Apply for an Instrument Rating (Aeroplane)

Guidance for commercial pilots

Description


The holder of an Part-FCL IR(A) may exercise the privileges of the rating to fly EASA aeroplanes registered in the EU and non-EASA aeroplanes registered in the UK that fall within the privileges of the licence and the valid ratings included in the licence.

(a) The privileges of a holder of an IR are to fly aeroplanes under IFR with a minimum decision height of 200 feet (60 m).

(b) In the case of a multi-engine IR, these privileges may be extended to decision heights lower than 200 feet (60 m) when the applicant has undergone specific training at an ATO and has passed section 6 of the skill test prescribed in Appendix 9 to this Part in multi-pilot aeroplanes.

(c) Holders of an IR shall exercise their privileges in accordance with the conditions established in Appendix 8 to Part-FCL.

Pre-Requisites


The ATO must ensure that the anyone applying for a multi-engine IR(A) course who has not held a multi-engine aeroplane class or type rating has received the multi-engine training specified in Subpart H before starting the flight training for the IR(A) course.

 

Theoretical Knowledge Examinations

Please refer to CAP 804, Section 4 Part G, Subpart 1 and section 4 Part L appendix 6 point A

Flying Training

You must hold at least a PPL(A) and the privileges to fly at night in accordance with FCL.810 i; or (ii) an ATPL in another category of aircraft; or a CPL(A) and have completed at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC in aeroplanes, helicopters or airships of which at least 10 hours shall be in aeroplanes.

Single Engine IR (A)

See CAP804 Section 4 Part G, Subpart 1 and section 4 Part L appendix 6 point A

Multi Engine IR (A)

See CAP804 Section 4 Part G, Subpart 1 and section 4 Part L appendix 6 point A

Single Engine IR(A) to Multi Engine IR (A)

See CAP804 Section 4 Part G, Subpart 1 and section 4 Part L appendix 6 point A

Skills Test and Rating Issue Requirements

  • You must have passed an IR Skills test (aeroplane) within 12 months before receipt of application.
  • For an IR(A) you must pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 7 to Part-FCL
  • For a multi-engine IR(A), the skill test must be taken in a multi-engine aeroplane.
  • For a single-engine IR, the test must be taken in a single-engine aeroplane.
  • 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  

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(A) 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 to cancel your application.

Contact us


fclweb@caa.co.uk

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