First Time Pass
Average Time to Complete Course (full-time)
Average Time to Complete Course (hours)
(30 hours FNPT II/15 hours PA34)
(25 hours FNPT II/15 hours PA34)
Applicants for an IR(A) shall:
- Hold at least a PPL(A)
- Have completed at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC in aeroplanes, TMGs, helicopters or airships, of which at least 10 hours shall be in aeroplanes
- Hold the privileges to fly at night, if the IR will be used at night
The privileges of a holder of an IR are to fly aircraft under IFR, including PBN operations, with a minimum decision height of no less than 200 feet (60m).
For students with no prior instrument flying experience, the Instrument Rating course is a minimum of 45 hours instrument time under instruction. Up to 30 of these hours may be completed in an FNPT II simulator.
The 45 hour minimum training may be reduced for students who have previous instrument flight experience. This can include an IR(R) course, IFR PIC time, a CPL course, and potentially any other instrument flight time. Get in touch with us to discuss your options, as the credits you can claim are different for each individual.
The Instrument Rating package can be paid for in one of two ways:
Pay as you go
The packages include the stated amount of simulator (FNPT II) and aircraft (PA34) flight time, plus all approach, landing and circuit fees, as well as aircraft hire for the skills test. The examiner fee for the skills test is paid directly to the CAA and as such is not included in the package.
We have 3 package options available:
1. 45 Hour IR Package (30 hours FNPT II/15 hours PA34) - £16,720
2. 40 Hour IR Package (25 hours FNPT II/15 hours PA34) - £15,300
3. 15 Hour IR Package (15 hours PA34) - £8.580
Pilots with previous instrument flight experience can reduce the length of the IR course, with considerable savings. The course reduction is different for each pilot, so please get in touch with us to discuss your options in more detail.