Instrument Rating (Restricted)

Pre – Course Requirements

Flying Experience

You must have achieved 25 hours total experience following PPL issue and 10 hours as Pilot in Command before commencing the IMC Rating.

Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence

You must hold a UK-issued Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence in order to be eligible for the issue of a UK IMC Rating.



The syllabus consists of a minimum of 15 hours flying. The exercises will include basic and applied instrument flying techniques.

Airline Pilot instructing scout on map reading at Bodmin Airfield


Each lesson will start with a brief and an aircraft inspection before flying. Every maneuvere will be demonstrated by an instructor  before allowing yourself to take the controls!

What the Course Also Involves

Theory Exams

There is a single written exam to pass before completion of the course covering:

Physiological factors
Flight instruments
The Aeronautical Information Service
Flight Planning
Privileges of the IMC Rating

What you can do with your licence!

The Instrument Rating (Restricted) is a national rating that can be added to a UK issued pilot licence. It is designed to enhance the privileges and instrument flying skills of a PPL holder that will enable a pilot to fly in weather conditions below the minimum requirements for a basic PPL holder. However, it is not a substitute for a full Instrument Rating, which is required for flight into controlled airspace.