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IMC Rating

The Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) Rating legally allows pilots to fly in reduced visibility and increased cloud conditions within the UK. However it should only be used to get out of bad weather and not to get into bad weather. The course helps pilots improve their flying skills, weather and instrument appreciation. An IMC Rating is only valid in the UK, but enables you to fly in weather conditions considerably worse than those allowed with a basic PPL.


IMC Rating Requirements:


To add this rating to your licence you need to complete a minimum of:


15 hours dual flying with a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) that will cover subjects such as:


 Instrument appreciation

 Instrument holds

 VOR/NDB tracking

 Unusual attitude recoveries

 A minimum of two different instrument approaches



 Ground Exam

 Flight Test





An applicant must have at least 25 hours experience as an aeroplane pilot since the date of application for their PPL(A) with at least 10 hours as Pilot-in-Command of which at least 5 hours must be on cross- country flights.