• Pre-requisites

    Licence

    You must hold one of the following licences:

    • at least a PPL(A) and FRTOL
      or
    • a CPL(A)
      or
    • an ATPL in another category of aircraft

    If you want to use the privileges of the IR(A) at night and you only hold a PPL(A) you will also need to hold a Night rating.

    Flying experience

    You must also have completed at least 50 hours of cross country flight time as Pilot in Command (PIC) in aeroplanes, TMGs, helicopters or airships of which at least 10 hours shall be in aeroplanes.

    Ratings

    If you don't hold a CPL(A) and you want to complete the Procedural Instrument Flight Module you will need to have a Course Completion Certificate for the Basic Instrument Flight Module you will need to have a Course Completion Certificate for the Basic Instrument Flight Module before you take the course.

    If you are completing a multi-engine IR(A) course but don't hold a multi-engine aeroplane class or type rating you will need to complete the training requirements for this type of aircraft before you start the IR(A) course.

    Basic instrument flight module

    This consists of 10 hours of instrument time under instruction, of which up to 5 hours can be instrument ground time in a BITD, FNPT I or II, or an FFS.  Once you have completed this you will be issued with a course completion certificate.

    Procedural instrument flight module

    This consists of the remainder of the training syllabus for the IR(A), 40 hours single engine or 45 hours multi-engine instrument time under instruction and the theoretical knowledge course for the IR(A).

    Completing your training

    All instructional stages must be completed in one continuous, approved course of training.

    Theoretical knowledge training and exams

    You must complete at least 150 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction.

    You must pass the relevant theoretical knowledge exams within an 18 month period.

    Theoretical knowledge crediting

    An applicant for an IR or an EIR having passed the relevant theoretical examinations for a CPL in the same aircraft category is credited towards the theoretical knowledge requirements in the following subjects:

    • Human performance
    • Meteorology

    Flying training (single engine)

    A single engine IR(A) course must include at least 50 hours instrument time under instruction, of which:

    • up to 20 hours may be instrument ground time in a FNPT I
      or
    • up to 35 hours in an FFS or FNPT II.  A maximum of 10 hours of FNPT II or an FFS instrument ground time may be conducted in a FNPT I

    You must take a skill test at the end of your training course.

    Flying training (multi-engine)

    A multi-engine IR(A) course must include at least 55 hours instrument time under instruction, of which:

    • up to 25 hours may be instrument ground time in a FNPT I
      or
    • up to 40 hours in a FFS or FNPT II.  A maximum of 10 hours of FNPT II or an FFS instrument ground time may be conducted in a FNPT I

    The remaining instrument flight instruction shall include at least 15 hours in multi-engine aeroplanes.

    You must take a skill test at the end of your training course.