Instrument Rating (Restricted)
A quick overview of the IR(R)
You will need an instrument rating attached to your licence if you want to fly under instrument flight rules. The restricted instrument rating enables you to fly the aircraft safely in adverse weather conditions. The unpredictable nature of Scottish weather makes this an extremely attractive rating.
What does it allow you to do?
You to fly UK registered aeroplanes in UK airspace (it is not valid outside the UK!).
Flight in IMC outside controlled airspace, (in Class G) and IFR flight in Class D or E controlled airspace with appropriate permission.
Flight out of sight of surface with a minimum take-off and landing in 1800m visibility.
What are the requirements?
You must have a PPL license and be at least 17 years of age in order to obtain a restricted Instrument Rating.
If you have a LAPL license, you will first need to obtain a PPL before you can gain this restricted instrument rating.
How long will it take?
A restricted Instrument Rating course requires 15 hours flight time, with at least 10 hours being with sole reference to instruments. There is also a requirement of 20 hours ground instruction, with 1 theoretical exam and 1 practical skills test.
After obtaining a restricted Instrument Rating you may wish to gain Aerobatic qualifications to further increase your license privileges.
Should you wish to pursue flying as a career, then you may wish to seek a Commercial License.