Command Instrument Rating

Command Instrument RatingThe CIR is considered to be the ultimate in professional qualifications that can be obtained by any pilot either Private or Commercial. It is the same qualification that is held by all Airline Pilots.

The CIR allows pilots to fly in full Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) at all phases of the flight, both during the day and at night in any operation permitted by the grade of pilot’s licence held. If the weather conditions at the departure aerodrome or the destination are below the criteria for visual flight, the pilot is able to conduct either an instrument departure or an instrument approach by following a prescribed procedure.

The training for the CIR is challenging yet rewarding. You can expect to fly a minimum of 40 hours across both the synthetic trainer and aircraft. Your training syllabus will encompass basic instrument flying, radio navigation aid tracking, instrument approaches and landing procedures, and emergency procedures.

Your training will include a significant amount of simulator training where you will be able to practice all the normal and non-normal procedures, which you could expect to encounter in the aircraft.

The CIR can be completed in either a single- engine aircraft or a multi-engine aircraft. For Commercial Pilots it is normal to complete the rating on a multi-engine aircraft, as most commercial operators use multi engine aeroplanes for IFR operations.

Candidates for the CIR must complete the Instrument Rating theory examination (IREX).
At the conclusion of your training you will need to undertake a flight test with an Approved Testing Officer to demonstrate your proficiency in operating under the IFR and in IMC.
Your CIR must be renewed annually. This entails a short flight test with an Approved Testing Officer