IR (R) / IMC

Get an Instrument Rating and don't be worried by weather

Undertaking this course will prepare you for both practical and theoretical test to gain IR(Restricted) rating. You’ll be trained to fly in bad weather as well as instrument flying, to extend your horizons and don’t get limited by weather conditions.

What can you do with IR(R)

  • Fly in IMC conditions
  • Be less dependent on weather
  • Fly IFR en-route
  • Shoot ILS approaches
  • Shoot VOR & GPS approaches
  • Increase confidentiality
  • Fly by instruments
  • Better cockpit management












£ 3,490

Includes £40 ground exam fee, excludes landing fees or any approach fees. Additional £10/hour when training for EASA license.

Time and hours

5 d

minimum duration

15 h

flight training

The IR(Restricted) course will be conducted either full-time or part-time to suit candidate requirements. Full-time courses will operate 5 days a week from 9:00 to 17:00 in winter months and until 18:00 in summer months. The course is expected to take a minimum of 5 days but is subject to weather. We also run part time courses and do ad-hoc training.

Aircraft we use

This course is normally flown in our amazingly equipped PA-28 or C177RG, to provide you with best possible platform.

Course Syllabus

Flight training
The flying training for the initial issue of the IR(Restricted) includes a minimum of 15 hours training in instrument flying in an aircraft. The flight training syllabus includes the following items:

Full panel Instrument Flying (IF)
Limited Panel (IF)
Partial Panel (IF)
Applied Stage consisting of
Departure and En-route
Approach and Let-Down
Bad Weather Circuits and Landings
Flight with Asymmetric Power (if Multi-engine privileges are sought)
The IR(Restricted) flight training contains a total of:

15 hours of flight training in a SEP or MEP class of aircraft
1.5 hour Flight Test in a SEP class of aircraft
Note 1: Flight Test times are approximate.

Note 2: The LST is in addition to the course syllabus hours.
Ground school
The ground-training syllabus allows the trainee to gain a thorough understanding of operation in reduced visibilities and a low cloud base. The training includes systems essential to the operation of the aircraft.

It is likely that, under average conditions, a minimum of 20 hours study will be required. The TKI is delivered via self study, covering the following subjects:

Physiological Factors
Flight Instruments
Flight planning
Terrain Clearance
Radio Aids
Radar Approach Procedures
Privileges of the IR(Restricted)
A more detailed description of the content of the theoretical knowledge training is described in the TKI section of this part.

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