Course Overview


AVI50415 – Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)

CRICOS Course Code 089859B

Provided by Becker Helicopter Services Pty Ltd – RTO Number 5446 – CRICOS Provider Code 01742J


If a participant elects to complete all units, then the course will take 26 weeks to complete, based on 20 scheduled course hours per week.

26 weeks (comprises 16 weeks of teaching and 10 weeks of holidays)

Course Outcomes

  • AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)
  • Statement of Attainment (list the units successfully completed as part of the Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) qualification.)

On completion of the Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating), to obtain an Instrument Rating issued by the authority of CASA, you will also need to:

  • pass the CASA Instrument theory exam (IREX)
  • meet the minimum flight hours requirements, and
  • pass a flight test conducted by a CASA approved Flight Examiner.

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Plan a navigation flight under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)
  • Navigate aircraft – IFR
  • Operate and manage aircraft systems
  • Conduct full instrument panel manoeuvres
  • Conduct limited panel manoeuvres
  • Perform an instrument arrival
  • Perform instrument departure – non published procedure
  • Perform visual circling approach
  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Prior to commencing this course, you need to have:

    • Appropriate helicopter pilot qualifications and experience; and
    • Pass a Class Two Medical; and
    • Demonstrated General English Language Proficiency by having:
      – successfully completed a CASA General English Language Proficiency (GELP) Assessment, or
      – attained an Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP) level of ICAO 3 or higher, issued by a CASA approved Language test centre (for ICAO assessment).
      NOTE: Conditional Entry may be authorised by the Chief Pilot if a Level 2 English Language Proficiency is demonstrated during a BHS administered General English Language assessment, subject to on-going integrated English language training of a minimum of 5 hours per week until a Level 3 (GELP or ICAO 3) as been attained, and subject to no solo flight until a Level 3 (GELP or ICAO 3) General English Language proficiency as been attained.
    • must meet Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) requirements as determined by Becker Helicopters Chief Pilot.

    Appropriate helicopter pilot qualifications and experience, including either a:

    • AVI40208 – Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Helicopter Licence) or higher qualification, or
    • Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopters) (with a CASA Certificate of Validation for overseas licences), or
    • Recognition of Prior Learning sufficient to be equivalent to a Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopters).


    There are no pre-requisites qualifications required for this course.
    Note: Please make sure you meet the Entry Requirements for this course.

  • Course Variations

    Flight Hours

    Flights hours will vary depending on previous experience, and electives.  Flight hours may vary from 20 to 40 instrument flight hours with up to 50% simulated flight hours plus 2 hours for the Flight Test. We anticipate a minimum of 350-400 hours of supervised and/or non supervised learning during the course. You will need to allow time for study, practice and flight planning.

  • Aircraft


    The flying component of this course may be completed in a Robinson R22, which is a 2 seater piston aircraft, however, BHS recommends completing this course in a Bell 206BIII helicopter, which is a 5 seater turbine aircraft.
    This course may also utilise a Flight Simulation Training Device, which is based on the Bell 206BIII aircraft.

    Other Aircraft types

    Becker Helicopters can conduct the flight training in other aircraft if required, for example MD500, Bell 407 or Multi-Engine aircraft.
    If you require training in a different aircraft, then please let us know your requirements.

    Use of a different aircraft type is subject to the aircraft being approved on the BHS AOC, Flight Instructors holding the appropriate class / type / design feature ratings and endorsements, and suitable insurance arrangements.

    Aircraft Selection

    You will normally select the aircraft you want to complete the training in at the time of enrolment, as it directly affects the course costs. You may change the aircraft you conduct the training in, as long as the request is made in writing, and that you acknowledge the change in course costs writing.

  • Course Units

    Diploma of Aviation – Course Units

    The table below lists the course units and competencies for the Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating). It also identifies the lesson in which these competencies are assessed.
    Note: Please refer to the course syllabus for a detailed list of lessons covered in this course, including the flight hours in the Simulator, Dual and Solo/Pilot in Command (PIC).

    Core Units

    AVIF0007  –  Implement threat and error management strategies

    AVIF0008  –  Manage safe flight operations

    AVIH0005  –  Plan a flight under instrument flight rules

    AVIH5017  –  Navigate aircraft under instrument flight rules

    AVIW5018  –  Operate and manage aircraft systems

    AVIY0001  –  Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments

    AVIY0013  –  Conduct a 2D instrument approach

    AVIY0022  –  Perform instrument arrival and standard arrival route procedures

    AVIY5024  –  Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night

    AVIY5027  –  Perform non published instrument departure procedures

    AVIY5028  –  Perform published instrument departure procedures

    AVIY5033  –  Perform visual circling approach


    AVIY0014  –  Conduct a 3D instrument approach

    AVIY5034  –  Conduct a 2D non  –  directional beacon instrument approach

    AVIY5035  –  Conduct a 2D very high frequency omni  –  directional radio range instrument approach

    AVIY5036  –  Conduct a 3D instrument landing system instrument approach

    AVIY5037  –  Conduct a 2D distance measuring equipment global navigation satellite system instrument approach

    AVIY5038  –  Conduct a 2D global navigation satellite system non  –  precision instrument approach

    AVIY5065  –  Operate a multi  –  engine helicopter