IR(A) – Instrument Rating (Aeroplane)

In accordance with EASA standards: PART-FCL

Instrument Rating (Airplane) – IR(A) is intended for both professional pilots as a necessary qualification and private pilots who seek maximum flexibility in their flights, aiming to fly safely and legally even in adverse weather conditions.
Training to obtain the Instrument Rating – IR(A) can be undertaken by holders of a Private Pilot License PPL(A) or Commercial Pilot License CPL(A).



Instrument Rating (Airplane) IR(A) is an essential qualification requirement in the training of an airline transport pilot. It allows the pilot to conduct flights under meteorological conditions where visibility is reduced to the extent that instrument use is necessary for controlling the aircraft in any phase of flight. The IR(A) qualification can also be utilized by private pilots who wish to fly under meteorological conditions without visual reference to the ground.

A comparison of the CB-IR(A) qualification and the IR(A) qualification can be found in the comparative table here.


Flight Training:

Total flight training hours: 50 hours*

  • 20 hours in an airplane
  • 30 hours in an FNPT II simulator

*Minimum hours; holders of CPL(A) may have the training reduced by 10 hours from the total hours; credit for previous pilot experience – see above Requirements

Theory Training:

Before starting the IR(A) training course, students must complete the IR(A) Theory Course or the ATPL(A) Theory Course. More about the IR(A) Theory Course at our school can be found here. For those interested in working as an airline pilot, we recommend completing the required theoretical training within the Airline Transport Pilot License ATPL(A) Theory Course.

The IR(A)/ATPL(A) Theory Course must be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and it can be completed at any flight school offering this course. Applicants for the IR(A) flight skill test must successfully pass the IR(A) or ATPL(A) theory exams at the CAA in any EASA member state.


The price you will have to pay to learn to fly and obtain a pilot’s license varies from person to person and depends on many factors. The price should not be the main factor in deciding where to get your pilot’s license. When it comes to flight training, cheap is rarely good.

Basic factors affecting the cost of training:

  • Your goals in aviation
  • Type of aircraft for training with regard to goals
  • How much time can I devote to training


Your goals in flying have a significant impact on how your overall flight training will be conducted. If you want to fly only recreationally, training in an aircraft with lighter avionics will be significantly cheaper than compared to a businessman or future professional pilot.

The price of pilot training for individual pilot licenses is set in connection with the number of flight hours in the curriculum, the time of ground preparations, and theoretical instruction in the classroom. Further, it is necessary to count additional expenses for landing and other airport fees and fees for exams at authorities and payments for obtaining necessary permits for training.

In our flight school, you receive the following for your training FREE of charge:


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.