PPL/IR flight training for private pilot licence holders

PAT has been one of the very few professional flight schools to take seriously the private pilot who, maybe for business reasons, needs to acquire an Instrument Rating.

Professional Air Training Ltd is owned by husband and wife team Linda and Anthony Mollison who both have business backgrounds. As such, they understand time constraints and other business pressures and will try to be as flexible as possible, in order to develop a timetable that suits you, whilst giving you the optimum chance of completing your training in a timely and cost-effective manner. This includes training on a part-time and weekend basis.

PAT is proud of its success in helping private pilots to gain their ambition of holding an Instrument Rating. After graduation it is recommended that pilots join PPL/IR Europe, a network of PPL/IR holders (or intended PPL/IR holders) which provides vocal support for the PPL/IR across the continent, and is strongly supported by Professional Air Training Ltd. Contact Sali Gray, the PPL/IR Network Membership Secretary at:

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Changes are afoot!

A dedicated EASA working group has recently looked at the future of instrument flying qualifications for European airspace.

The proposals for the IR, which are incoroprated into EASA in April this year, include a reduced and more relevant theory syllabus (80 hours instead of 200), and two new ratings are to be introduced, the En-Route IR (EIR) and the Competency Based IR (CBIR). No changes are proposed to the standards required, either for the ground exams or for the Instrument Rating flight test.

En-route Instrument Rating

This will consist of 15 hours instruction (at least 10 at an ATO).  There will be a multi-engine option.  The skill test will be performed by an IRE.  Revalidations will alternate:

-  6 hours IFR PIC in the last 12 months plus a 1 hour flight with an IRI

-  Proficiency check in last months with a CRE/IRR or an IRE.

Competency-based Modular IR Course

This will consist of training as follows:

-  Single engine 40 hours

-  Multi engine 45 hours

Only a minimum of 10 hours aeroplane will have to be completed at an ATO.

A minimum of 25 hours total instruction will have to be completed, i.e. 15 hours instruction outside an ATO.

The balance could be 15 hours IFR as PIC.

The IRT & IRR will be as for the current IR.

Ground School

Although other ground schools may run PPL/IR ground studies we strongly recommend the following school:

Ground Training Services (distance learning only):

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Tel: +44 1202 580809

Although the course is run by distance learning, you will be required to attend a period of full-time training. Ground Training Services course consists of two distance learning modules, each followed by a three day full time brush-up course.

Flying Training

We currently offer two options for the PPL/IR, single engined and multi engined, although we fully intend to offer the EIR and the CBIR when the UK CAA approve this.

The single engined course is a 50 hour course consisting of 30 hours in our FNPTII simulator and 20 hours in our Beech Sierra complex single.

The multi-engined course is a 55 hour course consisting of 35 hours in our FNPTI & II simulators and 20 hours in our Beech Duchess multi-engined aircraft. You need to have completed a multi-engine piston class rating course before you commence the multi IR course.

Both courses have the option of completing an extra 5 hours in the FNPTII and 5 hours less in the aircraft. This obviously reduces the price but we feel that the extra hours in the aircraft give you a greater chance of a first time pass in minimum hours.

If your own aircraft is suitably (IFR) equipped, there is the possibility – and maybe the advantage - of using this aircraft for the IR flying. However, this option first needs a detailed discussion of the plus and minus points. Please contact us to talk it through.