An Instrument Rating - gives pilots greater flexibility, giving them the skill to fly when the weather is not bright and sunny
There are two types of Instrument ratings: the Group 1 Rating and the Group 3 Rating.
The difference between the two ratings is that the Group 1 allows you to fly under IFR (instrument flight rules) in a multi-engine aeroplane.
An Instrument Rating allows you to:
- Group 1 - Fly under Instrument Flight Rules in a single or multi-engine aeroplanes in IMC (Instrument meteorological conditions), as endorsed on their licence
- Group 3 - Fly under Instrument Flight Rules in single-engine aeroplanes in IMC, as endorsed on their licence
- Valid PPL or CPL
- Valid, appropriate Medical Certificate
- For Group 1 Instrument Rating - multi-engine rating
To achieve your Group 1 or Group 3 Instrument Rating you must have :
- completed a minimum of 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command in aeroplanes
- 40 hours instrument time of which a maximum of 20 hours may be instrument ground time, including:
- One dual cross-country flight under simulated or actual IMC conditions to a point a minimum of 100 nautical miles radius from the point of departure.
- The flight is to be conducted in accordance with an IFR flight plan and must include, at 2 different locations, an instrument approach to minima.
- successfully completde a flight test to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Standard – Instrument Rating (TP9939E)
- obtained a minimum of 70% on the written examination for Instrument Rating (INRAT). (Ground school is not required, but is highly recommended)