IR(R) IMC and Night Ratings
Pilot Flight Training teaches both the IR(R) IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) qualification, and the Night rating. The IMC allows pilots to fly in marginal weather conditions, and the Night rating allows pilots to fly after sunset and before sunrise.
IR(R) IMC Rating
The IR(R) IMC course teaches the pilot to fly in marginal weather conditions including cloud, radio navigation and instrument approaches. The IR(R) IMC is a national rating – the CAA will only add an IR(R) rating to a UK issued PPL licence. Minimum requirements for the IR(R) course are at least 25 hours experience following PPL issue (10 of which are as Pilot In Command and 5 hours of cross-country flying). The IR(R) course is a 25 hour course – 15 hours of dual instruction and 10 hours of flying solely on instruments.
The basic PPL (A) and LAPL (A) licence allows the pilot to fly in daylight only – for those who want to fly in the still night skies, we teach the Night qualification which allows the holder to fly before sunrise and after sunset. The Night qualification is a EASA qualification and is recognised throughout Europe. Night training can be completed during PPL or LAPL training. The requirements for the Night qualification are 5 hours of overall night flying, of which at least 3 are under dual instruction, and at least 1 hour of dual night navigation. This training must include 5 take offs and full stop landings at night.