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Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)


We are pleased to advise that Bankstown Flying School is now offering one-to-one Flight Instructor Rating training. One-to-one training enables Students to enrol when they are ready as opposed to waiting until enrolments open.

A Flight Instructor Rating (FIR G3 Initial) provides a Commercial Pilot with another avenue to earn a living, while sharing their knowledge and experience in a training environment. An added benefit is that Flight Instructors continue to accrue flight experience hours, flight knowledge and may allow the holder to gain (through professional development) additional ratings and endorsements.

You must be the holder of a CPL or ATPL to enrol in the flight instructor rating course. During the course of training you will learn to teach people how to fly, demonstrate and reinforce the various theoretical and practical concepts pilots need to demonstrate, create lesson plans and review training pilots theory and flying.

Flight Instructor Rating course includes the following:

Principles and Methods of Instruction course

Spinning endorsement

Flight Instructor Grade III Initial flight test (1st attempt)


Payment arrangements available, final payment due prior to FIR flight test
Training will be carried out in a Piper PA28-161 and PA28-181

We recommend the CASA Flight Instructor Guide to read HERE



Our Flight Instructor Course is led by experienced instructors

Nigel Clark

CEO, HOO, G1, FER, CSIP Platinum

Peter Zhang


John Warner


Rocky Cheung

Rocky Cheung


HOO – Head of Operations, CEO – Chief Executive Officer, G1- Grade 1 Instructor, FER – Flight Examiner Rating, DFTE – Design Feature Training Endorsement, MECIR – Multi Engine Conversion Instructor Rating, IFR – Instrument Rating Instructor, FIR – Flight Instructor Rating Instructor

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of conversion will depend on pilot experience level prior to flying the cirrus and also the amount of time and frequency you can dedicate to the course. We do quote basic estimates of around 10 hours flight time.
The Cirrus conversion course can be completed usually over a period of 3 or 4 days, with 1 or 2 flights per day. It is recommended to have finished the Cirrus Transition course online prior to any flight training.
As with any flight training, safety is the most important aspect, we will train you until a safe standard, so you are then comfortable yourself to fly off with family and friends
The selection of whether to convert in the SR 20 or SR 22 will depend on a number of factors and can be discussed with us so that we can map out the best training path for you.
For example we have a Doctor who regularly had to attend clinics in regional NSW, he was an existing pilot but not on Cirrus, so what we did was construct a Cirrus converion course so that he could complete part of the syllabus at the same time as his travel requirements.

Unfortunately we dont offer credit of finance for the course and the cost for the hours flown will have to be paid on completion of the flight

Yes we do offer rental to our pilots on completion and we have on offer a range of SR 20 or SR 22, you are free to take this away on long journeys as long as minimum hours are met, please enquire for more info
We have on show in our hanger a range of SR 20 and SR 22 aircraft, so please visit to discuss purchase as well as map put your training course.

We are proud to have in our hanger a new 2020 model SF 50 Vision Jet. This aircraft is not available to rent or train on, but syndicates are on offer or you can discuss an outright purchase. Contact us for more info

Yes for certain circumstances such as full time courses, we do offer training away from our home base at Bankstown airport, please feel free to ask. *please note that additional expenses may apply such as accomodation and enroute travel costs*.


Here’s what our students had to say about our Flight Training:

I completed both my CPL and CIR through Bankstown Flying (BFS). In my experience, I found BFS to be less like a school and more like a close-knit flying club……Read more HERE

A.B - SR22 Cirrus Aircraft Pilot

After an almost 4 decade long love affair with aviation, I finally made the full commitment to become a pilot and it was the best thing……Read more HERE

M.N - SR22 Cirrus Aircraft Pilot

Came to BFS for a Cirrus SR22 conversion, heard great things about the school, Nigel was excellent……..Read more HERE

K.S - Airline Pilot

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