IMC - Instrument Meteorological Conditions



The Instrument Meteorological Conditions Course

The IMC Course consists of a minimum of 15 hours dual flying. The basic instrument flying techniques demonstrated during the PPL will be revised and improved, introducing more advanced instrument flying skills.

This rating is designed as a 'get out of trouble' qualification and not as a replacement for the full instrument rating. This qualification is ideal for the changeable Scottish weather around Inverness and a very good introduction to flying on instruments.

Flight Training

  • 15 hours dual instruction
  • Not less than 10 hours of the course must be flown with sole reference to the instruments.

Ground Study

Minimum of 20 hours of theoretical knowledge training (of which 15 hours self-study) covering:

  • Physiological Factors
  • Flight Instruments
  • Aeronautical Information Service
  • Flight Planning
  • Privileges of the IMC Rating

Ground Examination

A written paper consisting of 25 multi-choice questions covering the IMC theoretical knowledge training. The pass mark is 75%. 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 IMC

  • 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
  • A Flight Radio-telephony Operators Licence

Revalidation / Renewal of the IMC

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.


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