Operational Ratings

  • Flight Instructor Rating

    Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)

    The diagram below illustrates the structure for achieving a Flight Instructors Rating (FIR).
    FIR-flowchart
    On completing the PIRC the pilot will also need to add at least one (1) Training Endorsement to the FIR in order for it to be issued.

    Aircraft Types Normally conducted in the Robinson R22, but can be completed in other aircraft as required.
    Duration Varies depending on the type of endorsement(s) to attach to your Instructor Rating.
    Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian PPL licence or higher.
    Before sitting the FIR Flight Test, the applicant must have at least:

    • 250 hours flight time as a pilot; and
    • 100 hours flight time as pilot in command.
    Description The instructor rating steps you through:

    • the process managing the learning process,
    • giving board briefs, pre-flight briefs, and post flight briefs
    • providing feedback and coaching in the cockpit, and
    • developing lesson plans and training aids.
    Theory and Exam To gain a Flight Instructors Rating (FIR) the trainee must complete a Pilot Instructor Rating Common examination (PIRC) after completing either:

    • A Principles and Methods of Instruction (PMI) course with an approved helicopter flight school; or
    • A Certificate IV in Training and Assessment; or
    • A tertiary qualification in teaching.

    The PIRC exam is a generic 50 question 2 hour multi-choice exam administered by ASL.
    Some approved 141 and 142 flight schools can administer their own PIRC exam.Becker Helicopters runs a Priniciples and Methods Instruction Course, using a text book specifically written for this course.
    Our theory book is included in the course, and can be purchased separately from our eShop.

    CASA Qualification FIR – Flight Instructor Rating with at least one training endorsement.
    AQF Qualification None at this time.
    Regulations Subpart 61.T—Pilot instructor ratings
    61.1185 Requirements for grant of flight instructor ratings
    Proficiency Check Required every 2 years.
  • Instrument Rating

    Instrument Rating

    Aircraft Types Normally conducted in the Bell206BIII Jet Ranger or MD500E and associated simulator. Training can be conducted in other aircraft types, subject to aircraft suitability and an instructor having the appropriate class/ratings.
    Duration 42 hours (including night test) over 8-12 weeks depending on the weather
    Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian PPL licence or higher.
    The applicant must have aeronautical experience that includes:

    • at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in
      command; and
    • at least 40 hours of instrument time, including:
      • at least 10 hours of dual instrument time; and
      • either:
        • 10 hours of instrument flight time and 10 hours in an approved flight simulator; or
        • 20 hours of instrument flight time.
    Description To be able to fly a helicopter under Instrument Flight Rules.
    Requirements Requires includes 3 weeks Instrument Theory.
    The Instrument Theory Exam must be conducted at a CASA approved exam centre.
    On the successful completion of a instrument flight test and then the rating will be endorsed on your licence.
    CASA Qualification Command Instrument Rating
    AQF Qualification You may qualify to obtain an academic qualification as part of this training course:
    AVI50415 – Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) – CRICOS Course Code 089859B

    References Subpart 61.M—Instrument ratings.
    Proficiency Check Required every 2 years.
  • Night VFR Rating

    Night VFR Rating

    Aircraft Types As required.
    Duration 12 hours (including night test) over 1-2 weeks depending on the weather.
    Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian PPL licence or higher.
    Description To be able to fly a helicopter at night you need to do some night training, this is the full night
    course, culminating in a night test and then the rating will be endorsed on your licence.
    CASA Qualification Night VFR Rating (other than NVIS or aerial application operations)
    AQF Qualification AVI00019 – Night Visual Flight Rules (NVFR) Pilot Skill Set
    Proficiency Check Required every year.
    Flight Review A Flight Review is required every 2 years (24 months).
  • NVIS Rating (Night Vision Goggles)

    NVIS Rating (Night Vision Goggles)

    Aircraft Types In aircraft with appropriate lighting for Night Vision Goggles flight.

    • B206BIII Jet Ranger
    • AS350D Squirrel
    • Simulator (GeoSim B206BIII)
    Goggles Used NL94AU GEN III Autogated tube.
    Duration Civil course2-3 days of theory
    5 hours of flying
    plus a 1.5 hour end of course assessment.
    Pre-requisites Prior to successfully completing the Night Vision Imaging System rating, the applicant must:

    • hold a valid Australian CPL licence or higher.
    • have Helicopter Night VFR endorsement
    • have the appropriate class or type rating for the helicopter in which training is to take place
    • have the required minimum experience
    • an appropriate flight activity endorsement that covers an activity (if any) that is to be covered by the training.

    The minimum experience required includes:

    • at least 250 hours of flight time in a helicopter
    • at least 5 hours of dual flight using night vision goggles in a helicopter
    • at least 20 hours of flight time at night as pilot in command of a helicopter
    • at least 20 hours of instrument time including 5 hours of dual instrument flight time in a helicopter

    Additionally, for a Grade 1 night vision images system endorsement, the applicant must have:

    • a single-engine helicopter instrument endorsement or multi-engine helicopter instrument endorsement.
    Description Learn the techniques to safely fly using Night Vision Goggles.
    Theory Must complete a ground course covering Night Vision Goggles theory.
    CASA Qualification NVIS Rating with either a:

    • Grade 1 night vision imaging system endorsement, or
    • Grade 2 night vision imaging system endorsement.
    AQF Qualification AVI00018 – Night Vision Imaging System Skill Setrto-logo-no-background_250x200
    Regulations Subpart 61.P—Night vision imaging system ratings
    61.1020 Requirements for grant of night vision imaging system ratings
    61.1035 Requirements for grant of night vision imaging system endorsements
    Customised training Becker Helicopters is able to structure a course to suit a range of training requirements. On application Becker Helicopters is able to structure a course and then have it approved by CASA that will alleviate some of the prerequisites applicable to a civil candidate.
    At the end of Military NVG training the pilot will be issued with a certificate of attainment based on the customised course.
  • Low-Level Rating or Aerial Application Rating

    Low-Level Rating with Helicopter low-level endorsement or Aerial Application Rating

    Aircraft Types Normally conducted in the Robinson R22, but can be completed in other aircraft as required.
    Duration 5 hours over 2 days.
    Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian PPL licence or higher.
    Description Covers low-level manoeuvring and emergencies including figure of 8s, S-Turns, Quick stops, 180° Quick stops, Low Level circuits, max performance take-offs, zero zero landings, pull ups, push overs, recovery from negative G and vortex ring state and general handling close to the ground. It also includes low-level autorotations.
    Theory Course includes long briefs, but no classroom theory required.
    CASA Qualification Low-level Rating with Helicopter low-level endorsement
    AQF Qualification Not applicable.
    Regulations Subpart 61.Q—Low-level ratings
    61.1070 Requirements for grant of low-level ratings
    Flight Review A Flight Review is required every year (12 months).
  • Low Level Rating: Sling Operations Endorsement

    Low-Level Rating with Sling Operations Endorsement

    Aircraft Types Can be conducted in any helicopter with an appropriate hook installed.
    Duration 5 hours over 5 days.
    Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian PPL licence or higher.
    Description This is a basic course in flying with a sling load. The course starts with a short line of 30 feet and then we slowly build you up to use of a 150-foot long line. Accurate placement, emergencies and autorotations to the ground are all covered. If it is a specific long lining course you are looking for because you already have some sling time then contact us and we will put together a course to suit what you need to learn.
    Theory Course includes long briefs, some classroom theory notes provided. No theory exam required.
    CASA Qualification Low-level Rating with Sling Operations endorsement
    AQF Qualification Not applicable.
    Regulations Part 61:
    Subpart 61.Q—Low-level ratings
    Table 61.1075 Low-level endorsements
    MOS:
    LL-SO Sling operations
  • Low Level Rating: Aerial Mustering - Helicopter Endorsement

    Low-Level Rating with Aerial Mustering – Helicopter Endorsement

    Aircraft Types Normally conducted in an Robinson R22 helicopter.
    Duration 10 hours over 1 week.
    Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian PPL licence or higher.
    Must have completed 5 hours of low flying training prior to commencing the mustering training. Must also have a
    minimum of 100 hours of pilot in command time prior to commencing the training.
    Description Prior to being able to muster cattle with a helicopter you must have completed a course in low flying and then a 10 hour course by an approved mustering pilot. We send you out with an approved working mustering pilot and over the course of 10 hours he will impart the skills required to muster cattle.
    Theory Course includes long briefs, some classroom theory notes provided. No theory exam required.
    CASA Qualification Low-level Rating with Aerial Mustering – Helicopters endorsement
    AQF Qualification Not applicable.
    Regulations Part 61:
    Subpart 61.Q—Low-level ratings
    Table 61.1075 Low-level endorsements
    MOS:
    LL-M Aerial mustering operations

Aircraft Class or Type Ratings and Aircraft Design Feature Endorsements

  • About Aircraft Ratings

    Aircraft Class or Type Ratings and Aircraft Design Feature Endorsements

    For more information on the new CASA regulations in regards to Aircraft Class or Type Ratings and Design Feature Endorsements, please refer to the CASA guide A guide to type-rated helicopters —
    includes list of ratings
    .

    Which helicopters have type ratings?

    The following helicopters have type ratings:

    • all multi-crew certificated helicopters
    • all multi-engine helicopters
    • specified single-pilot certificated helicopters that have
      performance, complexity or handling characteristics that
      warrant pilots completing a type specific training course.
    Flight crew type ratings

    Specific type ratings apply to flight crew operating particular aircraft. For example, a captain or co-pilot on an S61 must hold a pilot licence and an S61 type rating.

    Prescription of aircraft and ratings – CASR Part 61 (Edition 1)

    To view the most recent Legislative Instrument : Prescription of aircraft and ratings – CASR Part 61 (Edition 1) follow the link below:
    Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 – Prescription of aircraft and ratings — CASR Part 61 (Edition 1) Series

  • Aircraft Class, Type Ratings and Aircraft Design Feature Endorsements

    Aircraft Class or Type Ratings and Aircraft Design Feature Endorsements

    Aircraft Types Either hire one of our aircraft, or have an instructor use your own aircraft. Subject to one of our instructors having the required rating/endorsement.
    Duration Varies depending on the aircraft class/type, and the experience of the pilot.
    As a general guide:
    Type Endorsement
    3 hours over 2 days
    First Turbine Endorsement
    5 hours over 5 days for the first turbine endorsement.
    Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian licence with the relevant aircraft category.
    Description Type Endorsement
    Familiarisation with another helicopter type and its flying characteristics. We can endorse you on your own helicopter or arrange to cross hire a requested aircraft type.
    First Turbine Endorsement
    If you have not flown a turbine helicopter before then your first turbine type training is a mandatory 5 flight hours plus a ground course. We go over the differences, the advantages and the handling required to operate a turbine helicopter.
    Theory Type Endorsement
    Must complete a type technical theory exam specific to the helicopter type.
    First Turbine Endorsement
    Must complete a:

    • basic gas turbine engine theory course and exam.
    • type technical theory course and exam specific to the helicopter type
    CASA Qualification Aircraft Class or Type Rating or Design Feature Endorsement
    AQF Qualification Not applicable.
    RegulationsDivision 61.L.3—Aircraft class ratings
    Division 61.L.4—Design feature endorsements
    Division 61.L.5—Pilot type ratings
    Flight Review A Flight Review is required every 2 years (24 months).

Specialist Operational Training

  • Mountain flying

    Mountain flying

    Aircraft Types Either hire one of our aircraft, or have an instructor use your own aircraft. Subject to one of our instructors having the required rating/endorsement.
    Duration 5 hours over 2 days, or as agreed.
    Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian licence with the relevant aircraft category.
    Description We have some good hills and valleys in and around our training areas so have put together a 5 hour mountain course that includes, pinnacles and ridgeline approaches and crossing, turns in dead end valleys, high density altitude with low power available approaches, making the best use of wind, sun and terrain, bad weather flying and airmanship.
    Theory Includes long briefs. No classroom theory or exams required.
    CASA Qualification Not applicable.
    AQF Qualification Not applicable.
    Regulations Not applicable.
    Notes This course is not associated with any CASA or academic qualification. This is an operational course designed to provide pilots with knowledge and techniques for operating in mountainous areas.