It is called an IR(R) on an EASA licence and a IMC rating on a UK licence, same thing.  


If you hold a military fixed wing unrestricted green instrument rating (within 24 months) then you are fully credited the rating. It now becomes a paperwork exercise (plus CAA charges) to get it added to your PPL or CPL. 


If you have a Green IRT on a helicopter then this is what the regulation says:


The holder of a valid ICAO IR(H) or military IR(H) who wishes to add a IMC Rating to a pilot licence (aeroplanes) is required to:

  1. a) have not less than 50 hours as a pilot of aeroplanes, including 15 hours as PIC;

  2. b) have received dual instruction in instrument flying in aeroplanes including not less than 5 hours flight time by sole reference to instruments gained in aeroplanes since the grant of a PPL(A);

  3. c) pass the initial IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) SkillTest in aeroplanes.

The IR(R) allows you to fly in IMC, IFR (not class A). Valid for 25 months and you need to complete the CAA paperwork to revalidate the rating for a further 25 months if you still have a fixed wing military unrestricted green rating.

If you have a White or Amber IRT or haven't held a IRT within the last 24 months, then there are still some credits against the IR (R) rating.


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The privileges of the IR(R) allow:


  • you to fly UK registered aeroplanes in UK airspace


  • flight in IMC outside controlled airspace, (in Class G) and IFR flight in Class D or E controlled airspace with appropriate permission


  • flight out of sight of surface with a minimum take off and landing in 1500m visibility


Let-down and Approach Procedures to published Decision Height or Minimum Descent Height and to undertake missed approach procedures. The CAA recommends adding 200ft to the minima plus a not below of 600ft for non-precision and 500ft for precision approaches.