Do you want to improve your
flying ability? The IMC course is valuable training to allow you to fly
legally when others are forced to stay on the ground.
How often have you tried to
fly on a sunny day only to find you are peering through haze with no visible
horizon? Are you fed up of groping your way around under a grey sky at
1000' agl when only 2000' above the sun is shining and there's 20 km visibility!
We can teach you the secrets
of instrument flying so that you can enjoy the privileges of the IMC rating.
You can start as soon as you have your PPL (JAR) and with our modular
course we aim to improve your cross country flying in as little as 5 hours
by teaching you basic radio navigation skills.
The IMC rating extends the
privileges of a PPL holder to allow flight as PIC:-
1) Out of sight of the surface.
2) In a control zone with
a special VFR clearance in a flight visibility less than 10 km but greater
3) When in IMC outside controlled
airspace notified for schedule 8.
4) Carrying passengers above
3000 ft amsl in IMC or in a flight visibility less than 5 km at or below
that height, when outside controlled airspace notified for the purposes
of schedule 8 to the ANO.
5) During takeoff and landing
with a flight visibility below cloud of not less than 1800 metres.
and Training Requirements.
At the time of
applying for an IMC rating the following are required:-
1) 25 hours experience
as an aeroplane pilot since applying for the PPL. This must include the
10 hours PIC
of which 5 hours must be on cross country flights. The remaining 15 hours
may include the dual instrument training for the IMC rating.
2) A Flight Radio
Telephony Operators Licence.
includes 15 hours instruction in instrument flying of which 10 hours must
be by sole reference to instruments.
hours of ground training is required covering the following syllabus:-
ii) Flight instruments
iv) Flight planning
of IMC rating
of the training a written test and flying test have to be passed with
one of our examiners.
The rating is
then valid for 25 months and can be renewed with a simple revalidation
Our modular IMC
is designed to allow you to complete the training in short sessions taking
only one or two days at a time.
Module 1 (5
full panel instrument flying and radio navigation.
Training: Full panel instruments attitude flight, basic
and intermediate flight manoeuvres.
VOR, ADF and VDF position fixing
Bad weather circuits
Module 2 (5 Hours)
Aim: Emergency instrument flying procedures. Radar 'talkdown'
Training: Revision of full panel instrument flying
Limited panel instrument flying
Partial panel instrument flying
Surveillance Radar Approach
Recoveries from unusual attitudes
Module 3 (5 Hours)
Aim: Successfully complete pilot interpreted instrument
approaches. Prepare for IMC flight test.
Training: ILS approaches
Revision of partial and limited panel instrument flying.
As we have well equipped aircraft, we can also offer additional
pre-Instrument Rating training using the following equipment;
Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI)
Radio Magnetic Indicator (RMI)
Global Positioning System (GPS - IFR Approved)
Area Navigation (RNAV)
These types of systems are usually only found on larger
more complax aircraft!