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Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR RATING

We are pleased to advise that Bankstown Flying School is now offering Flight Instructor Rating training.

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-A or ATPL to undertake the flight instructor rating course. The training involves 50 hours flight training with the CFI or other senior Grade One instructors on the basic sequences associated with RPL and PPL flight training. In addition to the flying the trainee instructor will prepare all ground briefings.

Flight Instructor Rating course includes the following:
Flight Time – 50 hours
PMI Course (minimum 12 hours)
Ground Briefing covering the PPL-A
Preflight and Post flight briefings

Conditions:

Payments – on commencement.
CASA PMI examination fee is an additional cost.
CASA/ATO test fee is an additional cost (estimated cost $750)
Cost of the aircraft for the flight test will be charged at the rates applicable at the time (estimated flight time 1.5 hours).
Training will be carried out in a Piper PA28 Warrior

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

Alternate HOO, G1, FER (RPL & PPL), DFTE MECIR, IFR/ PIFR, NVFR

John Warner

G1, DFTE, NVFR, FIR

Sam Barnett

G2, NVFR, DFTE, IFR, TCI, Quality & Safety Manager

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*.

Testimonials

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

I completed my Cirrus conversion course and am now qualified to fly the SR-22, I cannot recommend Nigel and his school highly enough

Susan Freischmidt

John did my initial PPL training back in 2019, I feel well trained and equipped to head off and fly anywhere…a big thanks.

Mark Walker

Initial Instrument rating and Duchess multi engine endorsment with Nigel, it was a fantastic course, many thanks

Theo Havali

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