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Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating

What is a Multi Engine Instrument Rating?

An instrument rating allows you to take off, navigate and conduct an approach to land with sole reference to the instruments in non visual flying conditions. Simply put, you are able to fly through clouds and other weather, as opposed to avoiding them. Instrument ratings can be completed in either single-engine or multi-engine aircraft, however, should you choose to complete the rating in a single-engine aircraft, you will not be able to use the rating in any multi-engine aircraft, even if you have a multi-engine class rating.

How long will it take to get a Multi Engine Instrument Rating?

The course will depending on whether you want to study casually or full-time. For our full-time students, it will take sixteen weeks to complete their MECIR. For students who wish to study on a casual basis, the amount of time varies based on how often they wish to fly.

How much will it cost to get a Multi Engine Instrument Rating?

Typically, a MECIR will be completed in 30 flight time and 27 hours Simulator training. Depending on which aircraft students choose to use, the cost can range from $36,760- $39,990. For casual students, this is paid after each flight and not as an upfront cost for the entire training syllabus. Flights are charged as either Dual (With an instructor) or Solo. The rates per aircraft can be found here.

What training is involved in obtaining a Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating?

The first four weeks of the course are used to train students towards a Multi Engine Class Rating. This is completed both in the Synthetic Training Device and in the aircraft. The flights in the aircraft will include teaching the students to handle a multi engine aircraft, handle the aircraft in an asymmetric situation (flying on one engine), and navigation.

The next stage of the course is presented to teach and prepare students for IREX (Instrument Rating EXam). IREX is a combination of Law, Meteorology and Navigation and requires students to have a good grasp on these subjects.

After completing IREX, students being time in the Synthetic Trainer, learning about flying on instruments and flying instrument procedures prior to getting in the aircraft. This is done to teach in a more secure and pressure free environment, without the actual factors of weather and other traffic. Once students have are comfortable with flying the procedures in the Synthetic Trainer, they then progress to the aircraft.

The final four weeks is based around taking everything learned so far, and applying it in the aircraft. This is done over a series of navigation exercises so that students get a chance to experience different procedures, different locations and different scenarios. One completion of this training, the student will be recommended for a MECIR flight test.

Course Pre Requisites

  • Students must hold a current Australian PPL & CPL
  • The student has completed at least 3 hours of Night VFR flying, with at least 1 hour command in the circuit pattern by night 
  • A current Class One or Two Medical
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Successfully completed Year 12 (Higher School Certificate) or successfully completed a Vocational or Higher Education qualification of at least a Certificate IV which was taught in English.

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