Instrument Meteorological Conditions Rating
CAA and JAR-FCL PPL(A)
Pilots holding a CAA ppl licence can continue to add a CAA IMC rating. Pilots holding a JAR-FCL PPL(A), as well as those training for the EASA PPL(A) licence may undertake the training required to be issued with an Instrument Meteorological Conditions Rating, UNTIL 8/4/2014. Pilots with an existing IMC rating will now be allowed to retain this subject to revalidation and renewal requirements, as an EASA IR ( Restricted) rating. Pilots who have an EASA PPL may add an IR (Restricted) but the process fore doing thi si not yet clear
However it will continue to be possible to add an IMC rating to a CAA licence for Annex 2 Aircraft.
Therefore in addition to continuing to support existing IMC holders, and new IMC ratings valid only on Annex 2 Aircraft, we will be applying for approval to instruct for the new EASA en route IR rating and possibly for the full IR.
Pre-requisites for CAA IMC or EASA IR ( Restricted)
The applicant must hold either a CAA or JAR-FCL PPL(A) and a Fight Radiotelephony Operator’s licence. He or she must have completed at least 10 hours flying as pilot in command since being granted a licence, 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 taking 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.
SECTION 1 FULL PANEL INSTRUMENT FLYING
1.1 Straight and level flight at given IAS I
1.2 Turns at given rate I
1.3 Turns onto given headings I
1.4 Climbing and descending (including turns) I
1.5 Recovery from unusual attitudes
1.5.1 Recovery from a steep descending turn
1.5.2 Recovery from a steep climbing turn
3. SECTION 2 LIMITED PANEL INSTRUMENT FLYING
2.1 Straight and level flight I/R
2.2 Climbing and descending I/R
2.3 Turns onto given headings I/R
2.4 Recovery from unusual attitudes
2.4.1 Recovery from a sustained 45 degree banked turn
2.4.2 Recovery from a steep descending turn
2.4.3 Recovery from the approach to the stall
SECTION 3 RADIO NAVIGATION AIDS
3.1 Position Fixing (to include VOR or ADF) I
3.2 Interception of given radial I
3.3 Maintenance of given radial for 10 minutes
SECTION 4 LET-DOWN AND APPROACH PROCEDURES
4.1 Let down and approach to DH/MDH using pilot interpreted aid (Note 4) Aid used
4.2 Holding (Note 5)
4.3 Missed approach procedure
4.4 Second approach to DH/MDH using a different aid from Section 4.1 (Note 6) Aid used
SECTION 5 BAD WEATHER CIRCUIT
5.1 Bad weather visual circuit
SECTION 6 FLIGHT WITH ASYMMETRIC POWER
6.1 Control of the aeroplane following failure of one engine in the climb I
6.2 Identification of the failed engine and completion of failure drills
6.3 Climbing and level turns in asymmetric flight
Privileges of the Instrument Meteorological Conditions Rating
Holders of an Instrument Meteorological conditions rating may:
• take off or land in flight visibilities not less than 1800 metres 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 3Km.
Revalidation is by test with a suitably qualified examiner.
Approximately £2500 inc VAT.