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CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 61.885

Requirements for grant of instrument ratings

             (1)  An applicant for an instrument rating must:

                     (a)  hold a private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence; and

                     (b)  meet the requirements for the grant of:

                              (i)  at least one instrument endorsement mentioned in column 1 of an item in Part 1 of table 61.890; and

                             (ii)  at least one instrument endorsement mentioned in column 1 of an item in Part 2 of table 61.890.

Note 1:       Paragraph (a) is satisfied if the applicant holds a certificate of validation of an overseas flight crew licence that is equivalent to a private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence: see item 36 of Part 2 of the Dictionary.

Note 2:       An application for a pilot licence mentioned in paragraph (a) and an instrument rating may be made at the same time: see subregulation 61.155(2).

             (2)  The applicant must also have:

                     (a)  passed the aeronautical knowledge examination for the instrument rating; and

                     (b)  completed flight training for the instrument rating; and

                     (c)  passed the flight test mentioned in the Part 61 Manual of Standards for the instrument rating and the aircraft category rating associated with the applicant's pilot licence; and

                     (d)  met the aeronautical experience requirements mentioned in subregulation (5).

Note 1:       For paragraph (a), for the conduct of aeronautical knowledge examinations, see Division 61.B.3.

Note 2:       For paragraph (b), for the requirements for flight training, see Division 61.B.2.

Note 3:       For paragraph (c), for the conduct of flight tests, see Division 61.B.4.

Note 4:       For paragraph (d), for the determination of a person's flight time and other aeronautical experience, see Division 61.A.2.

             (3)  For paragraph (2)(b), the flight training must have been conducted in an aircraft of the same category as the aircraft in which, or the aircraft represented by the flight simulation training device in which, the flight test is conducted.

             (4)  For paragraph (2)(c), the flight test must be conducted in an aircraft unless the applicant has previously held:

                     (a)  an instrument rating; or

                     (b)  an overseas rating that CASA is satisfied is equivalent to an instrument rating; or

                     (c)  a qualification issued by the Australian Defence Force that CASA is satisfied is equivalent to an instrument rating.

             (5)  For paragraph (2)(d), the applicant must have aeronautical experience that includes:

                     (a)  at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command; and

                     (b)  at least 40 hours of instrument time, including:

                              (i)  at least 10 hours of dual instrument time; and

                             (ii)  either:

                                        (A)  if subregulation (6) applies--at least 10 hours of instrument flight time; or

                                        (B)  in any other case--at least 20 hours of instrument flight time.

             (6)  This subregulation applies if any instrument ground time relied on by an applicant for paragraph (5)(b) is:

                     (a)  completed in an approved flight simulator for the purpose; and

                     (b)  supervised by a pilot instructor who holds an instrument rating training endorsement.

             (7)  For subregulation (5), the cross-country flight time and instrument flight time must have been conducted in an aircraft of the same category as the aircraft in which, or the aircraft represented by the flight simulation training device in which, the flight test is conducted.



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