School of Aviation

Diploma of Aviation (IR)


Gain the qualifications and experience 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 a multi-engine rating.

Next Intake

04 January 2021


$31,450 (Maximum course tuition fee, single diploma).
There are other fees associated with this course. Please see Course Details section for further information.
Installments available; VET Student Loan available subject to eligibility requirements.
VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth. Please visit our VSL Page for further detail.
The maximum VETSL debt for this diploma is $31,450. Please see instalment schedule details below.


3 months (full time)

Qualification Overview

Why Study A Diploma Of Aviation

Studying the Diploma of Aviation with Flight One Academy is an 18 month journey towards becoming a professional pilot. Training is conducted in phases, where you will build and expand your knowledge and qualifications across the study period. You will begin with the fundamentals of flight and basic aircraft handling skills required for a recreational pilot licence (RPL).

Entering the final phase, the Academy package a multi engine endorsement with Instrument Rating, the qualification required to allow flight in clouds, bad weather and night-time. Some of this activity is carried forward from your CPL instruction. This requires ~20 hours of simulator time, 20 hours of instrument flight with instructor and approximately 50 hours across instrument and multi-engine flight.

Things You’ll Learn

  • Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules
  • Operate aircraft at controlled and non-controlled aerodromes
  • Manage abnormal flight situations
  • Manage safe flight operations
  • Manage aircraft passengers and cargo

Entry Requirements, Cost, & Details

Course Details


Flight One Academy delivers a CASA Part 141 aligned Diploma of Aviation programme. The programme is usually delivered as a single engine qualification, but multi-engine elective options are available.

To maximise training efficiency and graduate outcomes, our Aviation programme is delivered to Diploma standards only, and are issued within the nationally recognized training Australian Qualifications Framework.

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.


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 Beacon (NDB)
  • VHF Omni Directional Radio Range (VOR)
  • Instrument Landing System (ILS) / Localiser (LLZ)
  • Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) or GPS Arrival (DGA)
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Area Navigation (RNAV)

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.


Flight One Academy’s School of Aviation is run by a team of current instructors and trainers from a range of backgrounds including civil and military. Our aim is simple – to deliver the training the industry wants and expects.

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


Domestic Student Tuition Fee:

$31,450 (Maximum course tuition fee, single diploma).
Installments available; VET Student Loan available subject to eligibility requirements.
VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth. Please visit our VSL Page for further detail.
The maximum VETSL debt for this diploma is $31,450. Please see instalment schedule details below.

Delivery Mode

The course is open only to students who already hold an Australian Commercial Pilot Licence and is delivered face to face on campus supported by online learning facilities and airborne activities where relevant. The course runs 4 to 5 days per week during term and attendance is compulsory unless otherwise approved by the Head of School.

Study Units


ASQA Units of Competency that may be used in the delivery of the course include:

AVIF0029 Implement threat and error management strategies

AVIF0030 Manage safe flight operations

AVIH0013 Plan a flight under instrument flight rules

AVIH0014 Navigate aircraft under instrument flight rules

AVIW0032 Operate and manage aircraft systems

AVIY0033 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instrument

AVIY0044 Conduct a 2D instrument approach

AVIY0050 Perform instrument arrival and standard arrival route

AVIY0072 Operate a multi-engine aeroplane (Elective Option)

AVIY0073 Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night

AVIY0045 Conduct a 3D instrument approach

AVIY0074 Perform non-published instrument departure procedures

AVIY0075 Perform published instrument departure procedures

AVIY0076 Perform visual circling approach

AVIY0081 Conduct a 2D global navigation system non-precision instrument approach

Units of Competency delivered may be adjusted from time to time in terms of the AVI Training Package approved by ASQA.

Course Outcomes

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

  • AVIA50219 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating – Aeroplane)
  • CASA issued Part 61 Instrument Rating
  • Multi Engine Class Rating
Entry Requirements


  • Age: Minimum 18 years
  • Hold a current Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane)
  • Hold an Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
  • Eligible for Class 1 Aviation Medical
  • Eligible Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
  • Eligible for ICAO Level 6 Aviation English (see details below)


All applicants, unless exempt, must present an IELTS Certificate (Academic Module) no more than 1 year old.

For direct entry, the IELTS result must be at least 6.0 overall with no band score below 5.5. English pathway options are available for applicants who have not attained this minimum level.

Please note: You may be exempt from the English language entry criteria if you are a citizen of Australia, or studied for the last 2 years in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada or the United States of America enrolled in a formal qualification. Exemptions are assessed case by case. The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires that individuals from non-English speaking backgrounds seeking an Australian Pilots Licence must present an IELTS score of 6.0 with no band score below 6.0 prior to being issued a licence.

English language packaged pathways are available for this course but a formal test result may still be required.


Pilot trainees should also be aware that, according to CASR Part 61, all personnel wishing to hold an Australian Pilot Licence will be required to provide evidence to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority that they have achieved a suitable English language proficiency level.

An applicant for a licence must be able to read, write and converse in English to a level that CASA is satisfied is sufficient to enable the applicant to safely exercise the privileges of the licence applied for. The level of knowledge would be such that the licence holder is able to:

  • read and understand the instructions and technical manuals in use within the organisation;
  • make written technical entries and any maintenance documentation entries, which can be understood by those with whom they are normally required to communicate;
  • read and understand the organisation’s procedures; and
  • communicate at such a level as to prevent any misunderstanding when exercising certification privileges.
Training Arrangements

Our Archerfield Airport flight school is equipped with practical training areas and classrooms.

The practical flight activities are undertaken in contemporary, industry relevant aircraft. Options for aircraft types used beyond the programmed equipment are available to the student at the applicable published rate.

Training activities include formal aeronautical theory training and assessments aligned to CASA modules, in addition to flight sequences as determined by the CASA Manual of Standards (MOS).

Our theory classrooms are air-conditioned and fully equipped to CASA and ASQA standards with student facilities and amenities available.

To provide even better outcomes for graduates of this course, our programme is carefully aligned to the CASA Part 61 system of training, assessment and licencing within our group’s Part 141 approvals.

Assessment Arrangements

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 assignments including flight sorties and flight tests conducted by CASA approved Flight Examiners.

How to Apply
If you have read the course information and you are eligible to join this course, applying is easy and there is no application fee.


You will need to prepare at least the following documentation:

  • One form of ID such as ASIC, Licence, Student ID, Passport
  • A copy of your Australian Commercial Pilot Licence
  • A copy of your current or most recent Aviation Medical certification
  • A copy of the summary page of your Pilot Log Book
  • A graduation certificate from your senior high school, or higher (college or university)
  • Academic results from your senior high school, or higher (college or university)


Our simple online application form is located here:


If you have any questions or issues lodging your application, contact our team via the enquiry form on the Contact Page.

VET Student Loans Tuition Fee Schedule


IR Stage 1 IR1


5/07/2021 10/07/2021 30/07/2021 $11,450.00 0.09
IR Stage 2 IR2


9/08/2021 14/08/2021 3/09/2021 $10,000.00 0.08
IR Stage 3 IR3


13/09/2021 18/09/2021 8/10/2021 $10,000.00 0.08


$31,450.00 0.25