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Competency Based Instrument Rating




The aim of the Competency Based Instrument Rating (CBIR) course is to prepare the trainee to be able to conduct flights by day (and night if the trainee holds a night rating) under IFR, and pass the IR Skill Test with an Instrument Rating Examiner (IRE).


Pre-entry requirements


  • Be at least 17 years of age

  • Passed the EIR/CBIR theoretical knoweldge examinations

  • 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 at least an EASA PPL(A) and have completed at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC in aeroplanes and demonstrate fluency in the English language to a minimum of ICAO level four

Credits for previous experience


For holders of an ICAO IR (e.g. FAA IR):


  • Applicants for the CBIR, holding a Part-FCL PPL or CPL and a valid IR(A) issued in accordance with the requirements of Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention by a third country and having completed at least 50 hours of flight time under IFR as PIC on aeroplanes, may be credited in full towards the training course requirements. 


For holders of a single engine IR seeking to gain multi engine privileges:


  • The holder of a single-engine IR(A) who also holds a multi-engine class or type rating wishing to obtain a multi-engine IR(A) for the first time shall complete a course at an ATO comprising at least 5 hours instrument time under instruction in multi-engine aeroplanes, of which 3 hours may be in an FFS or FNPT II, and shall pass a skill test.


For holders of an UK IR (Restricted) formely known as the IMC Rating:


  1. When the applicant has completed instrument flight instruction provided by an IRI(A) or an FI(A) holding the privilege to provide training for the IR; or 

  2. Holds prior flight time under IFR as PIC on aeroplanes, under a rating providing the privileges to fly under IFR and                  in IMC-these hours may be credited towards the 40 hours above up to maximum of 30 hours,


When the applicant has prior instrument flight time under instruction other than specified in point (1.), these hours may be credited towards the required 40 hours up to a maximum of 15 hours.


In any case, the flying training shall include at least 10 hours of instrument flight time under instruction in an aeroplane at an ATO. The total amount of dual instrument instruction shall not be less than 25 hours.


Note: Please note that in all cases, in order to determine the amount of hours to be credited and to establish the training needs, the trainee will be required to complete a pre-entry assessment flight with a company nominated instructor. The HT will then decide on the amount of credit to be awarded.


Flight Training


The CBIR flight-training syllabus contains a total of:


  • 40 hours of flight training for the SE CBIR; or

  • 45 hours (including a minimum of 10 hours in a multi-engine aeroplane) for the ME CBIR; and

  • IR Licence Skill Test (Licence Skill Test)




The CBIR takes approximately 12 days flight training to complete including briefings and test preparation.




Oysterair will simply charge the instructor daily rate for the number of days training required. In addition to instructor fees please account for landing fees, approach and examiner fees.