PTT at Leeds offers a first class environment for taking your IR course.
The IR allows you to fly in poor weather conditions and Class A airspace (above a certain altitude and around many major airports).
The course consists of 55 hours minimum training (reduced to 45 if you hold a CPL) of which at least 15 must be in an aircraft and carried out in our Diamond DA42 with G1000 Avionics and FADEC engine controls, the remainder can be in a simulator. We have an approved FNPTII simulator here at Leeds.
The IR entry requirements are:
- PPL with night rating (OR CPL OR ATPL)
- Valid medical
- ATPL theory exams completed (otherwise eight IR exams will need to be taken)
- MEP Class Rating
- Minimum 50 hours of cross-country flying as PIC.
Below are the typical exercises conducted on the Instrument rating course.
BASIC INSTRUMENT FLIGHT MODULE
|FLIGHT||FLIGHT DETAIL||INSTRUMENT FLIGHT TIME|
|BFM-01||Basic Instrument flying||1:00|
|BFM-02||Basic Instrument flying||1:00|
|BFM-04||Recovery from unusual positions (full panel)||1:00|
|BFM-06||Recovery from unusual position (limited panel)||1:00|
|BFM-10||Progress test 1||1:00|
If you have not completed CPL or ATPL theory exams, the IR theory exams must be taken and include:
- Air Law
- Aircraft General Knowledge
- Flight Performance & Monitoring
- Human Performance & Limitations
- Radio Navigation
- Communications (IFR)
PROCEDURAL INSTRUMENT FLIGHT MODULE (ME)
|FLIGHT||FLIGHT DETAIL||INSTRUMENT FLIGHT TIME|
|PFM-01ME||FNPTII Famil: Basic IF full & limited panel||1:00|
|PFM-04ME||SID / STAR||1:50|
|PFM-05ME||SID / STAR||1:50|
|PFM-08ME||Hold / Non-precision approach||2:00|
|PFM-09ME||Hold / alternate non precision approach||2:00|
|PFM-11ME||EFATO and asymmetric flight||1:00|
|PFM-12ME||Asymm Appr: Proc / radar vectored / missed appr||1:50|
|PFM-13ME||Consolidation SID / Hold / Appr / EFATO||1:50|
|PFM-18ME||Airways route / Circling approach||2:00|
|PFM-19ME||Progress test 2||2:00|
|PFM-20ME||SID / Hold / NDB / Vectored ILS / Circling||1:50|
|PFM-21ME||SID / Hold / NDB / EFATO / Vectored ILS / Circle||1:50|
|PFM-22ME||SID / Hold / NDB / EFATO / Vectored ILS / Circle + GH||2:00|
|PFM-23ME||IR Skill test proflie||2:00|
|PFM-24ME||IR Skill test proflie||2:00|
|PFM-25ME||IR Skill test proflie||2:00|
|PFM-26ME||IR Skill test proflie||2:00|
|PFM-27ME||Progress test 3||2:00|
On completion of your training you would then need to take and pass the flight test with a CAA examiner.
The Instrument Rating (IR) is valid for 12 months and is renewed with a flight test with a registered examiner.
IR Revalidation and Renewals
An Instrument Rating (aeroplanes) is valid for 12 months. A Multi-Engine Instrument Rating can be revalidated at the same time as revalidation of the Multi-Engine class rating and they frequently are done together to save time and money.
Please note that multi pilot aeroplane privileges do not carry over to single pilot aeroplanes and vice versa – the holder of both a SPA IR and MPA IR has to revalidate both ratings separately if they wish to continue to fly both aircraft.
Our ‘in house’ authorised IR examiner (CRE/IRR) can conduct the revalidation or renewal test.
Revalidation/Renewal in the aeroplane
The revalidation of the IR and the Multi-Engine class rating can be conducted in one flight, which usually takes between 1hour 15mins – 1hour 30 mins.
Basically it is an IFR departure with a short en-route section, an air work section to include the general handling for the MEP revalidation followed by a hold, NDB EFATO and single engine ILS (one of the approaches needs to be asymmetric). To satisfy the MEP revalidation we finish with a short circuit detail.
If you feel you need any revision work on instrument procedures before the test we can offer a simulator programme to suit your requirements.
Revalidation in the simulator (FNPTII)
You can revalidate your IR in the FNPTII Simulator on alternate years which is usually a cheaper option and generally more time efficient, as you are not reliant on the weather or booking training beacons. However, this only revalidates your IR and not your MEP class rating which can be revalidated separately on the aircraft and would be a shorter flight than the combined test.
The test profile is similar to the one in the aeroplane and if required you can have a practice session prior to test.
Renewal of an IR (A)
Where an IR has expired by more than five years but not less than seven years and IR privileges have not been exercised in any other category of aircraft or under the privileges of an ICAO licence, an IR Proficiency check with a Flight Examiner will be required.
Where an IR has expired by more than 7 years and IR privileges have not been exercised in any other aircraft an IR Skill Test with a Staff Flight Examiner will be required and applicants will also need to sit the IR (A) or ATPL (A) examinations.