The UK ‘Instrument Rating (Restricted)’ has replaced the IMC rating under EASA. Historically, the UK IMC rating was introduced to allow UK based pilots to gain the skills they need to safely fly in instrument conditions in case the famously unpredictable island weather catches you out. Under EASA, the UK was given permission to continue the IMC rating, now called an IR(R), and allow UK pilots to maintain instrument flying skills within the UK without having to complete a costly and lengthy full IR.
The IR(R) allows the holder to operate UK registered aircraft, under IFR and in UK uncontrolled, or Class D/E airspace. The holder can also conduct instrument approach procedures down to the published minima.
The course consists of a minimum of 15 hours flying where you’ll be introduced to basic and applied instrument techniques. You’ll learn how to fly straight and level, turn, climb and descend, all without looking out of the window. You’ll then learn how to perform instrument approaches down to the published minima. The course concludes with a Flight Test and a single, multiple-choice, theory exam. Ground school is available for the theory test.
Before starting the IR(R) you need to have completed 25hrs following your PPL issue, including 10hrs solo P1 time. IR(R) training may be included in the 25hrs required.