Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) Rating


Full Instrument Rating may go beyond what you will practically need to fly. If you have an UK CAA pilot licence you can apply for a limited form of Instrument Rating, which is not normally recognised outside of the UK, though it is easier to obtain.

The IMC rating can be endorsed as an Instrument Rating (restricted) (IR(R)) on a Part-FCL licence – both are restricted to UK airspace only.

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The course consists of a minimum of 15 hours of dual instruction, with a written examination and skill test. The pilot must have completed 25 hours post-PPL flying before the rating can be issued.

The privileges of the IR(R) allow:

  • You to fly UK registered aircraft in UK airspace
  • 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 RVR of 1800m
  • Let-down and approach procedures to published decision height or minimum descent height and to undertake missed approach procedures


IMC: Pre-entry Requirements
IMC: What's included
IMC: Not included

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