Advanced Flight Training

Instructors Rating

What is a Grade 3 Instructors Rating? 

Being an instructor is not a small responsibility.

Teaching someone to fly takes time and patience.

With the refined skill set of a Grade 3 Instructor, you will be able to teach flight and all the necessary skills that come along with flying an aircraft.

In being a Grade 3 Flight Instructor you are able to give flight training in all sequences for a Private Pilot License and a Commercial Pilot License.

    • Hold a valid Commercial Pilot License or Airline Transport Pilot License.
    • Hold a class 1 medical certificate.
    • 20 hours of flight instructor patter training conducted by a Grade I or a Grade II Aeroplane Flight Instructor.
    • 20 hours dual in an aeroplane (5 hours may be done in an approved FSTD)
    • Passing applied Meteorology & Navigation (Instructors Exam)
    • Passing Principles of Flight, Legislation & Airmanship (Instructors Exam) 

What is an Instrument Rating?

Ever wondered how a Pilot navigates his way through clouds? An instrument rating allows a Pilot to conduct flight when visual reference is zero. By using the Instruments and a very refined set of skills, the Instrument Rated Pilot is able to pilot and navigate the aircraft with little to no visual reference of the earths surface. An Instrument rating can be done on a Single engine aircraft or a Multi-Engine Aircraft.


  • Private Pilots License 
  • Night Rating 
  • 40 hours dual instrument time (20 hours may be done in an approved FSTD)
  • Passing the Instrument Rating Exam
  • Passing the Intrument Rating Procedures


Night Rating:

What is a Night Rating?

A Night Rating affords the competent Private Pilot the chance to conduct operations at night. It effectively increases the versatility and skill of the pilot as flying at night requires comprehensive judgment to conduct a flight safely and effectively. It is a requirement for the aspiring Commercial Pilot to have a Night Rating and it’s also the practical second step to take towards their Commercial License once a Private Pilots License has been completed.


What are the requirements?

  • Must hold a valid Private Pilot License.
  • Must have 5 hours of theoretical training
  • Must have 10 hours dual instrument flight instruction (5 hours may have been completed in an approved FSTD)
  • Must have completed 5 take-offs and landings by night
  • Night cross country of at least 150nm and including two full stop landings at different aerodromes
  • Passing the Night Rating Exam

Complex Aircraft Conversion

What is complex aircraft conversion?


A complex aircraft is one that has a variable pitch propeller and retractable undercarriage. A minimum of 5 flight hours has to be completed on a complex aircraft for a Commercial Pilots License. There are no minimum requirements by law to do a complex conversion. 

Multi-Engine Rating

What is a Multi-Engine Rating?

A Multi-Engine Rating is necessary when moving up in your aviation career. Most commercial flying is done in Multi-Engine aircraft. These aircraft tend to be more complex and involve a higher workload when managing the systems. There are no minimum requirements by law to fly a Multi-Engine aircraft. It is strongly advisable to do a Multi-Engine conversion if you are working towards a career in aviation.

Advanced Flying and Energy Management:

Energy management in an aircraft is essential to being a good pilot.
At Saphire Blue Pilot Training, we offer a 10 hour compact course of advanced flight training and energy management.
This course covers short field landings and takeoffs, steep turns and confined space manoeuvring while being well aware of your aircraft limitations.
An advanced flying course is something to consider for a pilot flying in mountainous terrain, or into short field strips. 


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