PPL Instrument Rating (PPL/IR) Rating
The IR rating allows you to operate an aircraft in much worse weather conditions than a basic PPL and is designed to allow you to conduct a whole flight in poor conditions compared to the IMC rating.
It also allows you to enter class A airspace and is valid across all European states.
The IR consists of 55 hours (multi-engine) 40 of which can be completed in the FNPTII simulator, and you will be required to take and pass IR theoretical exams in the following subjects:
- Air Law/Operations Procedures
- Aircraft General Knowledge
- Flight Performance and Planning
- Human Performance Limitations
- Communications (IFR)
The IR rating is valid for 12 months and in order to revalidate you must pass a practical flight test either in a simulator or aircraft (this alternates each year).