EASA - Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) Rating (IR Restricted)
Pilots holding a EASA or EASA PPL (A), as well as those training for the EASA license may undertake the training required to be issued with an Instrument Meteorological Conditions Rating.
The applicant must hold either a EASA or EASA PPL (A) and a flight radiotelephony operator’s license. He or she must have completed at least 10 hours flying as pilot in command since being granted a license, of which 5 hours must be cross-country flights.
The IMC course is a minimum of 15 hours flying, under instrument conditions. It is validated by the taking of a test which serves to demonstrate that the applicant can safely fly by sole reference to instruments, including basic handling with full and partial panel, radio navigation and the conduct of two separate types of approach. Under visual conditions, the pilot must demonstrate a bad weather circuit and landing.
The course will begin with basic instrument handling, including full and partial panel. When the student reaches a satisfactory level of competency such that he or she can take on more tasks the navigation phase will begin, which shall include various types of instrument approach. When the student is able to competently fly the required procedures (and having passed the theoretical knowledge exam) the flight test may be taken.
Holders of an Instrument Meteorological conditions rating may:
- Take off or land in flight visibilities not less than 1800 meters below cloud
- Fly outside of controlled airspace out of sight of the surface and under sole reference to instruments.
- Fly in Class D and E airspace in circumstances, which require compliance with Instrument Flight Rules.
- Fly in a control zone under special VFR in visibilities not less than 3 Km.
The IMC Rating is valid for 25 months. Revalidation is by test with a suitably qualified examiner.