Private Instrument Flight Rules - PIFR
This relatively new rating permits private pilots to fly en-route in Instrument Meterological Conditions (IMC) whilst conducting departures and approaches in Visual Meterological Conditions (VMC). You must still fly in visual conditions when opearting below Lowest Safe Altitude (LSALT).
The PIFR Rating was introduced to offer pilots the opportunity to conduct limited IFR operations as an alternative to, or an escape from, those situations of deteriorating weather or daylight where scud running, disorientation, controlled flight into terrain and loss of control accidents have been all too frequent.
The rating is designed to be undertaken in two stages:
- the initial issue; and
- subsequent Flight Procedure Authorisations (FPAs).
If you have ever wished to fly west over the ranges (Great Dividing Range) whilst it has been dogged by cloud, then this may be a rating for you to consider.
You must hold a Private Pilots Licence or greater to qualify for a PIFR and it is recommended you hold a Night VFR Rating. If you do not hold a NVFR Rating then the syllabus is modifed for you to ensure you undertake adequate night flying training (including circuit operations) to meet the required standards.
Block 1 of your training includes around 15 hours of simulator training to build your basic skills and techniques for instrument flying. Block 2 involves around 25 hours of flight training, developing the instrument flight procedures in a single-engine aircraft leading to the Private Instrument Flight Rules Rating with the following FPAs:
- Navigation using NDB
- Navigation using VOR
- Navigation using GPS/DME
- Night operations
- NDB Holding
- VOR Holding
We encourage as much training as possible under actual IFR conditions.
For this rating you may choose from the following aircraft:
- Cessna 182
- Cessna 180
- Twin Comanche
- or your own IFR aircraft!