Instrument Flight Rating
An Instrument Rating (IR) permits you to fly an aeroplane as the Pilot in Command under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).
Having an Instrument Rating means you are no longer reliant on visual navigation principles and ideal weather.
Instrument rated pilots are able to fly from A to B with sole reference to the flight and navigation instruments (mostly), and can therefore fly through clouds without needing visual references.
An IR takes around 3 months to complete full time, or can be completed on a part time basis if required.
Theory subjects and ground courses
- Air Law
- Flight Navigation
- Instruments and Navigation Aids
- GNSS theory course
Flight test requirements
- 50 hours total VFR navigation flight experience as Pilot in Command; and
- 40 hours total instrument time, including 20 hours instrument flight time, and the specific flight experience detailed by AC61-17