Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations)


A specialist qualification for the aviation industry. Successful completion will require competency in units that relate to work defined as aligned at AQF Level 5. Qualifications should be structured to align with licensing and regulatory requirements applicable to Instrument Flight Operations.

The self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques for self and others. Applications involve participation in the development of strategic initiatives as well as personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organising others. It may include participation in teams, including those concerned with planning and evaluation functions. Group or team coordination may be involved.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful assessment outcome for a total of at least 9 units comprising:

8 core units listed below


at least 1 of the elective units listed below.

NB: An optional units list is also provided so as to allow organisations the flexibility to meet specific needs beyond the mandatory 9 units which make up the qualification.

Core Units




Route Planning and Navigation

add topic AVIH5016A

Plan a flight under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)

add topic AVIH5017A

Navigate aircraft -IFR


Equipment and Systems Operations

add topic AVIW5018A

Operate and manage aircraft systems


Aircraft Operation and Traffic Management

add topic AVIY5020A

Conduct full instrument panel manoeuvres

add topic AVIY5021A

Conduct limited instrument panel manoeuvres

add topic AVIY5025A

Perform an instrument arrival

add topic AVIY5027A

Perform instrument departure - non published procedure

add topic AVIY5033A

Perform visual circling approach

Elective Units




Aircraft Operation and Traffic Management

add topic AVIY5034A

Perform non-directional beacon (NDB) instrument approach

add topic AVIY5035A

Perform VHF omni-directional radio range (VOR) instrument approach

Optional Units




Aircraft Operation and Traffic Management

add topic AVIY5023A

Operate multi-engine fixed wing aeroplane

add topic AVIY5026A

Perform standard arrival route (STAR)

add topic AVIY5028A

Perform instrument departure - published procedure (SIDSRD)

add topic AVIY5036A

Perform instrument landing system (ILS) instrument approach

add topic AVIY5037A

Perform distance measuring equipment (DME)/global positioning system arrival

add topic AVIY5038A

Perform global positioning system (GPS)/non-precision approach (NPA)

add topic AVIY5065A

Operate a multi-engine helicopter


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

AVI50408D iploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations)

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the Aviation Industry for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicate effectively with others while in flight

Listen to and interpret complex verbal information related to the flight including the clarification and confirmation of work requirements and the receiving of operational feedback

Read and interpret applicable regulations, policy documents, flight plans, instrument panels, technical data, signage, labels, safety management systems, charts, project plans, etc.

Speak clearly and directly on diverse and complex matters related to the flight including sharing data, requirements and procedures relevant to operations, issuing clear and timely instructions and information, communicating operational details to internal and external stakeholders, and providing support and feedback to crew

Write complex documents including preparing reports, plans, specifications and technical reports

Responsibly negotiate complex issues with others in the course of flight including obtaining information necessary to achieve objectives and negotiating processes and procedures appropriate to statutory and legal requirements

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviours

Implement communication systems, protocols and procedures

Use networks including active involvement in professional networks and the building of relationships to provide benefits for the team and organisation

Use numeracy effectively to understand operational flight data, perform calculations, forecast requirements and measure performance.


Provide situational leadership in appropriate circumstances

Motivate self and others

Coach, mentor and give feedback to colleagues

Provide information, instruction, training and supervision where required

Manage the avoidance and prevention of harassment of others in the workplace

Collaborate with others in the flight course

Work collaboratively with stakeholders in the flight context

Work with others of different ages, gender, race, religion, culture etc.

Problem solving

Develop practical solutions for problems arising in the course of flight including assessing hazards and ensuring there are plans or processes to manage identified risks, monitoring issues which arise in the course of operations and implementing and applying risk management systems

Manage hazards and risks in complex and diverse situations that may occur in the course of flight

Respond to changes in environment or circumstances, coordinating requirements and evaluating and monitoring ongoing performance

Show independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them.

Review systems and plans

Use applicable mathematics to solve complex problems related to flight.

Initiative and enterprise

Modify activities dependent on differing work situations and contingencies

Take appropriate initiatives in complex and diverse situations such as those above

Recognise and respond to changes in internal and external operating environments

Contribute to and manage continuous improvement processes

Be creative in approaches to change and innovation, in response to conflicts in coordination and allocation of resources

Translate ideas into action including applying consultative processes, developing plans, applying new technologies and concepts

Value input from colleagues

Manage the response to any contingencies and changes in equipment, standard operating procedures and the working environment.

Planning and organising

Implement operational and emergency plans, systems and procedures

Implement systems and procedures for maintaining compliance with applicable regulations and codes of practice as far as practicable

Implement workplace security and safety management systems (where applicable)

Contribute to the monitoring, evaluation and reporting on operational performance and compliance

Collect, analyse, interpret and organise information needed during flight activities

Prepare scope of work and work plans for self and team members where required

Be resourceful in planning for and assessing risk

Ensure feedback and other data contribute to improvements in operational effectiveness

Manage time and priorities in the course of flight

Ensure feedback and other data contribute to improvements in operational effectiveness.

Self management

Interpret and apply relevant regulations and instructions

Establish and follow own work plans and schedules

Evaluate and monitor own work performance

Take responsibility for meeting own objectives

Have confidence in own vision and goals

Develop trust and confidence in staff and other stakeholders

Maintain effective networks.


Adapt to any changes in systems, equipment and procedures and the workplace operating environment

Be open to new ideas and change and in particular facilitate and support change processes with staff and apply previous experience and feedback in formulating improvements to practice

Provide opportunities for instruction, coaching and mentoring others in the workplace as required

Contribute to the assessment of the competence of others in the workplace

Identify personal training needs

Adapt own competence in response to any changes in operational environment

Update own knowledge and skills required for flight activities.


Use complex equipment and IT systems required during flight

Apply a range of IT skills

Use IT to organise and access data including the monitoring of the flight including the instrument and the recording and the reporting of system status

Applying IT as a management tool to store and organise data

Implement and monitor operational and maintenance procedures and systems for equipment used during flight

Implement and monitor the application of OH&S procedures when using IT and other equipment and facilities.