AVI50519 - Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) - CRICOS Code: 0101223

This course is delivered by White Star Aviation on behalf of Aviation Australia.

White Star Aviation is a boutique Flight Training Academy in Ballina, ready to launch the next generation of inspiring aviators. Their clean and modern facilities are located at the Ballina Airport, less than 30 minutes away from Byron Bay and 60 minutes to the world-famous Gold Coast.

Uniquely owned by a team of three aviation professionals who collectively hold all of the qualifications, skills and approvals required to operate a full-scope aviation business, White Star Aviation affords its customers diversity of operations few others can offer. Boasting over 100 years of General Aviation experience, the management team share a passionate obsession with the industry that sets them apart.

The White Star Aviation fleet boasts the latest technology in avionics and in-house maintenance ensures minimum down-time on aircraft, including:

  • Cessna 172, 182 and 206
  • Diamond DA40NG and DA62
  • Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche
  • CKAS MotionSim1 Flight Training Device (CASA approved) – designed to simulate a G1000 Piper PA44 Seminole and a G1000 or analogue C172, providing students with a leading full-flight trainer/aircraft combination for basic training through to Multi-Engine Instrument Rating.

Students are mentored through their program by a network of Airline Captains.  Their ‘Captain’s Lounge’ portal provides the students with direct access to 14 airline captains across 5 continents, representing 12 companies, all available to provide guidance, mentorship and insights to our current and past students.

White Star Aviation is a Part 141 CASA approved flight training facility at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (New South Wales). The standard course is aligned with the CASR Part 141 flight training requirements under White Star Aviation’s CASA Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

Open To:

International Students


AUD $41,470.00*


12 weeks


Armidale (New South Wales), Ballina (New South Wales)

Study mode:




Course start dates:
  • 23 September 2024

*Payment plans are available. There may be additional fees not contained in your tuition fees. Please note the prices listed on the website are subject to change.
Aviation Australia reserves the right to revise the course prices at any time. In the event of such changes, the client will be notified at the time of registration and confirmed prior to course enrolment.

Candidates must:
  • Before you start – Additional assessment requirements:
    Some countries may require additional assessment requirements, such as a higher IELTS or equivalent level and/or student interview. You will be advised upon application if further details are required. Aviation Australia does not recommend sitting an IELTS before having received an offer.
  • Academic Suitability:
    Evidence of completion of Year 12 or equivalent. Where an applicant does not meet these requirements, Aviation Australia may consider sufficient relevant work experience (documented via a resume and referees) and/or a successfully completed higher level qualification that demonstrates academic suitability. Aviation Australia uses these equivalent international education achievement levels.
  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Assessment:
    You must address in writing all the questions in the GTE section of the application form that can be found here. You can find additional guidelines to structure your responses here.
  • Current Valid Passport:
    The applicant’s passport must be current and valid for at least 6 months from the course commencement date.


  • Documentation Requirements:
    • All documentation supplied must be certified and translated (in full) to English. Please refer to the front page of the application form for more details.
    • If you need support in submitting your application, you can contact one of Aviation Australia’s registered agents here.
    • Applications submitted with uncertified documents will not be processed.

Please find below the screening and enrolment procedure for your perusal:

  1. You can apply online by using the International Enrolment Form (snapforms.com.au) and Aviation Australia will then assess your profile.
  2. If successful, you will be issued a Letter of Offer.
  3. You will then be able to proceed with the deposit payment for the course and you will get issued with a Confirmation of Enrolment that you can use to apply for your student visa.

Please note: this course also requires you to successfully apply and obtain the items listed below before you commence your practical training.

  • Aviation Reference Number. You can apply here.
  • Casa Class 1 Medical Certificate. You can find a list of onshore and overseas medical services here.
  • Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC). You can find more information here.

You can also access the CASA pilot guide here for your perusal.

Study Modes


Self study for a minimum of 5 hours per week is required with access to a computer and reliable internet connection. Each study period needs to be completed before progressing to the next study period.

This is an intensive course; students are expected to complete additional revision on a regular (daily) basis. For minimal disruption, it is recommended that students do not undertake any employment whilst studying this program.

Face to Face

Face to face training is located at White Star Aviation in Ballina, New South Wales. Flight lessons/briefings may be conducted at various aerodromes that may require travel. A minimum of 20 hours per week face to face training is required.

Recognition of Prior Learning

We offer the opportunity to have your previous studies, qualifications and experience assessed for certification against this course.

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White Star Aviation

210 Southern Cross Drive
Ballina Airport, NSW, 2478

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There is free parking available onsite.


The facility has a range of student study areas with equipment to assist students with course study.

There are full kitchen facilities available for student use.