BIR(A) Theoretical training course – Basic Instrument Rating theory course

In accordance with EASA standards: PART-FCL

The BIR(A) Theory Course for Basic Instrument Rating Qualification is intended for all pilots who wish to fly privately under reduced visibility conditions, known as Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). This qualification, as compared to the Instrument Rating (IR) qualification for professional pilots (IR(A)), offers simplified theory and abbreviated flight training. The only difference from the IR(A) qualification is the higher limits of meteorological conditions under which a pilot with this qualification is authorized to fly. The BIR(A) qualification can only be obtained by a pilot who has completed the BIR(A) Theory Course at an authorized aviation school and successfully passed the BIR(A) theory exams at the Civil Aviation Authority in any EU member state. To enroll in the course, one must hold at least a Private Pilot License PPL(A).

Subjects of the course

Module 1: 022 Instrumentation, 040 Human Performance and Limitations, 050 Meteorology
Module 2: 010 Aviation Law, 033 Flight Planning, 050 Meteorology, 062 Radio Navigation
Module 3: 010 Aviation Law, 022 Instrumentation, 033 Flight Planning, 050 Meteorology, 090 Communication



Graduates of the BIR(A) Theory Course will receive a certificate of successful completion of the course, with which they can apply for the theory examination for the Basic Instrument Rating BIR(A) at the Civil Aviation Authority in any EU member state. The BIR(A) Theory examination, along with BIR(A) flight training and a flight examination with a flight examiner, is a necessary requirement for obtaining the BIR(A) qualification. The validity of the certificate of successful completion of the BIR(A) Theory Course is 1 year from the date of issue. Before that, the applicant for the BIR(A) qualification should complete flight training and successfully pass the flight examination with a flight examiner.



We offer the The BIR(A) Theory Course for Basic Instrument Rating Qualification in the form of distance learning. The instruction is conducted through guided self-study using Computer-Based Training (CBT) and live consultations with an instructor in a virtual classroom.


  • The BIR Theory Course is designed as a “competency-based” course, meaning that the overall duration and scope of the course can be shortened for applicants with prior knowledge of IR (Instrument Rating) procedures based on the results of the IR knowledge test. The applicant’s level of knowledge is assessed through an entry test conducted before the start of the course.
  • In total, we recommend 95 hours* of study. Of which:
  • Consultation with an instructor 14 hours* online live in a virtual classroom.
  • Self-study using CBT (computer-based training) through eLearning provided by our school constitutes 85% of the entire course. For self-study, our flight school offers students a unique and comprehensive online theory learning system called CBT.
  • The recommended duration of the course is 2 months (8 weeks). The maximum duration of the course is 18 months.

*Recommended number of hours. Applicants with prior knowledge of IR procedures may have the number of hours in the BIR Theory Course shortened by the aviation school (ATO) based on the results of the IR knowledge test.


  • A minimum of 14 hours of the course is allocated to consultations.
  • Consultations are provided in virtual classrooms and are led live by instructors. Lessons in virtual classrooms are organized as video conferences. To join the consultations, all you need is a laptop or tablet with a camera, microphone and internet connection.
  • Instruction in the virtual classroom is carried out in the form of consultations with the instructor, the dates are set by the school within the timeframe determined by the course outline according to the study plan, usually in the 6th-8th week of the study block. Consultations are scheduled on weekends and in the evenings on weekdays.


Upon enrollment in the course, students receive a recommended study plan. The theory course itself is divided into 8-week block with fixed start and end dates throughout the year. Each study subject is planned for 7 weeks of active study, with the 8th week designated for review and final testing. For each week of study, students have access to a list of literature for study, additional study materials, videos, workbooks, and tests through eLearning.


Study materials and textbooks are included in the eLearning platform and are included in the course fee.


Upon successful completion of all course modules and a final test, students receive a certificate of completion. Students can then start the Civil Aviation Authority examinations in any EU Member State. Students take the Civil Aviation Authority examination for each module separately.


We are committed to client satisfaction with our products, so we provide an option for this product within 21 days of the start of the course, to withdraw from the purchase with a money back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with the product or find that the course you have purchased is not suitable for you. As a condition of the use of money-back guarantee, the student must complete the prescribed exercises and tests given in the course according to the schedule prior to withdrawal.


Distance theory courses with online teaching and video conferences

Study materials included in the course price

Theory courses start 6 times a year

Possibility to customize your studies individually

Flight school near Prague

High success rate of our students in exams

Thanks to the Airbus A320 FNPT II MCC APS Simulator, our school has secured a leading position not only in the Czech Republic but also in Central Europe. The Airbus A320 FNPT II MCC simulator meets EASA requirements for Airline Pilot Standard (APS) pilot training.

The BSA aircraft fleet consists of CESSNA aircraft equipped with modern avionics used in commercial aircraft. All aircraft are carefully and regularly serviced.

Blue Sky Aviation is a certified company in the international network of CESSNA PILOT CENTER flight schools operated by the aircraft manufacturer Cessna, an American company Textron Aviation.

Pilot training from zero to professional commercial aircraft pilot according to European EASA standards. The obtained licenses and qualifications are valid in all countries of the European Union.

Don’t have enough personal funds for training? We will help you secure financing for your pilot training.

We go above and beyond to accommodate your needs and requirements, both in training and when renting aircraft. Our flight and theoretical courses are conducted in the form of individual lessons, exclusively between an instructor and a student.

Learning materials for the theory course and sample questions for exam preparation are available to you 24/7 online and offline on our unique e-Learning portal. The theory teaching materials are FREE OF CHARGE.

You can reserve the aircraft for your flights yourself in our online reservation system.

We offer our own accommodation for students of our flight school directly at our airport Kladno or next to the airport Vaclav Havel in Prague – 20 min from us.

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