I.M.C (Instrument Meteorological Conditions)

Whether your fresh from the PPL course or an experienced VFR Pilot, the Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) rating permits flight in a wider range of weather conditions, such as cloud and poor visibility. A great way of building your skills along with your confidence. The IMC also maximises your chances of regular flying in the UK’s variable weather conditions.
The IMC course ends with a test during which you show your proficiency at controlling the aircraft using the various flight instruments and following an "instrument approach procedure" to find your way safely on to the final approach to land. All without looking outside the aircraft.

Pre-course requirements


To begin your IMC rating you must hold a valid JAA PPL (or UK PPL if issued prior to June 1999) and we would recommend having a valid SEP (Land) Rating and medical as these will be required prior to issue of the rating.

In addition:

To apply for the IMC rating to be added to your licence you must have the following requirements:

• 25 hours total hours since PPL issue (15 will be covered by the IMC course itself)
• 10 hours as pilot in command following PPL issue of which 5 hours may be in a flight simulator (FNPTI, FNPTII, BITD) and 10 hours must be by sole reference to instruments

Groundschool


There is an IMC Rating ground examination to pass. The exam is multi-choice and has a pass mark of 75%. You can self-study for this examination or you can attend groundschool with our dedicated IMC instructors.
The groundschool is organised on an ad-hoc basis as and when required and can be on a one-to-one basis or for more than one student at a time.

What you can do with your IMC Rating?


The IMC rating is a UK-only rating that allows the holder to fly in worse weather conditions than their PPL will allow. A holder of an IMC can fly out of sight of the surface (either in or above cloud), and fly in flight visibilities of zero. There are still some restrictions, mainly to do with visibility during the take-off and landing phases of flight, and the rating is only valid in UK airspace.

Training


The course consists of 15 hours of instrument training, of which 2 hours may be in an appropriate simulator. You will also be required to pass a multiple choice written exam and an IMC skills test.
Qualification
Your IMC rating must be re-validated every 25 months, when you will be required to take a flight test.
Please note that the IMC rating is valid only within the UK. However, you may be able to exercise its privileges in other countries by prior arrangement

Qualification


Your IMC rating must be re-validated every 25 months, when you will be required to take a flight test.
Please note that the IMC rating is valid only within the UK. However, you may be able to exercise its privileges in other countries by prior arrangement