If you wish to extend your qualifications further, the addition of a Command Instrument Rating (CIR) will be of maximum benefit. An instrument rating allows you to fly in just about any weather, using radio navigation aids and GPS for navigation instead of ground features. Addition of a CIR to your licence will greatly improve employability, and pilots who hold an instrument rating are highly regarded among their peers.

An instrument rating can be added to a Private licence (called a Private IFR) or to a Commercial licence (Command Instrument Rating).

At present, NQAC can only train and issue single-engine command instrument ratings (SECIR), not multi-engine (MECIR). We are currently sourcing a multi-engined aircraft for use in this role, and we will keep this page updated. Training will be conducted in the Cessna 172XP.

Cairns is serviced by NDB, VOR, VOR/DME, LLZ/DME, GPS and ILS approaches, meaning all your navaid endorsements can be done right here, without the need to travel too far. We can also do GPS enroute and RNAV endorsements.




involves 40 hours of instrument flying, approximately 13 of which may be conducted in a simulator to keep costs down.


approximate total cost of $11,490, involving 40 hours of flying. A GPS RNAV endorsement costs approximately $980.