument Rating. Contact our flight training team to discuss the best arrangements to suit you or make an appointment to come to the campus and see the fleet first hand.

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Meet your Instructors

Clint Dudman

Head of Operations (Chief Instructor)
Clint is a flight training veteran, with over a decade of commercial piloting and aviation training experience. Clint is also the linchpin of Flight One - our CASA approved flight training and charter operation.

Tim Enright

Flight Instructor (Grade 1)
Tim is qualified as a Multi Engine and Instrument Flight Rated Grade One Instructor. As a flight training veteran with over twenty-three years in the aviation industry, no challenge is too big for Tim to solve. With his ability to jump into any of our various flight training programmes, Tim’s experience proves invaluable to the rest of the team.

Remy Harmon

Flight Instructor (Grade 1)
A long serving member of the Flight One team, Remy is a Multi IR instructor rated to fly everything in the fleet including the B200 KingAir. With a keen eye towards aircraft scheduling and maintenance requirements, Remy is a huge asset to our flight training team.

Course Details

Course Details

Course Details

Qualification AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)
Training Provider Flight One Academy (RTO 45165)
Training Location Archerfield Airport, Brisbane


Flight One Academy has the privilege of being both a CASA certified Flight Training Organisation and a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). This combined certification allows us to deliver theory and practical training and assessments toward Australian Pilot Licences through a formal diploma and offer VET Student Loans as a payment option.

Flight One Academy delivers a CASA Part 141 aligned Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) programme. The programme is usually delivered in tandem with a twin engine qualification.

Training is conducted at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, Australia, via face to face classroom learning by experienced aviation trainers utilising authentic training equipment and aircraft to supplement the quality theory training.

As part of a broader aviation group that includes VIP and business chartering, airport FBO services and CASA approved aircraft maintenance and repair operations, we are able to offer a genuinely industry driven, innovative programmes with integrated theory and practical training to ensure that you are job ready upon graduation. Please visit About Us to learn more about our Academy and the wider Tisdall Aviation Group.

We will help you build the skills and experience to ignite a lifelong career in aviation, and help progress you through to a dream role – whether your dream is in charter, freight, general aviation or flying with a domestic or international airline.

About the Instrument Rating

Commercial pilots carry out the safety critical activity of flight for reward in support of a wide range of clients. The vast array of activities undertaken include charter, aeromedical, passenger transport, photography and survey work.

Commercial pilots holding an Instrument Rating can carry out their role in a broader range of meteorological conditions using navigation aids like:

  • Non-Directional Beacons (NDB)
  • VHF Omni Directional Radio Ranges (VOR)
  • Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) / Localisers (LLZ)
  • Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) or GPS Arrival systems (DGA)
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

The demand for qualified pilots is an international trend, and the instrument rated pilot is a step ahead in employability due to their capacity to operate both visually and in inclement weather.


Our MEAIR programme is designed around the concept of industry readiness – providing each graduate with the CASA theory and associated examinations required.

The course includes formal theory training aligned to the knowledge requirements within the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, and assessments that are delivered under Flight One’s CASA Part 141 Flight Training Organisation Approval Certificate. When combined with our extensive practical training, this structure empowers our graduates and prepares them to seize career opportunities as they arise.

To be eligible to gain multi-engine and instrument ratings, candidates must meet CASA’s stipulated requirements including exams and flight tests conducted by CASA appointed testing officers.

The expected outcomes of this course, subject to demonstrated competencies and CASA requirements, are:

  • AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)
  • Instrument Rating
  • Multi-engine Rating
  • Area Navigation (RNAV)

Training & Assessment Arrangements

Training is conducted at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, Australia, via face to face classroom learning by experienced flight instructors utilising an extensive training fleet and simulators.

Assessments for this programme are conducted and invigilated in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Assessments may include, but are not limited to, multiple choice, short answer, short essays, group work under observation and practical aviation assessments (flight tests).

Recognition For Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants with well documented previous training and/or experience may be eligible for Recognition for Prior Learning toward Units of Competency included in this qualification. Please advise at the time of application if you are seeking RPL.

Delivery Mode

The course is delivered face to face on campus, supported by online learning facilities. Students undertaking this course are expected to wear the college uniform provided.

Tuition Fee Details

Domestic Student Tuition Fees – VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is approved for the Commonwealth Government VET Student Loan scheme with no out of pocket “gap” fee to pay upfront. There are, however, some expenses you will need to pay yourself as some items can not be covered by a VET Student Loan. All amounts are in Australian Dollars.

Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) Tuition Fee Information:

  • Total Gap Fee for this qualification you will need to pay upfront: $0
  • Maximum Loan Cover for this qualification: $38,760
  • VSL Indexed Loan Cap for this qualification: $81,111
  • Full Tuition Fee for this qualification: $38,760

VET Student Loan availability is subject to eligibility requirements and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth. Please visit our VSL Page for further details.

Domestic Student Tuition Fees – Self Funded

If you do not wish to, or are not eligible to use VSL to pay your tuition fees, you are welcome to pay the Full Tuition Fee for this qualification directly (self-funding) on an instalment schedule. You can also mix the use of VET Student Loans and self funded payments.

Instalments & VSL Schedules

Regardless of the method you use to fund your payable tuition fee payments (VSL gap or self-funding) the payable amount will be scheduled into small regular instalments through a payment plan that will be detailed on your Letter of Offer.

VET Student Loan availability is subject to eligibility requirements and creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth. Please see the Tuition Fee VSL Schedules below and visit our VSL Information page for guidance and instructions if you are planning to use VET Student Loans to assist with the payment of your tuition fees. You can also view the relevant policies on our Policies & Procedures page.

Additional (Non-Tuition) / Other Fees

There are costs associated with this qualification that are not included in the tuition fees (and therefore, in accordance with ASQA regulations, are not eligible for VET Student Loans cover). It is important to be financially prepared for these costs to reduce the likelihood of disruptions to your training.

  • Material Fee ($600 approx): The Material Fee will be stated in the Letter of Offer and is paid upon acceptance of the offer. The Material Fee covers various training materials required upon commencement of the course including (but not limited to):
    • En-Route Chart low – Full Set
    • Terminal Area Charts – Full Set
    • DAP East Complete Includes Binder
    • DAP West Complete Includes Binder
    • Bob Tait IREX Textbook
  • Pilot Headset: You are required to supply your own pilot headset.
  • Aviation Medical Examinations: Trainees are required to cover any costs associated with gaining a Class 1 Aviation Medical and must hold the Class 1 Aviation Medical at the time of commencing this qualification.
  • Aviation Security ID Card (ASIC): All trainees will be required to successfully apply for an ASIC costing approximately $230. This is done through a third party and assistance will be provided during the onboarding stage prior to commencement if you do not already have one.
  • Remedial Flights: Trainees should expect that from time to time, remedial flights may be necessary, or may wish to voluntarily repeat a flight. Fees associated with remedial flights will need to be paid at the time of booking and can not be covered by VET Student Loans. The cost of remedial flights depend on the nature and length of the repeated lesson and can range from $480 to over $2,000 each. It is therefore essential that trainees have some savings or credit set aside for remedial flights to avoid the possibility of training being suspended.
  • Exams: Additional or repeated exams are not included in the tuition fees (and are therefore not covered by VET Student Loans).
  • Options / Upgrades: Pilot trainees who request additional optional flights and/or aircraft upgrades that are not part of a VET Student Loans Unit that we offer will incur additional fees that are not covered by VET Student Loans.

Tuition Fee Schedules - VET Student Loans

2023 VSL Schedules

Intakes 17 JAN 2023

AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)

VSL Unit Start Date Census Date End Date VSL Loan Amount Gap Amount EFTSL
MEIR1 17/01/2023 24/01/2023 09/02/2023 $ 6,460 $ 0.00 0.06
MEIR2 10/02/2023 17/02/2023 09/03/2023 $ 6,460 $ 0.00 0.06
MEIR3 10/03/2023 15/03/2023 27/03/2023 $ 6,460 $ 0.00 0.04
MEIR4 28/03/2023 06/04/2023 02/05/2023 $ 6,460 $ 0.00 0.07
MEIR5 03/05/2023 09/05/2023 22/05/2023 $ 6,460 $ 0.00 0.04
MEIR6 23/05/2023 31/05/2023 20/06/2023 $ 6,460 $ 0.00 0.06
$ 38,760 $ 0.00 0.34


Future Intakes

We will publish further intakes for 2023 during the first quarter of the year, as we are awaiting additional aircraft and don’t want to become over committed in the event of logistics or supply chain issues.


Intakes 15 OCT 2022

Programme: AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)
Commencement: 15 October 2022
Duration: 17 weeks
Provider: Flight One Academy RTO 45165
Location: Archerfield
Total Tuition Fee: $38,243
Course VSL Cap: $81,111
Course VSL Cover: $38,243
Total Gap Fee: $0

VSL Unit Start Date Census Date End Date VSL Loan Amount Gap Amount
MEIR1 11/10/2022 18/10/2022 03/11/2022 $ 2,215.00 $ 0.00
MEIR2 04/11/2022 11/11/2022 30/11/2022 $ 1,510.00 $ 0.00
MEIR3 01/12/2022 06/12/2022 15/12/2022 $ 2,505.00 $ 0.00
MEIR4 16/12/2022 26/12/2022 18/01/2023 $ 9,110.00 $ 0.00
MEIR5 19/01/2023 25/01/2023 07/02/2023 $ 7,845.00 $ 0.00
MEIR6 08/02/2023 15/02/2023 07/03/2023 $ 15,058.00 $ 0.00
$ 38,243.00 $ 0.00


Units of Competency

Core units


Implement threat and error management strategies


Manage safe flight operations


Plan a flight under instrument flight rules


Navigate aircraft under instrument flight rules


Operate and manage aircraft systems


Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments


Conduct a 2D instrument approach


Perform instrument arrival and standard arrival route procedures


Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night


Perform non-published instrument departure procedures


Perform published instrument departure procedures


Perform visual circling approach


Conduct a 2D global navigation satellite system non-precision instrument approach

Specialist elective units


Operate a multi-engine aeroplane

Entry Criteria

Academic Criteria

  • Australian Year 12 (Senior High School) Certificate of Education; or
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) diploma; or
  • successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), or at a level in a framework that preceded the AQF that is equivalent to level 4 or above in the AQF or;   that has been assessed by a Federal, State or Territory government agency which assesses overseas qualifications (or an organisation contracted by such an agency to undertake such assessments) as equivalent or comparable to a qualification referred to in the VET Student Loans Rules; and the course for the qualification was delivered in English.
  • If you cannot provide the above documents, you will be required to display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy. We will assess your competence using the Australian Government approved assessment tool — LLN Robot, or other approved tool of our choice.

CASA Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) & Approved Aeronautical Experience

Entry into this Diploma programme requires that you hold a valid Australian CPL-A and flight records. Aeronautical experience will be checked and must be approved by a senior flight instructor prior to commencement.

CASA English Language Criteria

CASA has requirements for the minimum standards of English language. Trainees will undergo testing to gain CASA certification (at a minimum of level 4) of their aviation English standard.

CASA Medical Criteria for Licencing

A valid Class 1 medical certificate is a course commencement requirement. This medical certificate must remain valid for the duration of the course and is the responsibility of the student to maintain. Students who have not received their Class 1 Certificate from CASA by the commencement date will not be able to commence and will be deferred to the next available intake.

Details and further information are available from CASA – https://www.casa.gov.au/licences-and-certificates/aviation-medicals/medical-certificates.

Aviation Security Clearance

Candidates will need to be eligible to apply for an Aviation Security ID Card (ASIC). This includes police clearance by way of a background criminal check that can include:

  • National police check
  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission criminal assessment
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation national security assessment
  • Department of Home Affairs Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system check

If you have significant criminal history, you may not be eligible to hold an ASIC.

ASIC applications require support for operational needs. This is provided to you by us after your successful enrolment along with instructions for lodging an ASIC application.

VET Student Loans Criteria

There are specific criteria for use of the VET Student Loans scheme. Please visit our VSL Page for further details.

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Why Study with ?

Nationally Recognised Training Delivered by Industry, For Industry.

Delivering Safe Flight for 11 Years

Our safety culture is the single fundamental value driving every business in our group, from the way we run charter operations, maintain aircraft, facilitate travel, and crucially train our students. Because of this safety first, safety always philosophy, Tisdall Aviation Group ultimately crafts better pilots, better engineers, and better managers.

Part of a Large Aviation Group

Because TAG offers the full stack of aviation services – from charter, to maintenance, training, and lounge & ground services, our training pilots and engineers get a thorough understanding of how industry really works; plus, they get to meet and chat with the people who make things happen.

Respected by Industry

Our pilots, engineers and managers are sought-out by industry, because our graduates meet their needs. Industry members select our services because we genuinely care about building their careers, and helping them grow professionally, and move up in their jobs.

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