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Modular course towards your full IFR rating


Course Overview

The aim of the CBM IR(A) course is to train PPL or CPL holders for the IR(A) in a modular way, taking into account prior instrument flight instruction and experience. Having completed the course, you’ll be proficient in operating aircraft under IFR and in IMC, with a minimum decision height of no less than 200 feet (60 m).

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Time and hours



instrument time under instruction


may be completed in FNPT 1


may be completed in FFS or FNPT 2
When the candidate has completed instrument flight instruction provided by an IRI(A) or an FI(A) holding the privilege to provide training for the IR or prior experience of instrument flight time as PIC on aeroplanes, under a rating providing the privileges to fly under IFR and in IMC, these hours may be credited towards the 40 hours above up to maximum of 30 hours.

When the candidate has prior instrument flight time under instruction other than specified in (a)(i), these hours may be credited towards the required 40 hours up to a maximum of 15 hours.

In any case, the flying training shall include at least 10 hours of instrument flight time under instruction in an aeroplane at an ATO.

The total amount of dual instrument instruction shall not be less than 25 hours.


£ 9,800

Based on 40 hrs of flight training, excludes landing fees or any approach fees.

Ground school priced at £60/hr.

If you have previous IMC experience the 40 hours cap may be reduced, thus price also will be reduced.

In order to asses your qualifications and prepare the best training route, a mandatory assessment flight will be organised before start of training, priced at £250.

Course Syllabus

Theoretical training

An approved competency-based modular IR(A) course shall comprise at least 80 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction. The theoretical knowledge course may contain computer-based training and e-learning elements. A minimum amount of classroom teaching as required by ORA.ATO.305 has to be provided (not be less than 10% of the total duration of the course).

Aircraft we use

The course is delivered in our state-of-art Cessna 177 RG Cardinal or Piper PA-28-181 Archer III aircraft. These are the best aircraft for such training, which will challenge you initially, but once mastered will give a lot of pleasure during training and flying.

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An applicant for an CBM IR must fulfill following the requirements:

  • Be the holder of a PPL(A) or CPL(A) including an appropriate medical certificate and class/type rating for the IR(A) sought e.g. MEP class rating for a ME IR,
  • Completed at least 80 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction to the IR(A) knowledge level at an ATO. The course of theoretical knowledge instruction shall be completed within 18 months,
  • Passed at least the theoretical knowledge examinations in accordance with FCL.615,
  • The instrument flight instruction and the IR(A) skill test shall be completed within the period of validity (36 months) of the pass of the theoretical knowledge examinations in accordance with FCL.025.

Additional credits are available. For details refer to CAP 804 Part 1 and Appendix 6 to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011.

Tests & Examinations

After completion of course, you must pass the following theoretical knowledge examinations:

  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General Knowledge – Instrumentation
  • Flight Planning and Monitoring
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Radio Navigation
  • Communications

A pass in a theoretical knowledge examination paper will be awarded to a candidate achieving at least 75% of the marks allocated to that paper. There is no penalty marking.

After successful completion of the theoretical knowledge examinations they will be valid for the issue of a IR(A) for a period of 36 months.

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