IR Revalidation and Renewals

The information on this page is for Instrument Ratings for single-pilot SEP and MEP aircraft

 

Validities and definitions: 

Licence Skills Test (LST) - Initial IR test. Set profile and flown with a CAA appointed examiner. CAA examiner fee is approx £850 for the test. Valid for 12 months from the end of the month in which the test was taken.

Revalidation - IR is still current. 

- Can be revalidated up to 3 months before expiry to extend original expiry by 12 months. 

- No requirement to complete extra training before the test. 

- Each alternate IR may be completed in an approved simulator, which is considerably cheaper than an aircraft. 

- You can choose which approaches you want to fly and at what airfields, but require a RNAV and ILS along with a hold. 

- You can choose your own examiner. 

- Industry standard is £250-300 for the examiner. 

- Test should take approx 1:30.

Renewal - IR has expired. Expiry is more than 1 day beyond expiry date but less than 7 years beyond expiry. 

- A 'Course Completion Certificate' is required to confirm what extra training has been completed before the IR test can proceed. 

- The training is at the discretion of the 'Head of Training' from an ATO. 

- Test must be completed in an aircraft. 

- You can choose which approaches you want to fly and at what airfields, but require a RNAV and ILS along with a hold. 

- You can choose your own examiner. 

- Industry standard is £250-300 for the examiner. 

- Test should take approx 1:30.

IR has expired more than 7 years ago (approx 8 years from test), it becomes void and theory exams need to be retaken.

If you don't have PBN privileges on your licence then you will need to add them during your IR test. The easiest way is to complete a PBN theory CBT package and gain a 'Course Completion Certificate'. BGS charge £45 for this. The examiner can then complete the PBN oral exam along with the PBN (RNAV) approach.

The cheapest option is always to keep your IR current unless you have no plans to use your IR for >3years.

Many of the schools we use offer discounted sims / aircraft for IR Revalidation and Renewals. We also have friendly EASA examiners who will be able to conduct the tests.

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