What is required to obtain an Instrument Rating?
- Please see http://caa.mylexisnexis.co.za/# (Regulations –> Civil Aviation Regulations 2011 –> Part 61 Licensing –> Instrument Rating for full requirements of IR;
- An applicant for an IR must have completed at least 50 hours cross-country flight time as PIC of an aeroplane, of which at least 10 hours must have been in the category of aircraft for which the IR is sought;
- The applicant must have received a minimum of 40 hours instrument flight training of which a maximum of either 20 hours or 30 hours may be in an FSTD approved for the purpose – note that 10 hours of instrument time from night rating is credited toward the 40 hours, thus 30 hours extra instrument flight training required
- A minimum of 5 hours instrument flight training must be undertaken in the aircraft category for which the IR is sought;
- have passed the IR theoretical knowledge examination;
- in the case of an IR (MEL), at least five hours of instrument flight training shall be conducted in a multi-engine aeroplane and shall be additional to the training requirement for the multi-engine class or type rating. Three of the five hours may be in an FSTD approved for the purpose;
- An applicant for an IR must have passed a skills test with a DFE (Designated Flight Examiner) as prescribed in Document SA-CATS 61.
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