Instrument Rating (IREX / PIFR)

Take to the sky when weather would otherwise leave you grounded.

An Instrument Rating enables you faster, safer and more efficient flight. Fly under the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in most weather conditions under the watchful eye of air traffic control.

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Deciding between a Private IFR Rating (PIFR) or an Instrument Rating (IR) can be confusing. But it doesn’t have to be. Whether you fly for fun, for business or with a career goal in aviation, flying under the IFR is the safest way to fly. And Avia Aviation are the Instrument Rating experts.

The Private IFR Rating

Most private clients choose the PIFR for its efficiency, cost effectiveness and ability to customise the training package. PIFR training is generally completed in 20 hours, versus 40 hours for an Instrument Rating.

The PIFR allows for a flight to be conducted under the IFR and is designed for PPL holders who only require a few approach authorisations. The capability of the rating can be extended by adding flight procedure authorisations (FPAs). This allows for the use of extra navigational aids, instrument arrivals and departures, and night flying.

The Avia PIFR training program is designed around our technically-advanced aircraft. Our flexible lessons allow clients to depart into non-VMC weather and use the on-board avionics systems to their full potential.

The Instrument Rating

The complete Instrument Rating involves training in all approach types, departure and arrival procedures, and night operations. Training is generally completed in 40 hours and is often finished in one of our multi-engine aircraft. An Instrument Rating is a pre-requisite for most commercial pilot roles.

Unrivalled training. Personalised to your needs.

The theory side of an Instrument Rating can feel overwhelming. At Avia we offer an Instrument Rating Examination (IREX) Theory Course and one-on-one tutoring. Our highly experienced and professional instructors work with you at your own pace, on you schedule, to guide you through your instrument training.

At Avia, complete your IFR training in our:

  • Cirrus SR20 or SR22 – the perfect PIFR aircraft
  • Vulcanair V1.0 – the economical trainer
  • Piper Seminole – the most popular multi-engine trainer
  • Cessna Crusader – gain valuable experience in a charter aircraft

For PIFR or IR training, Avia ensures you’ll have a flying experience like no other.


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What you'll learn


At Avia we offer an Instrument Rating Examination (IREX) Theory Course and one-on-one tutoring.


Learn the skills of instrument flying. Master your instrument scan and complete intercepts, sector entries and holding patterns.


Interpret an approach plate and fly the aircraft down to minimums. The next few lessons will perfect your flying technique to ensure you pop out of the clouds safely and in control.


Consolidate your IFR skills and knowledge during navigational flights in the simulator and the aircraft. Refine your approaches, as well as enroute procedures, radio calls and checklists.


Your instructor will get you test-ready with these final lessons.

Come and meet our team.

We have one of the most diverse and

experienced instructional teams in Melbourne.

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Please fill out the enquiry form so we can understand your needs.

After submitting your enquiry, you’ll be invited to book a meeting with our staff, who will give you a tour of our facilities and aircraft, and offer insights into your aviation journey.

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