IMC / Instrument Rating (Restricted)

Act as pilot-in-command under instrument meteorological conditions within UK airspace.

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The course breakdown:

15 hours of flight instruction
1 theoretical knowledge examination

This rating is issued as an Instrument Rating (Restricted), unless you hold an NPPL.

The use of an IMC / Instrument Rating (Restricted) is confined to UK airspace only.


Pre-entry requirements

To start the IMC / Instrument Rating (Restricted) course you must:

  • hold a valid PPL(A) / CPL(A);
  • hold a valid UK issued FROTL;
  • have completed at least 25 hours of total flight experience post licence issue, which much include:
    • at least 10 hours of flight as pilot-in-command, which must include:
      • 5 hours cross country (navigation) flight.

Course content

Basic flight manoeuvres (full panel)
Unusual attitude recoveries (full panel)
Basic flight manoeuvres (limited panel)
Unusual attitude recoveries (limited panel)
VOR tracking
ADF tracking
Approach procedures
Physiological factors
Flight instruments
Flight planning
Privileges of the rating

Validity period

The IMC / Instrument Rating (Restricted) is valid for 25 months.

It requires a test to revalidate. We offer in-house examiners should you need to renew or revalidate your IMC / Instrument Rating (Restricted).

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.