CBIR and BIR

LFTA is approved to provide training for the “Competency Based Instrument Rating” (CBIR) and for the “Basic Instrument Rating” (BIR). The amended European Aircrew Regulation (EC Regulation 1178/2011) has introduced this alternative routes to obtaining an instrument rating, more accessible to private pilots.

Competency Based Instrument Rating

The privileges are the same as the for the instrument rating, however only connected to PPL(A) and CPL(A) privileges. For the ATPL, the “classic” IR has to be obtained. To be valid in high performance aeroplanes (HPA), a specific HPA course must be taken. A night flight qualification (NIT) is only a prerequisite for IFR by night.

  • Training for the competency-based IR will be completed with an authorized LFTA flight instructor. At least 10 hours of instruction must be completed at the LFTA ATO, while the other 15 hours could be credited from non-EASA IR time. The remaining 15 hours can be credited using logged IFR time in lieu of further instruction. Both this and the prior course credit must be in place before the 10 hours at the ATO and the skill test.
  • A maximum of 25 hours of dual instruction can be completed in our FNPTII Simulator.
  • The theoretical knowledge course contains 80 hrs and is based on distance learning with classroom brush-up courses. Subjects include human performance and limitations, instrument flying, radio navigation, instruments, air law, meteorology, communications, flight planning and monitoring.
  • The practical Skill Test is completed with a designated IR Examiner.

Basic Instrument Rating

The BIR replaces the former Enroute Instrument Rating. The privileges of an BIR are to operate under instrument flight rules in IMC airways and in any class of airspace. Compared to an IR, training is more adapted to PPL and CPL holders, however minima are raised for departures and arrivals. Only single pilot operations are allowed.

  • The theoretical knowledge course, which is identical to the CBIR course and creditable towards CBIR and IR, contains 80 hrs and is based on distance learning with classroom brush-up courses. Subjects include human performance and limitations, instrument flying, radio navigation, instruments, air law, meteorology, communications, flight planning and monitoring.
  • The BIR training course is a minimum of 15 hours dual instrument instruction, 10 hours of which must be a done at the LFTA ATO and 5 hours which may be conducted independently by an Instrument Rating Instructor.
  • The practical skill test is completed with a designated IR Examiner.
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