Instrument Rating (Restricted)

The rating entitles the holder to fly under instrument flight rules.

What are the privileges of an Instrument Rating (Restricted)?

The Instrument Rating (Restricted) allows you to act as Pilot-in-Command under instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) within UK airspace. It allows you to use let-down and approach procedures to published decision height or minimum descent height and to undertake missed approach procedures.

How long is it valid for?

The Instrument Rating (Restricted) is valid for 25 months. Regardless of whether you need to renew (if less than five years expired) or revalidate, you must pass a proficiency check with an examiner.

The IR(R) course structure

Flying exercises

1 Basic flight manoeuvres
2 Unusual attitude recoveries
3 Basic flight manoeuvres
4 Unusual attitude recoveries
5 Compass turns
6 VOR tracking
7 ADF tracking
8 Approach procedures 1
9 Approach procedures 2
10 Approach procedures 3
11 Holding

Ground assessments

The theoretical knowledge examination covers:

Physiological factors
Flight instruments
Aeronautical Information Service - NOTAMS, UK AIP, AICs
Flight planning - Meteorology, altimetry, terrain clearance, radio aids, RADAR approach procedures
Privileges of the UK IR(R) Rating

Practical assessments

The skill test is to demonstrate that while acting as pilot in command (PIC) of the relevant aircraft type you can competently carry out the procedures and manoeuvres that you have been taught during your training course. The skill test is taken with an examiner.

Starting requirements


Your must hold an PPL, or CPL.


Your must hold a valid UK issued Flight Radiotelephony Operator's Licence.


You must have completed at least 25 hours of total flight experience following PPL(A), which must include ten PIC hours, five of which is navigation.

Why choose us?

Great training facilities

Generous time slots and friendly one-to-one instruction in our modern facilities mean that you'll always get the quality time that you need whilst training.

Our friendly team of staff are always on hand, should you need assistance.

Simple to use online services

Our online booking system is quick and easy to use. We'll also send you confirmation and reminder emails.

You can also log in to our members area to see your future bookings, or access our documents store, keep your knowledge up to date and see other relevant information, like Gamston's weather.

Great membership benefits

We are able to offer free landings at Gamston whilst using our aircraft.

We'll remind you when your ratings are going to expire to ensure that you're always up-to-date.

We offer free hot drinks whilst you unwind after your flight.

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