IMC Rating - Credits for UK military pilots

 

This is a UK only rating, previously called a IR(R) on UK issued EASA licences.

The CAA military credits for the IMC rating are located in various places in CAP804, which is a reference only document. I have taken the details and edited out the sections which don't apply to military pilots.

Credits:

  • An applicant who has held an ICAO IR(A) or military green aeroplane Instrument Rating or a UK professional pilots licence aeroplanes within the 10 years before the date of application for the IMC Rating is not required to undergo a course of flight or ground training but must pass the Theoretical Knowledge examination and initial IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) Skill Test.

  • An applicant who has held a military amber or white aeroplane Instrument Rating is required to complete discretion IMC training to cover the IMC syllabus, and to pass the initial IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) Skill Test and Theoretical Knowledge Examination.

  • An applicant who has held an ICAO IR(A) or military green aeroplane Instrument Rating or a UK professional pilot licence aeroplanes within the 5 years before the date of application for the IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) will be credited with a pass in the Theoretical Knowledge Examination.

  • An applicant who holds an ICAO IR(A) or military green Instrument Rating (Aeroplanes) and has passed a single-pilot IR test in the 24 months preceding the date of application for the IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) will be credited with a pass in the initial IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) Skill Test and the written examination. The applicant must apply for the issue of the IMC rating within 24 months of the last IR test passed, The IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) will be valid for 25 months after the last day of the month in which the last IR test was successfully passed

  • An applicant with a valid pass in all subjects for the Part-FCL ATPL(A), ATPL(H), CPL(A), CPL(H), IR(A) or IR(H) theoretical knowledge examinations will be credited the IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) Theoretical Knowledge Examination. A pass in these examinations will be accepted for the grant of the IMC Rating / IR (Restricted) for a period of 36 months from the end of the month in which a pass in all the required subjects was gained. The acceptance period of the pass for the grant of the Part-FCL professional licence or ins

 

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 IMC rating 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.

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The privileges of the IMC 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.