EASA Instrument rating - IR (A) license skill test (LST)

An EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST) for initial obtain of the instrument rating - IR(A) is carried out after successfull completion of the approved flight training provided by the EASA flight school - approved training organization - ATO. An EASA flight school - ATO has to reccommend the applicant for the instrument rating - IR(A) license skill test (LST)

Theoretical knowledge examination at the Aviation authority has to be successfully passed before the EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST). The usual way how to declare the theoretical knowledge examination is passed is to use the ATPL(A) theory credit endorsed in the pilot´s licence.

The EASA instrument rating IR(A) license skill test (LST) shall follow the paragraph FCL.620 of the Part-FCL, Regulation (EC) 1178/2011.

An candidate for the EASA instrument rating IR(A) shall demonstrate to the flight examiner IRE (A) ability to perform the procedures and maneuvers appropriate for flight according to the IFR - instrument flying rules for specific airplane type, (eg Cessna C525 Citation), or class of airplane (for example SEP(Land), or MEP(Land)).

Single or multi-engine aeroplane?

The EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST) is subject to Appendix 7 to Part-FCL Regulation (EC) 1178/2011.

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 skill test (LST), the candidate´s licence will be endorsed by the instrument rating qualification, which belongs to the airplane type, respectively class of the aeroplane on which the EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST) was carried out - 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

Privileges of the EASA instrument rating - IR (A)

EASA instrument rating - IR(A) is valid for 12 months since the end of the month in which the EASA license skill test (LST) has been successfully passed. EASA instrument rating - IR(A) can be re-validated by the proficiency check with EASA instrument rating examiner - IRE(A) within the 90 days prior its expiration date.

EASA instrument rating - IR(A) allows the holder to use the competence definced by the Part-FCL, paragraph FCL.605.IR, of the Regulation (EC) 1178/2011.

The instrument rating - IR(A) allows pilot for:

  • act as pilot in command (PIC) in the aircraft during the fligts conducted according to the instrument flying rules - IFR
  • act as an pilot in command (PIC) during instrument flying rules and perform the instrument approaches ILS to the lowest decision height of 200 feet (60 meters)
  • possibility to extend the privileges of the EASA instrument rating IR(A) for the decision height less than 200 feet (60m) if the candidate has undertake a special flight training provided by the EASA approved flight school - approved training organization ATO
  • holders of an EASA instrument rating - IR(A) perform their duties and holder´s privileges in accordance with the Appendix 8 to Part-FCL.

EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST)

The candidate for the EASA instrument rating - IR(A) license skill test (LST) shall have completed EASA flight training on the same class or type of the aeroplane like the one that will be used for EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST).

The candidate must successfully complete all of the sections from the EASA instrument rating the skill - IR (A). If the candidate fail any of the item of an license skill test (LST) section of the license skill test (LST), it is to be considered as failure of the entire section. Failure in more than one section of the EASA instrument rating skill tes will require the candidate to repeat the entire EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST).

If the candidate fails only one section of the EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST), he will be required to repeat only the failed section. Failure to comply with any section of the repeated EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST), including sections that have been successfully passed on a previous attempt, will require the applicant to repeat the entire EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST) - IR(A) again. All of the sections of the EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST) must be completed within the 6 months. If the candidate fails to comply with all of the sections of the instrument rating license skill test (LST) in two attempts will require further flight training, which will be prescribed by the flight school - approved training organization (ATO) accordingly.

Additional flight training may be required following by the failed EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST). The number of the instrument rating license skill test (LST), which the candidate may attend, is not limited.

EASA Instrument rating itself

The purpose of the EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST) - IR(A) for obtain an instrument rating - IR(A) endorsment in the candidate´s licence is to simulate actual IFR flight. The route to be flown is chosen by the flight examiner. An essential element is the ability of the candidate to prepare the IFR flight as itself using normal pre-flight analysis (briefing). The candidate shall be able to fill the IFR flight plan. He is aslo responsible for flight planning and ensures that all equippemnt and all documents, certificates and materials required for the flight are on board the aircraft during the examination flight.

The heights and altitudes, the minimum descent height (MDH) and minimum descent altitudes (MDA), missed approach procedures are up to the candidate decision upon approved by the instrument rating examiner IRE(A) who is actually the pilot in command during the instrument rating license skill test (LST).

The entire lenght of the examination -  EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST) takes approximately 3 up to 4 hours total. The test flight (EASA instrument rating license skill test (LST)) itself (flight with the EASA flight examiner) takes approximately 1 hour up to 1 hour 30 minutes of the flight time. The rest of the time is used for the preparation of the check flight (route planning, briefing, debriefing and any oral theoretical knowledge examination).

Even if the examination to obtain an instrument - IR (A), you can be sure that your licence is entrusted to the hands of people who understand their work and aviation legislation. Very glad to welcome you to a personal meeting and shed light on issues related to the license skill test (LST) for the instrument rating IR (A)