INSTRUMENT & ADVANCED RADIO NAVIGATION COURSES
IRR / IMC
COURSE - 'Fast-Track option'
In brief the course consists of: (i) a minimum of 15 hours
actual flight training (plus briefing time), of which at least
10 hours must obtained in flight by 'sole reference to instruments'.
This minimum time can be reduced to 12 hours for UK Night
Rating holders (but not for the JAR Night Qualification).
(ii) a minimum of 20 hours Ground
The IRR/ IMC Rating
IMC training is essential if you already
hold a JAR/UK PPL and want to make full use of your licence.
You will gain the level of knowledge and skill needed to pass
the ground and flight tests for the issue by the CAA of a
UK IMC Rating. To achieve this you will follow the recommended
AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Operators Assocation) Syllabus.
Under the section concerning 'Instrument Approach Procedures'
for example, you will learn how to ‘let down’,
and to carry out an approach during instrument weather conditions.
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Methods and how to do it properly, trained
to high standards by experts.
IRR / IMC training is not designed to permit a pilot to operate
to the weather limits accorded to the holder of a full ICAO
Instrument Rating, but instead to those Decision Heights,
and visibility values as recommended and promulgated in the
RAC section of the UK Air Pilot -for use by IMC Rated Pilots.
In any event, as the holder of an IMC Rating
you must have a minimum filght visibility below cloud of 1800m
for take off and landing in order to operate within your privlleges.
For all the reasons why every PPL should
consider adding the UK IMC rating - check our pilot FAQ's
The AOPA Radio Navigation Certificate
AOPA has also designed a Syllabus of Instruction to encourage
pilots who hold either the JAR-FCL PPL or a UK NPPL(A) to
obtain formal training in Radio Navigation procedures for
use under Visual Flight Rules. For holders of a JAR-FCL
PPL issued by the UK CAA, this course of training can be
taken as a progressive step towards obtaining a UK IMC Rating.
To that end, as a JAR-FCL PPL holder who has qualified
for the AOPA Radio Navigation Certificate you will be exempt
from up to 5 hours instrument training at the Applied Stage
of the IMC course (without time limit).
You can commence this course at any time after qualifying
for a Private Pilot’s Licence and a Flight Radio Telephony
Operator’s Licence. There are no minimum pre-entry
hour, nor is there a calendar time requirement to complete
the course of training. This is one of highly recommended
courses for the relatively low houred private pilot.
You will learn the art of Navigation using radio beacons
to a higher level, giving you a very useful and adaptable
upgrade. Subjects covered, include the use of the VOR, DME,
ADF and GPS. This course is a must if you obtained your
PPL before JAR, or are qualified to NPPL level and now wish
to expand your navigation skills. Only 5 hours flying training
is required, concentrating on the use of radio navigation
beacons, concluding with a test flight and a written paper
with our examiner.
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Fees for the IRR / IMC and AOPA ratings - these offer
some of best value for high quality training in the UK (just
compare before deciding where to go).
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