Apply for an Instrument Rating (Helicopter)

How to apply

Description


The holder of a Part-FCL IR(H) may exercise the privileges of the rating to fly EASA Helicopters registered in the EU. The privileges of a holder of an IR(H) are to fly helicopters under IFR with a minimum decision height of 200 feet (60 m).

In the case of a multi-engine IR, these privileges may be extended to decision heights lower than 200 feet (60 m) if you have completed specific training at an ATO and passed section 6 of the skill test prescribed in Appendix 9 to Part-FCL in multi-pilot helicopters.

Holders of an IR(H) shall exercise their privileges in accordance with the conditions established in Appendix 8 to Part-FCL. To exercise privileges as PIC under IFR in multi-pilot helicopters, you must have at least 70 hours of instrument time of which up to 30 hours may be instrument ground time.

Pre-Requisites


Theoretical Knowledge Examinations 

 

  • See CAP804 Section 4 Part G, Subpart 2

Flying Training

  • You must have completed a course of training at an ATO approved under Part-ORA as defined in CAP804 Section 4 Part G, Subpart 2 and section 4 Part L appendix 6 point B .

Single Engine IR (H)

  • See CAP804 Section 4 Part G, Subpart 2 and section 4 Part L appendix 6 point B

Multi Engine IR (H)

  • See CAP804, Section 4, Part G, Subpart 2 and section 4 Part L appendix 6 point B

Single Engine IR(H) to Multi Engine IR (H)

  • See CAP804 Section 4 Part G, Subpart 2 and section 4 Part L appendix 6 point B

Skills Test and Licence Issue Requirements

  • You must pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 7 to Part-FCL to demonstrate the ability to perform the relevant procedures and manoeuvres with a degree of competency appropriate to the privileges granted.

  • For a multi-engine IR(H), the skill test shall be taken in a multi-engine helicopter. For a single-engine IR(H), the test shall be taken in a single-engine helicopter. 

    (Please ensure that your examiner has met the designation of examiner for skills test for initial issue of Licences, ratings and certificates and Briefing of Non UK examiners requirements, as detailed in information notice IN 2012/153 and IN 2012/156, if applicable)

  • In addition your medical records must be held by the UK CAA and you must hold a current and valid PART MED class 1 medical certificate.
  • A current and valid Language Proficiency level acc

    Cost


    • £121 for the issue of an Instrument Rating onto a Professional Licence
    • £89 for the issue of an Instrument Rating onto a Private Licence.

    Please refer to the Scheme of charges table 5 page 6.

    An additional fee will be payable if you would like your documents to be returned by secure courier.

    Processing time (On receipt of all required information)


    We endeavour to process applications in 10 working days from receipt.

    Validity period


    1 year from the date of passing the IR(H) skills test.

    Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms


    You will need to provide


    • Fully completed Online Application.
    • Course completion certificate.
    • Evidence of Identity (Original passport or full European Driving licence) or a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner.
    • Original skills test forms or a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner.
    • Payment
    • If you are applying on the basis on a Third country ICAO licence conversion we will also require the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate. If your ICAO licence does not show the validity of dates of ratings, please submit certified copies of the relevant logbook pages that confirm the currency of the ratings. In addition we also require a letter of verification of the licence from the issuing NAA.
    • If you are applying on the basis of training and testing being completed by a non UK approved EASA Part ORA Approved Training Organisation we will in addition require a copy of the ATO’s PART ORA approval certificate and simulator approval.
    • If you are applying on the basis of credits as a member UK Armed Forces please attach a copy of completed form SRG2133
    • Evidence of a valid language proficiency level, if not conducted as part of the Skills test.

    Please note that we reserve the right to ask for submission of original logbooks and other documentation when needed.

    How to apply


    Once all of the requirements above have been met please complete and submit the appropriate form below:

     

    What to expect


    • A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant.
    • Following an acceptable assessment your licence will be processed signed and despatched.
    • We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending while the additional requirements are met.
    • An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the UK CAA rejects your application for not meeting all of the requirements. This will also be applied if you choose cancel your application.

    Contact us


    fclweb@caa.co.uk

    Licensing Department
    CAA
    Aviation House
    Gatwick Airport South
    Gatwick
    RH6 0YR