The Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) Rating

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An Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) Rating extends the privileges of a PPL(A) holder to allow flight as Pilot-in-Command when out of sight of the surface, when in IMC conditions, and, in class D or E airspace in circumstances which require compliance with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

However, the holder shall NOT fly an aeroplane on a special VFR flight in a control zone in a flight visibility of less than 3 km (1.9 miles) and can not take-off or land an aeroplane at any place if the flight visibility below cloud is less than 1,800 metres (5,900 feet).

The minimum course requirements includes fifteen (15) hours training in instrument flying, two (2) of these hours may be in our Frasca flight simulator. A minimum of ten (10) of the hours shall be flown by sole reference to instruments alone. Following this approved course, the student is allowed to sit the written theoretical ground examination and to take the flight test.

Before an application for the rating can be submitted, the applicant must have twenty five (25) hours experience as a pilot since the date of application for their PPL(A). This shall include ten (10) hours as PIC, of which at least five (5) hours must be on cross-country flights.

The rating is valid for a period of twenty five (25) months from the date of the flight test.