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En-Route Instrument Rating




The aim of the En-Route Instrument Rating (EIR) 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 in the en-route phase of flight, and pass the EIR Skill Test with an Instrument Rating Examiner (IRE).


Pre-entry requirements


  • Be at least 17 years of age

  • Passed the EIR 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 20 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC in aeroplanes and demonstrate fluency in the English language to a minimum of ICAO level four


Note: Oysterair does not offer theoretical knowledge training for the EIR as this is best left to ATOs who specialise in dedicated theoretical knowledge training. Oysterair recommends CATS Aviation for the completion of the theoretical knowledge-feel free to mention us if you choose to complete your EIR theory course with them.


Credits for previous experience


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


  • Applicants for the EIR, 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 25 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 EIR seeking to gain multi engine privileges:


  • A trainee who is the holder of a single-engine EIR who also holds a multi-engine class or type rating wishing to obtain a multi-engine EIR, shall complete an abbreviated course comprising at least 2 hours instrument flight time under instruction in the en route phase of flight in multi-engine aeroplanes and shall pass the EIR Skill Test.


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


  • When a trainee for the EIR has completed instrument flight time under instruction with an IRI(A) or an FI(A) holding the privilege to provide training for the IR or EIR, these hours may be credited towards the flight training hours up to a maximum of 5 hours for a SE EIR and 6 hours for a ME EIR respectively. The 4 hours of instrument flight instruction in multi-engine aeroplanes required shall not be subject to this credit.


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 EIR flight-training syllabus contains a total of:


  • 15 hours of flight training for the SE EIR; or

  • 16 hours (including a minimum of 4 hours in a multi-engine aeroplane) for the ME EIR; and

  • EIR Licence Skill Test (Licence Skill Test)




The EIR takes approximately 5 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 and approach fees.