IMC Rating (UK ONLY)

The full Instrument Rating may go beyond what you practically need to use. If you have an EASA or UK CAA pilot licence you can apply for a limited form of instrument rating. This is not normally recognised outside of the UK but it is a lot simpler to obtain.


This is an Instrument Metrological Conditions (IMC) rating, which can be endorsed as an Instrument Rating (restricted), the IR(R) on a Part-FCL licence. 


The IMCR or IR(R) is restricted to UK airspace only.

About the Course


The course consists of a minimum of 15 hours, all dual instruction, with a written examination and skill test. The pilot must have completed 25 hours post-PPL flying before the rating can be issued.


The privileges of the IR(R) allow:


  • You to fly UK registered aeroplanes in UK airspace
  • Flight in IMC outside controlled airspace, (in Class G) and IFR flight in Class D or E controlled airspace with appropriate permission
  • Flight out of sight of surface with a minimum take off and landing RVR of 1800m
  • Let-down and Approach Procedures to published Decision Height or Minimum Descent Height and to undertake missed approach procedures

Pre Entry Requirements



Current Class I or II Medical / Medical Declaration.


25 hours post licence issue before the rating can be issued.

What's Included

15 hours dual training.


10 landings.


Membership for duration of course


Ground briefings

What's not Included

Fuel surcharge (when levied)


Away landing fees and circuit fees


Approach fees


CAA and examiner fees


All hours or landings over and above those included with this package

Please call us on +44 (0) 1959 540 045 for current prices.

IMC IR(R) Information Pack

Our students say…

“I have nothing but praise and admiration for Falcon. Over the last few years they have taught my how to fly, how to fly at night and how to fly by instruments. I have achieved a licence in all three and this is simply due to the excellent tuition provided by Falcon. Flying has become my favourite pastime as a result.  If anyone thinking of learning to fly is considering Falcon as a good choice of flying club then look no further.  I would recommend them without reservation.”
Professor Mike Parker.