IFR Simulator, Training & Ratings New Zealand

Accelerated CPL IFR Training for Professional Pilots

If you aspire to be or are in the process of becoming a Professional Pilot, with the goal of achieving an Air Transport/Airline Job in the future, an IFR rating is an essential part of your ongoing training and development.

We can help you get your IFR rating for a significantly reduced cost (more on this below).

An IFR rating enables you to fly in instrument conditions (IMC), through cloud, at night, with restricted visibility, or to fly an IFR route/ flight plan into a regional, or major airport.

The rating that you end up with will, in part, depend on which aircraft you train on, be it single engine or twin, Technically enhanced (GPS, glass cockpit), or non technically enhanced (VOR/ILS etc)

Broadly speaking, if you train and get rated on the more difficult types (non technically enhanced, twin) if you get a standard rating on an “easier” IFR aircraft (single, GPS) then you are also IFR rated on that aircraft.

Basic Requirements for an IFR rating:

  • 40 hours instrument flying in an IFR rated aircraft or Simulator
  • At least 20 hours flying on an logged IFR flight plan
  • Minimum 10 hours dual Instruction
  • Up to 20 of the 40 hours can be logged on a Certified IFR Simulator.
  • Must be trained by an IFR rated instructor.

Cost of an IFR Rating

The cost of an IFR rating varies, based on the type of aircraft flown, how many of your hours are flown in a simulator (reduced cost).

If flying an aircraft on a flight plan, the requirements and costs are based on:

  • Maximum all up weight of the plane your flying
  • Total Nautical Miles you’ll be flying on the IFR flight plan
  • Size and type of airports on your flight plan (Regional or Major)
  • Aircraft and instructor hire. Twin engine aircraft can cost $600 to $700 per hour to hire, whereas a simulator session ranges from $160 to $210 per hour (logging the same hours).

So in summary the total costs include: Aircraft Hire, Fuel, Lodging flight plans, Instructor cost, Landing fees.

The most economical way to get fully IFR Twin or single engine rated.

You don’t need to hire planes, pay landing fees to train with us. Our Frasca is one of only a few dual flight simulators available to the public in New Zealand and you can save a significant amount of cost flying IFR with us.

The Frasca simulator looks and feels like a real plane cockpit with aviation instruments and flight controls. Pilots can log time solo, or in multi-crew scenarios with both pilots logging time if they are running captain, co-pilot scenarios.

Planes you can “fly” are:

  • Beechcraft Baron – twin engine
  • Piper Navajo – twin engine
  • Piper Seminole – twin engine
  • Piper Seneca – twin engine
  • Piper Warrior – single engine

Emergency procedures and scenarios can be practiced in the simulator that are not easily created in real situations. So pilots have the opportunity to learn extra skills in dealing with emergencies that they wouldn’t in a real plane. You’ll know exactly what to do to diagnose and sort any issues.

The cost of flying in one of our simulators five aircraft such as a Baron, Warrior or Seneca is far less than having to hire an actual aircraft if and when it is available. There are no landing fees you’ll need to pay, or Airways charges to think about.

Log hours as PIC in command of a CAA certified aircraft towards an instrument rating:

  • Two hours instrument ground time towards the issue of a Private Pilot Licence;
  • Five hours instrument ground time towards the issue of a Commercial Pilot Licence;
  • Five hours instrument ground time towards the issue of a Category C or B Flight Instructor Rating;
  • Up to twenty hours instrument ground time towards the issue of an Instrument Rating;
  • Two hours of instrument ground time towards the currency requirements of an Instrument Rating;
  • One NDB, VOR, RNAV (GNSS), LLZ or ILS approach procedure toward the currency requirements of an Instrument Rating;
  • One NDB, VOR, RNAV (GNSS), LLZ or ILS approach procedure toward approach currency requirements of an Instrument Rating in any one 3 month period;
  • Conduct of the cross-country portion and any one approach of every alternate Instrument Rating Annual Competency Flight Test;
  • Crew resource management procedures.

You can book sessions in the Frasca with your own or our instructors. Contact us below to make a booking or have a chat about your options.

Airplane Cockpit Equipment with indicators, buttons, and instruments.