An instrument rating is a great way to improve your flying skills, your qualifications and it will allow you to fly in a range of different conditions. An instrument rating allows you to fly using radio navigation aids and GPS for navigation instead of ground features.
A Private Instrument Flying Rating (PIFR) is best suited for Private Pilots who would like to fly in conditions other than VFR. The costs are based on the candidate holding a PPL or CPL with a pass in the CASA PIFR theory examination. This is for a basic en-route PIFR and does not include departure or approach procedure endorsements.
All candidates for a Command Instrument Rating, single or multi must hold either a PPL or CPL. You must also have a pass in the CASA IREX theory examination, 50 hours cross country PIC and 5 hours night flying including 1 hour solo and a minimum of 5hrs basic IF. It is also assumed that you will hold a multi-engine endorsement if you intend to undertake the MECIR.
Mareeba is serviced by an RNAV whilst 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.