IMC Rating Training

Thursday 10th April 2014


Tipsy Nipper, Fife Airport

We're pleased to announce a great opportunity for developing your piloting skills.

The IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) Rating enjoys an unparalleled reputation for pilot safety since its introduction some 44 years ago. It entails a 15-hour flying course, teaching low-time pilots to keep control of aircraft and to land safely in IMC. In the 44 years since its inception, around 25,000 British pilots have obtained the rating and in that period the Civil Aviation Authority has found only one fatal accident involving an IMCR holder in IMC conditions.

In recent years, the IMC Rating has been under threat from EASA’s relentless pursuit of “European Standardisation” but thanks to campaigning from bodies such as the UK CAA and AOPA, the IMC Rating has been saved and will continue to provide the means for pilots who encounter poor weather conditions to get themselves and their passengers safely back on the ground.

The rating is an extremely useful half-way house to getting an Instrument Rating, and indeed is added to your EASA PPL as an IR(R) – Instrument Rating (Restricted) and we have recently negotiated the possibility of training for the IMC Rating at Fife Airport, using the Tayside Warrior aircraft.

IMC Information Evening

There will be a meeting on Thursday 10th April at 7.00pm in the Tipsy Nipper to discuss the IMC Rating training being offered at Fife Airport.

Captain Chris Wilson (ex-BMI, retired) will be offering both ground school and flying training towards the IMC Rating. Chris flies his own single-engine Cessna 177 Cardinal from Kirknewton – but was more used to flying things like A330s and B737s in his days with BMI.

There is no obligation to sign up to doing the IMC Rating but the meeting will be a chance to ask questions, find out more about what is involved in getting the rating and what you can do with it once you have it. The ground school in itself may be of use and interest to PPLs as it gives a far better understanding of radio navigation and how you can use the instruments in an aircraft to keep yourself out of trouble in the air.....  There will be the opportunity to arrange to do IMC “taster” trips with Chris in advance of deciding whether to take the plunge and do the course.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the IMC Rating, please make every effort to attend, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check the Discussion Forum on the website for more information.

Look forward to seeing you next Thursday!

 Tayside Aviation




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