Differences between IR / CBIR / BIR ratings


Differences between IR / CBIR / BIR ratings

Instrument qualification, also known as Instrument Rating IR (A), allows a pilot to conduct flights under meteorological conditions where visibility is so reduced that it is necessary to use instruments for aircraft control during any phase of the flight.

Currently, EASA standards distinguish 3 basic types of training courses for obtaining instrument flying qualifications for single-pilot airplanes (SE).

These courses differ not only in length and method of training but also in the scope of qualifications the pilot acquires. We have prepared for you a comparison table of the differences between the various instrument flying courses, which will allow you to navigate the options more easily and choose the course that is most suitable for you.

Comparison table for types of Instrument Flight training

NameInstrument rating
Competency based instrument rating
Basic instrument rating
Requirements50 hours PIC on aircraftATPL, CPL or IR theory50 hours PIC on aircraftATPL, CPL or IR theoryATPL, CPL, IR, Basic IR theory
DurationMinimum 50 hoursMinimum 40 hoursMinimum 0 hours, recommended 35 hours
Credits from previous experience10 hours from CPL10 hours from CPL
Up to 30 hours from IFR PIC experience Up to 30 hours from IR training with an instructor outside the ATO
Up to 100% hours
LimitationsCAT ICAT IFor departure visibility 1500 m and cloud ceiling 600 ft
For arrival visibility 1500 m and cloud ceiling 600 ft or DH/MDH + 200 ftDH/MDH increased by 200 ft
UseCommercial pilotCommercial pilotPrivate pilot
SummaryThe traditional instrument rating as we know itThe new equivalent of the traditional instrument rating. Shorter flight training and more crediting options. No limitations against conventional IR.Simplified instrument rating replacing the EIR. Aimed at private pilots who intend to fly under instrument condition. Simplified theory and shortened flight training.