Pilot Instructor Rating

flying-school-04Thunderbird Aero Service is leading the way for instructor training catering to the new changes with Part 61.

Our training services ranges from a basic Pilot Instructor Rating consisting of a Principles and Methods of Instruction (PMI Course) through to adding all the training endorsements.

Training for Licences and Aircraft Ratings


Principles and Methods of Instruction is a 3 day course covering the essentials in effective teaching methods, both in the classroom and the cockpit. Students will learn the importance of standardisation in instruction, syllabus construction and delivery, briefing construction and presentation, learning styles and problems, as well as student interaction techniques. If the student holds a tertiary teaching or Certificate IV Workplace training and Assessment the PMI component is not required. Once the PMI is complete, students can then continue with a training endorsement or flight activity.

With the implementation of Part 61, Private Pilot’s and higher may now also apply for a Pilot Instructor Rating. This will enable them to conduct Flight Activity and Design Feature training only without the need to hold a Grade 3 Training Endorsement. This is also the case for suitably qualified pilots wishing to conduct Type Rating training. You will not however be able to conduct the training for the grant of a pilot licence, an operational rating or rating endorsements.


cirrus-sr20-01Our core training course is the Pilot Instructor Rating with a Grade 3 Training Endorsement. This qualification allows the applicant to conduct flight training under a Part 141/142 approved training provider delivering ab-initio, navigation and commercial training.

Upon gaining the relevant experience, additional training endorsements can be added (see below). We offer full-time over 8-9 weeks (including test) and part-time options (3 days a week for 3 months) subject to demand, typically running 4 courses a year.

It is a requirement that the applicant is current and competent to commence the course. Due to the high demands of the course, there is no time for getting current if you have had some time off flying. This will need to be completed prior to commencing the course.

A flight test is required for issue.


After achieving the relevant experience level as a grade three, you can then upgrade to a grade two and subsequently grade one instructor training endorsements.

Training will consist of discussing the privileges and limitations of the endorsements such as sending students on solo sequences along with the responsibilities and function within the training environment and to the Head of Operations.

Briefings and flight training standards will need to be to the required level for course completion.

A flight test is required for issue.


flying-school-06Instructors can teach any Design Feature they hold subject to being competent to do so.

Initial Design Feature training will be based on one of the design features held by the instructor and a training flight in the applicable aircraft.

The course consists of relevant briefings and flying to standard and is currently issue by a flight test at completion.

Training for Operational Ratings


piper-seminole-pa44-07Once instructors have gained the 50 hours flight time on a multi-engine aircraft, a popular pathway in gaining multi experience is the Multi Engine Training Endorsement.

The course will cover all the theory aspects of flying a twin, including recognition, control and performance, asymmetric handling, engine failure decision making and CASA regulations including CAO 20.7.4.

Competency must be achieved in both briefing delivery and in flight, replicating the initial multi-engine class rating syllabus.

A flight test is required for issue.


For instructors to teach at night, a NVFR Rating Training Endorsement is now required.

The applicant must be competent in night procedures and have the ability to fly at night, meaning either a NVFR or Instrument Rating and have a minimum of 20 hours at night (under the VFR or IFR).

This qualification also covers the requirements for teaching Basic Instrument Flight (BIF) for ab-initio phases.

The course consists of briefings to cover the syllabus requirements including navaids, human factors, night circuits, navigation and planning as well as GNSS.

It is expected the applicant is current and familiar with NVFR procedures before commencing this course.

A flight test is required for issue.


rpl-01Instructors wishing conduct Instrument training will need the Instrument Rating Training Endorsement (IRTA).

The training endorsement permits the holder to conduct BIF, instrument and Private IFR (PIFR) training as well as NVFR.

Requirements to commence this training are hold a current and valid Instrument Rating and have experience flying under the IFR to be competent to teach.

The course consists of briefings to cover the syllabus requirements including NDB, VOR, DME, GNSS, DGA, RNAV and ILS (as required) as well as associated theory, navigation and planning. You will also be trained in the use of a flight simulator and conduct flights in a single engine aircraft under the IFR.

Multi-engine and Glass cockpit training in either Avidyne or Garmin G1000 is also available.

A flight test is required for issue.

(Note: Multi-engine is not a requirement as a Multi Engine Training Endorsement is needed to teach in a twin. If both IRTE and META are held will privileges can be applied to both single and multi-engine).


flying-school-03After holding a grade one training endorsement and years of experience, a career instructor may like to train instructors themselves. This will permit them to conduct all of the above qualifications subject to them also holding the relevant training endorsement.

The course includes PMI theory and course delivery, delivery of the initial Grade 3 Instructor Training Endorsement as well as upgrades and a sound knowledge of the Manual of Standards, Flight Crew Licensing Manual and Part 61.

A flight test is required for issue.

Flight Activity Training Endorsements


super-decathlon-8kcab-02As with the above training endorsements, once an instructor is competent flying aerobatics or formation, they can commence training for the relevant Flight Activity Training Endorsement.

The training course consists of theory and briefing to standard as well as an assessment flight.

Note: Formation training endorsement will require a training partner or a second aircraft.