Competency-Based Instrument Rating (Aeroplanes)

Train to proficiently operate aeroplanes under IFR and in IMC, including PBN operations.

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The course breakdown:

45 hours of instrument time, under instruction

This rating is issued as an Instrument Rating (Aeroplanes).


Pre-entry requirements

To start the Competency-Based Instrument Rating (CBIR) course you must:

  • hold a licence issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1, to include a relevant class or type rating valid for the type or class of aircraft to be flown;
  • have passed the written examinations for:
    • ATPL;
    • IR(A); or
    • CBIR(A);
  • have completed at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC in aeroplanes, TMGs, helicopters or airships, of which:
    • at least 10 hours shall be in aeroplanes;
  • complete a pre-entry assessment to determine the amount of hours credited and to establish the training needs.

Course content

To determine the level of prior skill/knowledge and the likely staring point on the CBIR(A) course.
Basic full panel
Advanced full panel
Limited / partial panel
VOR and DME tracking & position fix / SRA
ADF & VDF tracking & position fix
Progress test
VOR holds & approaches
NDB holds & approaches
SIDS / STARS / DME arc / RADAR / transponder / missed approach
Departure / hold / procedural ILS
ILS / LLZ / en-route emergencies / IFR off-airways
Enroute procedures / RNAV approach
Progress test
SID / STAR / RADAR vectored ILS / DME arc / LLZ
Airways procedures / NDB holds & approaches
Procedural instrument flight revision
Full route
Progress test
EFATO / asymmetric ILS / missed approach
Enroute procedures including engine failure / NDB approach
EFATO / asymmetric VOR/DME / missed approach
SIDs / STARs / DME arc / RADAR / missed approach
Airways procedures / terminal/enroute holds & 2D approaches
Advanced full panel and limited panel
Route flying
Recommendation for test

Validity period

The IR(A) is valid for 12 months.

It can be revalidated with an examiner within the 3 months immediately preceding the expiry date of the rating.

We offer in-house examiners should you need to renew or revalidate your IR(A).

Why us?

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Simple online booking
Fair and clear pricing
Friendly, professional service
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We think differently about flight training.

With membership, you get access to our online members area. It's much more than online booking - you can see your training record, check Gamston's weather, pay for your flight online, and so much more!

Generous time slots and friendly one-to-one instruction in our modern facilities mean that you'll always get the quality time that you need whilst training.

Plus, we don't have any hidden payments. There are no landing fees at Gamston whilst using our well-maintained fleet of aircraft and hot drinks are available at no additional cost.