The IR-MEA (formerly known as Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating or ME-CIR) allows pilots to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) in all phases of flight, both during the day and at night in any operation permitted by the grade of pilot’s licence held.
If the weather conditions at the departure aerodrome or the destination are below the criteria for visual flight, the pilot is able to conduct either an instrument departure or an instrument approach by following a prescribed procedure.
It requires a a lot of discipline in following procedures and safely flying and navigating the aircraft by reference to only the instrumentation available in the cockpit.
Completion of a IR-MEA is often a pre-requisite for a professional career in air charter, aerial work, or airlines.
This course is intended for students who want to further their aviation career and have more flexibility in the types of conditions they may conduct commercial operations in.
To commence an Instrument Rating CIR, students are required to hold an Australian PPL or CPL, have 50 hours cross-country Pilot in Command, 5 hours night flying, including at least 1 hour solo night circuits. They must also hold a CASA Class 2 (PPL) or Class 1 (CPL) medical certificate and have passed the IREX (Instrument Rating Exam).
Note: There is no prerequisite to hold a CLR-MEA (Class Rating, Multi-Engine Aeroplane) as this is included in the course.
Benefits and Outcomes
- Easy access to all navigational aids in the Perth area
- Diploma in Instrument Flight at completion
- CLR-MEA and IR-MEA certification on completion
- Real-life scenarios
- Confidence in planning and conducting a safe IFR flight
- All instrument approaches included (NDB, VOR, ILS, DGS, GNSS-RNAV)
The course is able to be completed on a full time basis across 6 weeks, or on a part time basis as agreed with an instructor. You can expect to fly a minimum of 40 hours across both the synthetic trainer and aircraft. Your training syllabus will encompass basic instrument flying, radio navigation aid tracking, instrument approaches and landing procedures, and emergency procedures.
Students will be assessed on their competency to fly under the Instrument Flight Rules by means of a flight test by a Flight Examiner at the conclusion of the course.
Upon the successful completion of the flight test, the student will be awarded with an IR-MEA (formerly known as ME-CIR) including the following:
AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight)
CASA IR-MEA (Instrument Rating – Multi Engine Aeroplane)
CLR-MEA (Class Rating – Multi Engine Aeroplane)
Partenavia P.68B Endorsement
An IR-MEA allows pilots to act as pilot-in-command on a single or a multi-engine aircraft in cloud or marginal weather. This rating is available for students who hold either a CPL or PPL Partenavia P.68B or PA44 and the following instrument approach endorsements: 3D (ILS), 2D (VOR, NDB, DGA and GNSS-RNAV).
Generally 20 hours in our Frasca flight simulator and a further 20 hours in the air are required to complete your flight training.
Our Multi Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) course is structured to start in the synthetic trainer, which incorporates nav aid training to develop an understanding of the use of navigational aids and their associated instrument approaches, before moving on to a series of advanced exercises in the trainer.
By the time you start training in the aircraft, your instructor has confirmed your ability to progress to this stage of the course, and the synthetic trainer has given you the practical knowledge to understand the theory components better.
The next stage is to complete your initial or type endorsement on the Partenavia P68 prior to moving on to our IFR training sequences, again incorporating IFR airwork, navaid work and navigational sequences.
The IR-MEA Course is estimated at $19,000AUD. Payments for training are made as they are accrued. Students are reminded that the IREX is a separate course and therefore not included.
Students may commence the IR-MEA course at any time, but as courses are conducted in pairs it is advised to give some prior notice to allow us to pair the students. Instrument Rating, Single Engine Aeroplane (IR-SEA) courses are also available on request to those candidates not interested in flying a multi-engine aeroplane.
Speak to a member of our friendly Operations Team for more information.
- RACWA IFR study guide
- 16.5 hours of briefing
- 18 hours of dual simulator
- 25 hours of dual multi-engine flying
- All instrument approach charges landing charges, and airways charges
- Free simulator practice as determined by the flight instructor