Instrument flight authorization

Instrument flight authorization

Competency Based Instrument Rating (CB-IR)

The introduction of Regulation (EU) 245/2014 in the EASA member states in 2014 significantly simplified entry into instrument flight. The aim is to make general aviation safer overall and, in particular, to attract more holders of private (PPL) and commercial (CPL) pilot licenses for instrument flight. The learning objectives in the theoretical training were reduced by almost 40% compared to the classic IR by excluding the HPA (High Performance Aircraft) part and the proportion of IFR flight hours was also reduced from 50h compulsory hours to 40h.

The Competency Based Instrument Rating authorizes the holder to conduct cross-country flights under instrument flight rules, as well as departures and approaches and up to a decision height of 200ft (60m) without outward visibility.

In the theoretical training, 7 subjects must be passed at EASA CB-IR level. A self-study period of 5 weeks (15 hours per week) is calculated for the online course. After successful self-study, the course concludes with a 2-day classroom course. At least 40 hours of IFR flight instruction must be given during the practical training. Of these, we can carry out up to 25 flight hours in our certified FNPT II flight simulator.

Requirements before starting the training:

  • PPL(A) or CPL(A) according to Part FCL with valid class rating SEP(L)
  • Medical Class II with pure-tone audiometry or Medical Class I
  • 50 flight hours cross-country as “pilot in command” (PIC)
  • General radiotelephony certificate AZF
  • “ICAO English Level 4” Language level
  • Night flight authorization to carry out IFR flights at night
  • can be completed separately at our flight school.

The use and integration of your own aircraft for practical training within our ATO is possible under certain conditions. We will be happy to advise you personally and without obligation.