Revalidation of the qualification for IFR flights - EASA instrument rating

Procedure of the revalidation of the EASA instrument rating IR(A) is defined by the Regulation (EC) 1178/2011, Part FCL, Subpart G, Section 1, paragraph FCL.625(c). Part FCL does not allow the revalidation of the EASA instrument rating in the previous experience basis. Revalidation of the EASA instrument rating - IR (A) can be done by the  EASA license proficiency check (LPC) flight only.

The revalidation of instrument rating - IR(A) can be done within the period of three months (90 days) preceeding the expiry date of the EASA instrument rating. The EASA instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC) flight with the instrument rating examiner - IRE(A) or the class rating examiner - CRE(A) has to be done in accordance with the Regulation 1178/2011, Part FCL, Appendix 9 on the variant of the aeroplane, which represents the class or type of the aeroplane to which is the EASA instrument rating attached to. The aeroplane used for EASA instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC) flight has to be certified by EASA (holds the EASA TCDS (Type Certificate Data Sheet)).

Validity period of the EASA instrument rating

If the candidate successfully pass all of the EASA instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC) items, the instrument rating and associated class rating or type rating will be revalidated together for the next 12 months (1 year). The validity period starts by the day of the EASA instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC) and ends up by the last day of the month in which the EASA instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC) has been done plus 12 months.

IR(A) VALIDITY EXAMPLE

If the EASA instrument rating with associated class rating or type rating is valid untill 31. january 2015 and the EASA instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC) has been successfully passed at 01. November 2014, the instrument rating with associated class rating or type rating will be revalidated together by the instrument rating examiner - IRE(A) until 31. January 2016.

EASA instrument rating privileges for class or type rating

EASA instrument rating and its privileges are associated to the specific class rating or type rating of the aeroplanes. In the past, there was a stand-alone  instrument rating - IR(A) endorsed in the pilot´s licence. The pan-european legislation now says that there is necessary to associate the instrument rating endorsment to the specific type rating and class rating. Every type rating and class rating on which the pilot is willing to perform his duties as pilot in command (PIC) during the IFR flights must be associated and endorsed with the specific instrument rating - IR(A).

For example, the holder of a type rating for the Cessna C525 Citation with C525/IR endorsed took an EASA instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC) together with the licence license proficiency check (LPC) in order to revalidate the Cessna C525 Citation typerating. In this case, the instrument rating is associated with the Cessna C525 Citation typerating and the holder will be authorized to perform his duties as pilot in command (PIC) on Cessna C525 Citation aeroplanes only.

In case if the candidate has also endorsed - MEP(land)/IR the class rating for multi-engine piston aeroplane with the instrument rating in his licence, it is necessary to pass separate EASA license proficiency check (LPC) for the MEP(land) and pass the EASA instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC) on the aeroplane within class MEP(land) in order to be able to exercise his privileges of the instrument rating on aeroplanes within class MEP(land).

In case you have successfully passed the EASA instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC) on the multi-engine piston aeroplanes - MEP(land)/IR, this instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC) is also valid and cross-credited. The holder is allow to fly also the single-engine piston aeroplanes SEP(Land)/IR according to the IFR procedures.

In this case if the SEP(land) and instrument rating is endorsed in the pilot´s license, the stand-alone IR(A)/SE(SPA) with the validity period of 1 year (12 months) and class rating for single-engine piston aeroplanes - SEP(land) for 2 years (24 months) are endorsed end revalidated separately due to different validity period.

SINGLE OR MULTI-ENGINE AEROPLANE?

Based on the class of the aeroplane and the variant of the aeroplane on which the flight training has been provided to the candidate, the privileges of the candidate will be limited to perform the IFR flights for single engine aeroplanes - SE(SPA) or multi engine aeroplanes - ME(SPA) according to the instrument flying rules - IFR.

If the candidate has successfully passed the EASA instrument rating license proficiency check (LPC), the candidate´s licence will be endorsed by the revalidated instrument rating qualification, for example:

  • multi-engine piston aeroplanes - MEP (Land)/IR
  • single-engine piston aeroplanes - SEP (Land)/IR
  • type rating on the Cessna C252 Citation series C525/IR