Instrument Rating (Restricted)
The IR(R) allows you to pilot your aircraft in slightly worse weather conditions than the basic PPL. However, it must be stressed that this licence is designed to allow you to depart into better weather or land should the weather change en-route and is more of a ‘get out of jail card’. It is not a licence to takeoff, cruise and land in poor weather. The IR(R) is a UK rating but may be added to an EASA licence as an Instrument Rating (Restricted). The rating introduces instrument procedures and builds on the work already undertaken during the PPL.
The requirements to start the IR(R) course are an issued PPL with 10 hours Pilot in Command, which must include 5 hours of cross-country navigation.
The IR(R) course consists of 20 hours ground school and a minimum of 15 hours airborne training, of which 10 hours must be by sole reference to instruments.
You will also need to take and pass both a written theoretical examination and practical flight examination. The rating is valid for 25 months and in order to revalidate you must pass a practical flight test.