The holder of a valid IR(R) can fly UK registered aeroplanes in UK airspace, in IMC outside controlled airspace and IFR flight in Class D or E controlled airspace with appropriate permission. The holder can also fly out of sight of the surface with a minimum visibility of 1800m for take off and landing and carry out let-down and approach procedures to published decision height or minimum descent height and to undertake missed approach procedures.
Requirements for obtaining an IR(R):
25 hours total experience as pilot of aeroplanes following PPL issue, which must include:
- 10 hours as Pilot in Command of aeroplanes, 5 of which must have been cross country flights and,
- 15 hours as Pilot Under Training in instrument flying during the IR(R) course. 10 of these must be by sole reference to instruments.
Passed the written exam
Passed the Skills Test with a Flight Examiner