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.


The privileges of a holder of an IR(A) are to pilot airplanes under IFR with a minimum decision height of 200 feet (60 m). Decision heights lower than 200 feet (60 m) may be authorized by the CAA after further training and testing.

Subsidized iPad

Flying Academy is giving the opportunity to all trainees starting the Instrument Rating training to buy a subsidized iPad Mini 4G+WiFi for just 5.400 CZK / 200 Euro / 270 USD / 169 GBP, tax included. The purpose of the iPad is to be used primarily for studying, as materials are sent wirelessly to the trainee’s iPad, but also as an aid in the flight training, by using the electronic charts, POHs etc.

Ground training

The applicant has to go through ground training covering:

  • Air law
  • Instrumentation
  • Flight planning & monitoring
  • Human performance & limitations
  • Meteorology
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Operational procedures
  • 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

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.

Cost & Fees

The course fees cover:

  • All training manuals
  • Access to the Learning Management System and question bank
  • Instructor time for both theoretical & practical training
  • Training manuals
  • Aircraft rental
  • Simulator FNTP II rental

It does not cover the landing and communication fees, dependent on trainees' destination airport desires. The complete list of airport and fees will be handed to each trainee prior to course start.

Prices in foreign currencies are based on exchange rate averages. The exact amounts to be paid in Euro or USD will be presented with the offer.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • First class medical certificate or Class 2 medical certificate with audio
  • At least PPL (A) (Private Pilot License) holder with Night Rating
  • English language skills
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 16, 2018
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