The Instrument Rating course allows pilots to fly an aircraft under Instrument Flight Rules

The IR (INSTRUMENT RATING) allows flying in low visibility conditions, therefore not suitable for VFR, thanks to on-board instruments.

Pre-Requisites for Admission:

  • Be in possession of a Private Pilot's License (PPL(A)).
  • Have completed at least 50 hours of navigation as PIC (of which at least 10 on aircraft) before starting training and 75 hours as PIC to take the practical exam;
  • Be in possession of First-class mental and physical fitness certificate issued by a medical specialist in aviation medicine (AME);
  • Be in possession of TEA (Test English Aviation) certificate with at least a score of 4 out of 6;
  • Be in possession of NIGHT VFR Rating with 5 hours of night flying performed, including at least 3 hours total Dual Command (DC)
Course Schedule:
Total hours of theoretical instruction: 150:00
Total hours of practical instruction: 50:00

The training course for the achievement of IR(A) includes the following parts:

  • Theoretical instruction related to the IR(A) Instrumental Rating, including the contents of the PBN;
  • Practical instruction related to IR(A) Instrumental Rating, including PBN certification.

Theoretical part involves the IR THEORY course that ATO offers via Distance Learning platform to conduct 150 hours of theoretical instruction distributed in the various teaching subjects (10% in the classroom with instructor). Once the 7 theoretical exams have been passed, the student will be introduced to the practical part.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who have passed all ATPL theory exams will not have to take the theory course or take theory exams but will enter directly into the flight phase.

Subjects covered in this module:

  • Aircraft general knowledge - Instrumentation
  • Air Law
  • Flight planning and monitoring
  • Human performance
  • Meteorology
  • Radio navigation
  • Communications

For a total of 150 hours of training

Flight Program:

The flight program includes no less than 50 hours of training, including 31 hours on FNPT II simulator and 19 hours on PIPER PA28 aircraft with instructor.

PLEASE NOTE: The amount of flight experience credit is determined, based on the documentation produced, following an assessment by the school, in accordance with the EASA PART FCL regulations.

Scheduled exams:

7 IR theory exams at an ENAC Directorate once the theory is completed and the internal test is passed successfully. A practical exam with ENAC Inspector once the theoretical exams have been passed with positive results and the 50 hours of flight time have been completed.

Course Duration:

The duration of the Theory Course is normally between 4 and 12 months from the start date. However, the course must be completed within 18 months from the start date. The practical examination may be taken within 36 months of passing (part or all of) the theoretical assessments. It may be taken entirely on SEP class to enable the attainment of the IR rating on "Single Engine (SE)"; or on SEP and MEP for the attainment of the IR rating on "Multi Engine (ME)" (which qualifies the candidate for IR on both SEP and MEP classes).

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