instrument-ratingAn essential prerequisite for airline pilots as part of their pilot training programme.

If you wish to pursue a career as an airline pilot, this rating is a prerequisite for employment. Fixed Wing pilots can choose to do either a Single or Multi Engine Instrument Rating, as an integral part of either the Commercial Pilot Licence or Diploma in Aviation course.

This is a challenging and rewarding rating that is usually conducted in the Southern Wings Piper Sceneca. You will learn how to fly and navigate using the aircraft instruments and navigation aids.

Course Content


40 hours instrument time

  • Maximum 20 hours of simulator time
  • 20 hours single or multi engine
  • Must have night privileges appropriate to licence held


  • Law and Publications
  • Instrument and Navigation Aids
  • Navigation

Entry Requirements

To commence an Instrument Rating you must :

  • Hold a PPL* or CPL
    *PPL holders must have also completed two CPL papers;

    1. Human factors, and
    2. Meteorology

(These papers are part of the course content for both the Commercial Pilot Licence and Diploma in Aviation.)

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for an Instrument Rating you must :

  • Hold a PPL or CPL
  • Have passed CPL papers in Human Factors & Meterology
  • Complete 40 hours flight training of which¬†20 hours may be ground simulator training
  • Complete passes in 3 theory subjects that are part of the course curriculum.

Commercial Pilot Licence and Diploma in Aviation students can elect to complete an Instrument Rating as part of their course.