Benefits of a Flight Instructor Rating

A Flight Instructor Rating (FIR) with the North Queensland Aero Club allows you to join the ranks of instructor and teach others how to fly.

This endorsement opens up new and varied career pathways for the Commercial Pilot. You can enjoy a rewarding career as an instructor, become an examiner or build hours and experience to further your career. Instructors are often recruited into larger operations, going on to become Check and Training Captains in large organisations and airlines.

Fleet at Dawn FIR Training
Fleet at Dawn FIR Training

FIR Course Overview

You will undertake dual flight training with a qualified instructor both receiving and delivering flying lessons. You will also receive and present many theory briefings. There is one formal theory examination, the PIRC exam to complete, studied at your own pace.

Once you meet all the requirements and have completed a Pre-Licence flight with our CFI you will be referred to an external examiner for your FIR flight test to become a Grade 3 Instructor.

Why do a Flight Instructor Rating with the NQAC?

Your choice of a flying school is very important when deciding to train for your Instructor Rating and NQAC Instructors are highly regarded in Australia.

Training with the North Queensland Aero Club also gives our students the benefit of one-on-one training. Much of your FIR training will be completed with our CFI allowing you to benefit from more than 20 years of instructor experience. You are able to work with your instructor through any questions or difficulty without delay and are never just another face in the crowd.

The North Queensland Aero Club is one of the oldest and largest flying schools in Far North Queensland. The NQAC has been training commercial pilots and instructors for over 70 years with our graduates going on to have long and successful Airline and General Aviation Careers. This gives our students access to a wealth of knowledge, experienced instructors and mentoring from former students who are now working as commercial pilots.

Benefits of Flight Training in Mareeba?

What better place to obtain a Flight Instructor Rating than beautiful Far North Queensland? Here at the Mareeba Aerodrome, you are exposed to a wide range of non-controlled and controlled airspace procedures, meaning you get the best of both worlds.

You will also experience flying in the tropics, around the beautiful reef and rainforest, and have your decision-making ability challenged during the wet season. All of this means you will be a better instructor at the end of the day.

To obtain an instructor rating, you must first hold a CPL. Upon successful completion of your instructor rating, you will be a qualified Grade 3 Instructor. We can also train instructors for upgrade training to a Class 2 or Class 1.

LHI Mt Garnet FIR Training
LHI Mt Garnet FIR Training

Hours and Costs

The FIR involves 30 – 50 hours of dual flying, with 50 hours of briefing time also. Costs can be kept to a minimum if the rating is done with two or more candidates, as this will allow for dual briefings.



approximate total cost of $24,580


involving 50 hours of flying. This includes the final CASA test fee

FIR Endorsements

Do you need to add an endorsement onto your Instructor rating? We can provide training for Design Feature Endorsements, Grade 1  & 2 upgrades and many more. For more information send through your training requirements.

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