IR – Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating refers to the qualifications that a pilot must have in order to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Instrument rating is a must if you want to become a professional pilot and is useful when flying long distances as a private pilot. 

Course entry requirements


The privileges of a holder of an IR are to fly aircraft under IFR with a minimum decision height of 200 feet (60 m).

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Ground training

The applicant has to go through ground training covering:

  • Air law
  • Instrumentation
  • Flight planning & monitoring
  • Human performance & limitations
  • Meteorology
  • Radio navigation
  • Communications

Course duration

The module course covers at least 200 hours of self-study and class sessions.

Flight training

Basic instrument flight module:

  • Basic instrument flight without external visual cues (horizontal flights, climbing, descending, turns in level flight, climbing, descending)
  • Instrument pattern
  • Steep turn
  • Radio navigation
  • Recovery from unusual attitudes
  • Limited panel
  • Recognition and recovery from incipient and full stalls

Procedural instrument flight module:

  • Pre-flight procedures for IFR flights, including the use of the flight manual and appropriate air traffic services documents in the preparation of an IFR flight plan
  • Procedure and maneuvers for IFR operation under normal, abnormal and emergency conditions
  • transition from visual to instrument flight on take off
  • standard instrument departures and arrivals
  • en route IFR procedures
  • holding procedures
  • instrument approaches to specified minima
  • missed approach procedures
  • landings from instrument approaches, including circling
  • In flight maneuvers and particular flight characteristics 

Examination – Practical

Priore to the final practical skill test to have at least 50 PIC navigational flight hours.

The applicant must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Operate the airplane within its limitations
  • Complete all maneuvers with smoothness and accuracy
  • Exercise good judgment and airmanship
  • Apply aeronautical knowledge
  • Maintain control of the airplane at all times


The IR(A) can be obtained in a range period starting from two months depending on the trainees time availability for both theoretical and practical training.

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The price includes all components needed for being able to comply with the IR(A) issuance requirements

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DescriptionAmountUnit price EURTotal EUR
Cessna 172 P501326 580
Flight instructor50402 000
IR(A) Ground training & briefing/debriefing1996996
Total EUR9 576

The price is without VAT (+ 21 %).

Training fees are covering the following items and services:

  • Instructor time for practical training only
  • Aircraft rental with fuel 

*All training fees are bound to the actual exchange rates of the local currency of the Flying Academy base where the training or a part of the training is provided. 


We offer the possibility to upgrade for Cessna 172SP Garmin 1000.Below you can find training fee difference that will be charged on a top of standard offer.

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DescriptionAmountUnit price EURTotal EUR
Cessna 172SP (upgrade from Cessna 172P)2516400
Total EUR621