The Instrument Meteorological Conditions Rating (IMC):

Under EASA the IMC became the Restricted Instrument Rating (IRR/A) and is a minimum of 15 hours flying training. The average flight time to reach the standard required is closer to 22 hours and "promises" by organisations of completion in 15 hours may not be met! 

 

If you held or hold an IMC rating and an EASA licence, your renewal flight test will automatically give you an IRR(A)

For initial issue, having never held an IMC or IRR(A), there is 1 multi-choice exams to pass in addition to a flight test.

With an IMC/IRR(A) rating you will be able to pilot your aeroplane in UK airspace in less than ideal conditions. The IRR/A does NOT give limited IFR privileges in European Airspace. There is some airspace you still will not be able to fly in unless the weather conditions are reasonable. It is a rating that provides you with good training to get you home if the weather suddenly changes for the worst or to fly to your destination in the sunshine on a route above a complete cover of cloud.

 

The Night Rating:

A five hour course enabling you to fly and carry passengers at night. There is no written examination and no flight test.

 

Multi-engine Rating.

This is a minimum of 6 hours flying training and some will do it in 6 but most without variable pitch or retractable gear experience will need a little more!

 

There is a minimum experience requirement in single engine aeroplanes of 70 hours P1 (in command) before the course can be commenced.

 

When all the flying training has been completed and the exam passed there is a Flying Skills Test to pass. The test is general handling only.

 

A multi-engine rating can only be attached to an EASA-PPL or an existing UK-PPL, but not to a NPPL/LAPL. You will be able to pilot multi-engine piston aeroplanes, up to 5700 kilograms (about 5½ tons), carrying as many passengers as they will hold, anywhere (in theory) in the world, in reasonable weather conditions.

 

Complex Type: Differences training.

There is no specified length to the course, no written and no flight tests.

 

Tail-wheel conversion/Differences training.

There is no specified length to the course, no written and no flight tests.

 

Aerobatic Training.

Basic and advanced courses are offered in a variety of aircraft. The most economical aircraft for the basic course is the Cessna 150 Aerobat then onto an aicraft such as a CAP10B for more advanced manouevres and negative G work

 

Continuation training and training in your own aircraft.

Other training can be organised e.g. to learn to use an ADF or to learn to use GPS equipment.

 

Training in your own aircraft is often possible providing certain CAA criteria are met.

 

Call 07841 465865 or email bruceabbott@hotmail.co.uk

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