FAA Instrument rating - IR(A) is a qualification that extends the privileges of PPL(A) and allows a pilot to fly according to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) with a minimum decision height for a landing of 60m (200 feet). FAA Instrument Rating can be accomplished here in Europe. You will need to pass a written exam and a skill test with an FAA DPE in Europe. (NOTE: Currently written exam can only be taken in USA)
What are the prerequisites?
Be at least 17 years of age
Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language fluently.
Hold a Private Pilot License. (either standalone or 'piggyback')
Obtain at least a third class medical certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner
Pass a computerized aeronautical knowledge test in the USA
Have 50 hours of cross country time
Have 40 hours of instrument time of which 15 hours are with an FAA CFII
Have completed a 250nm cross country IFR flight
Pass an oral test and flight test administered by an FAA inspector or designated examiner in Europe or USA
What is the Price and Duration of Instrument Rating! The time duration of obtaining an instrument rating depends on student schedule and proficiency. Flying often, studying frequently and efficiently and being prepared for each flight lesson will ensure that the instrument rating is achieved at a lower cost and within the minimal timeframe. The average amount of time to obtain the rating is about 3 weeks. Please contact us for price detail.
Why should I obtain an FAA IR fist instead of EASA IR? An FAA IR is easier to obtain, faster to obtain and cheaper to obtain (e.g.no 80 hrs ATO ground-school requirement, no 7 theory exams to pass). Once you hold an FAA IR you may want to decide to obtain an EASA IR also and even hold 2 licenses with two IR’s (1x EASA and 1x FAA). Quite handy if you would lose one of your medicals. License and IR conversion from FAA to EASA is now quite simple.
How do I convert my FAA IR to EASA IR? The rating can be easily converted to an EASA Instrument Rating by taking a flight test and without sitting extra written exams. There are no theoretical knowlegde examinations, however, there is an oral examination designed to confirm understanding of EASA rules and procedures.
What are the requirements to convert from FAA IR to EASA IR?
Be at least 17 years of age
Be in possession of a Class One (or Two) medical certificate before training commences. Holders of a Class Two medical must also hold an audiogram
Hold a Part-FCL PPL(A) or CPL(A)
Hold a valid ICAO IR(A) - this means that you must be able to currently execrise the privileges of the rating at the time of skill test
Have a minimum experience of at least 50 hours of flight time under IFR as PIC on aeroplanes.
Is it possible to study and fly part time with you? Yes, we need to come up with a schedule that works for both of us.
Can I use my own airplane during IR course? Yes, you can. AS long as your airplane is IFR approved.
In what language is the course conducted? English.
Can I convert my EASA IR (Restricted) to FAA IR? Yes, the good news is that your previous instrument experience will count. In the best case, presuming you are already a reasonably proficient instrument pilot then the IR upgrade can be completed in as little as 15 hours flying training.
Where is the training location? I use 2 different airports. ESGP and ESGT
If you cannot find the answer to your question above or you need further information then please contact us.