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Private IFR rating examination
New pilot licensing regulations commence on 1 September 2014. CASA is currently reviewing and, where necessary, updating all website content to ensure it correctly reflects these regulations. Please note the information on this page might be outdated. If you have any questions about the new licensing regulations please contact your local Aviation Safety Advisor or CASA’s Licensing and Registration Centre for up to date advice.
A CASA examination for the Private IFR (PIFR) rating is now available on the PEXO system. Its examination code is PIFR.
The examination can be taken as an alternative to the examination set by the HOO of an instrument flying school and covers the knowledge required for issue of the basic Private IFR rating.
The examination is available seven days a week. Candidates may sit by arrangement with the HOO of a flying school who has approval to supervise this examination or through Aspeq. PEXO will provide a result and a Knowledge-Deficiency Report (KDR) immediately on completion of the examination.
The PIFR examination is based on the Private IFR rating aeronautical knowledge syllabus contained in CASR Part 61 MOS, Schedule 3.
CAAP 5.13-1(0) may assist candidates preparing for a Private IFR Rating. The CASA PIFR exam includes the material required to obtain the Flight Procedure Authorizations (FPA) for navigation using NDB, VOR, GNSS and flight at night. Should a candidate require additional FPA, e.g. for STAR procedures, they should pass either the CASA IREX examination or pass a supplemental examination for that FPA through an approved flying school.
The following information gives details of the examination.
|Number of questions||35|
|Time permitted||2 hours|
Details of material required for the exam.
Technical data and information to assist candidates in the preparation for the PIFR exam.