The Instrument Rating (Restricted) Course Originally known as the IMC (Instrument Meteorological Course) the IR(R) course consists of a minimum of 15 hours dual. The basic instrument flying techniques demonstrated during the PPL will be revised and improved, introducing more advanced instrument flying skills.
The EASA IR(R) rating is designed as a 'get you out of trouble' qualification and not as a replacement for the IR. This qualification is ideal for the changeable Scottish weather around Inverness and very good introduction if your intention is to proceed to the IR eventually.
The rating entitles the holder to fly in IFR/IMC weather conditions, VFR on top of cloud and also to undertake instrument approaches such as the ILS, VOR and Surveillance Radar (SRA) procedures. The rating only allows the full privileges outside of class 'A' airspace but just the same increases the SVFR privileges within class A. Class A airspace is confined to only a few areas of the UK; airways, the London Control zone and a number of TMAs including the Channel Islands TMA. Therefore the full privileges of the rating can be used extensively within the UK.
15 hours dual instruction
Not less than 10 hours of the course must be flown with sole reference to the instruments.
Minimum of 20 hours of theoretical knowledge training (of which 15 hours self-study) covering:
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Privileges of the IMC Rating
A written paper consisting of 25 multi-choice questions covering the IMC theoretical knowledge training. The pass mark is 72%. The examination must be passed within 12 months preceding the date of application. It can be taken before or after the flight test.
Requirements to apply for IR(R)
25 hours experience as a pilot since date of application for PPL (A)
The 25 hours must include 10 hours PIC of which 5 hours must be cross country flights
IMC rating course flying (15 hours) may be included in the 25 hours experience
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Revalidation / Renewal of the IR(R)
Renewal and revalidation require training if/as required and a proficiency test. The proficiency test including Limited Panel Instrument flying, Let-down and Approach procedures and Bad weather circuits.
You need to demonstrate logbook evidence showing that in the period since the previous flight Test/Check you've successfully completed a let-down and approach to DH/MDH, a go-around and a missed approach procedure, using an aid of a different type from that used during the Let-down and Approach Procedures of your initial flight test. Alternatively you may carry out two approach procedures using different aids.