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EASA - EUROPEAN CERTIFICATION - Multi Engine Instrument Rating

 

About Us
Training Centre
Simulator
Aircraft
Experience Requirements
Knowledge Requirements
Courses:

» Single Pilot Multi Engine Instrument Rating
» AS 355 Type Rating
» Qualified Service Pilot Instrument Rating
» ICAO to JAR IR Conversion
» Fixed Wing to Rotary IR Conversion
» Re-validation and Renewal
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About Us

Bristow Academy’s Gloucester Campus is one of the newest Instrument Rating training centres in the UK and is run by a highly qualified team of instructors with over 70 years of experience combined in both military and industry backgrounds.  The school is able to offer a full cadre of instrument training programs including initial EASA IR, ICAO to EASA IR, fixed wing to rotary IR conversion, and especially designed courses for military pilots wishing to convert their instrument ratings to EASA IR(H) qualification.  Special arrangements are available for ELCAS qualifiers.

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Training Centre

Bristow Academy’s Gloucester Campus is located in a new custom-built facility, designed to provide the best environment for reliable, high quality IR courses.

The training school operates 2 Elite FNPT II Simulators housed in the main building alongside the newly constructed classrooms and pilot facilities.

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Simulator

Bristow Academy’s Gloucester Campus operates 2 Elite Evolution S723 FNPT II Simulators.  The simulators are based on the Eurocopter AS350, a single engine version of the AS355 which the company uses as its IR training aircraft. Both simulators will be upgraded to the AS355 as soon as this software version is launched.

The system has been approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authorities under visual and instrument flight conditions. Its capabilities include take-off, hovering, in-flight manoeuvres, radio navigation, instrument approaches and landings on heli-pads, rooftops, oil rigs and ships, therefore making it an excellent platform for an IFR procedures trainer.

The Elite Evolution S723 FNPT II is equipped with appropriate instrumentation and controls and a class specific flight model. External scenery shows visibility, airport lights, wind and cloud layers with continuous time of day settings. Based on satellite images, the area around selected airports is visualised with textures and reflects the land cover of a region.

Within the cockpit, primary flight controls include dual cyclic, collective and pedal set-up with autopilot disconnect buttons. Three TFT monitors are used for pilot, co-pilot and engine instruments.


All simulated instruments operate as in the actual helicopter and instrument response rates are equal to those found in the helicopter.

The simulator provides the instructor with the ability to control the simulation environment for Instrument Rating training (eg visibility or location) as well providing a variety of training tools. Situations such as malfunctions can be selected and ATC communication with the cockpit crew can be included.

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Aircraft

Bristow Academy’s Gloucester campus operates a fleet of IFR AS 355 twin engine helicopters to provide practical flight training for all IR courses and allow availability aircraft for with all courses. A type rating course for the AS 355 can be provided in conjunction with any Instrument Rating course if required.

 

 

The AS 355 is one of Europe's most popular corporate helicopters and provides an excellent basis for future flying in the commercial aviation market. Linking directly with the Elite Evolution S723 Simulator, the AS 355 allows students to move easily from simulator to aircraft and enjoy full continuity throughout the course.

 

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Experience Requirements

To apply for the IR(H) pilots must be able to show that they have 50 hours cross-country flight time as Pilot in Command, in airplanes or helicopters, of which at least 10 hours must be in helicopters.

Pilots wishing to obtain a multi-engine instrument rating must have 70 hours Pilot in command experience to obtain their first multi-engine type rating.

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Knowledge Requirements

Students wishing to obtain a EASA IR(H) must pass theory exams in the following subjects:

Air Law/Operational Procedures
Aircraft General Knowledge
Flight Performance and Planning
Human Performance and Limitations
Meteorology
Navigation
Communications (IFR)

Students who have passed the JAR-FCL ATPL(H) examinations are credited with the above theory requirements. However, the IR(H) course must be completed and applied for within 3-years of passing the last ATPL(H) exam.

At this time Bristow Academy is not able to provide EASA IR(H) theory courses to those pilots who have only EASA CPL(H) theory examination passes.

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Courses

The following courses are currently available:

  • Single Pilot Instrument Rating
  • AS 355 Type Rating
  • QSP IR (Procedural / Non-procedural)
  • FAA to JAR IR conversion
  • Fixed wing to Rotary IR

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Single Pilot Multi Engine Instrument Rating

Course Description

The Single Pilot Multi Engine Instrument Rating course comprises extensive Ground School package complemented by an instrument flying course in an FNPT II AS350/355 FLIGHT Simulator and an IFR AS355.

Course Detail

Ground School lessons are immediately followed by flying the subject matter in the simulator. This technique progressively builds the student's knowledge and skill base, enabling them to achieve the complex procedures required to gain a Single Pilot Instrument Rating.

Subjects studied in the Ground School include:

  • ILS Procedures
  • ADF/NDB theory and procedures
  • Holding Patterns
  • Hold joining procedures
  • UK CAA IFR regulations
  • Wind / Time / Drift calculations
  • UK IFR R/T procedures
  • UK Airspace Classifications
  • ATC Procedures

The flying element consists of a minimum 40 hours tuition in an AS350/355 FNPT II flight simulator and 10 hours instrument flying in an IFR AS355.

Course Duration

The course is undertaken over a 7 week period, including a separate type rating (see separate Course Information) if required, but students must be prepared for additional training and extra time on the course to accommodate weather or other operational delays.

Qualification

JAR Single Pilot Multi Engine Instrument Rating

Additional / Linked courses

AS355 Type Rating:

  • 8 hours plus test for initial Twin Rating
  • 3 hours plus test for additional twin rating

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AS 355 Type Rating

Course Description

The AS355 Type Rating course caters for pilots with and without existing Twin Engine ratings. Both levels comprise technical ground instruction together with an appropriate number of flying hours.

Course Detail

  • Initial Twin Rating Course

In addition to 3 days technical instruction this course includes 8 hours flying plus test.

  • Additional Twin Rating Course

For pilots already qualified on a twin engine helicopter, the course consists of 3 days technical instruction and 3 hours flying plus test.

Course Duration

Initial rating: 7 to 10 days.
Additional rating: 5 days.

Qualification obtainable

Both courses lead to AS355 Twin Rating

Additional / Linked courses

AS355 Type Rating

  • Single Pilot Instrument Multi Engine Rating
  • FAA to JAR IR Conversion (15 hours)
  • Qualified Service Pilot Instrument Rating
  • Fixed Wing to Rotary IR Conversion

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Qualified Service Pilot Instrument Rating

Course Description

The Qualified Service Pilot conversion course is available at two separate levels dependant on the type of military rating held. Special arrangements are available for ELCAS qualifiers.

Course Detail

Military pilots holding or having held a Non-Procedural rating

A military pilot holding a non-procedural instrument rating is required to complete a minimum 15 hour Single Pilot instrument rating course. In addition to the flying elements, the course involves a Ground School package with a detailed section on exercises and procedures not generally flown on a military non-procedural rating. These include:

  • ILS Procedures
  • ADF/NDB theory and procedures
  • Holding Patterns
  • Hold joining procedures
  • UK CAA IFR regulations
  • Wind / Time / Drift calculations

The flying element consists of a minimum of 10 hours instruction in an AS350/355 FNTP II flight simulator plus 5 hours flying in an IFR AS355.

Military pilots holding or having held a Procedural rating

The course for pilots at this level is "Training as required" and is tailored to the individual students’ experience and ability. Typically the course will consist of 2 or 3 flight simulator instructional sessions and 3 to 5 hours flying.

Course Duration

The non-procedural rating course typically requires 2 to 3 weeks depending on a students’ progress. Procedural ratings require 1 to 2 weeks dependant on progress.

Qualification obtainable

JAR Single Pilot Multi Engine Instrument Rating

Additional / Linked courses

AS355 Type Rating

  • 8 hours plus test for initial Twin Rating
  • 3 hours plus test for additional twin rating

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ICAO to JAR IR Conversion

Entry Requirements

Pilots must first have a EASA PPL(H) with night qualification, or EASA CPL(H).

If a pass in JAR-FCL ATPL(H) exams has not already been attained pilots must take IR theory knowledge instruction and pass all JAR-FCL theory exams at IR level.  The amount of theory knowledge required is at the discretion of the Head of Training at an approved training provider.

Course Description

Instruction as required to cover JAR requirements not included in a FAA Instrument Rating. This is a very intensive course. Students must note that 15 hours is the minimum CAA requirement and will often require additional ground time and extra simulator / flight time, depending on a students’ ability, in order to meet the standards demanded by the CAA for this qualification.

Course Detail

Although the FAA IR deals with many of the disciplines required to fly safely on instruments, there are a number of differences and additions that have to be covered theoretically and in the air to achieve a JAR Single Pilot Multi Engine Instrument Rating.

Subjects covered in detail by ground and air work include:

  • ILS Procedures
  • ADF/NDB theory and procedures
  • Holding Patterns
  • Hold joining procedures
  • UK CAA IFR regulations
  • Wind / Time / Drift calculations
  • UK IFR R/T procedures
  • UK Airspace Classifications

The flying element consists of 10 hours instruction in an AS350/355 FNPT II flight simulator plus 5 hours instrument flying in an IFR AS355.

Course Duration

The non-procedural rating course typically requires 2 to 3 weeks depending on a student's progress. Procedural ratings require 1 to 2 weeks dependant on progress.

Qualification obtainable

JAR Single Pilot Multi Engine Instrument Rating

Additional / Linked courses

AS355 Type Rating

  • 8 hours plus test for initial Twin Rating
  • 3 hours plus test for additional twin rating

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Fixed Wing to Rotary IR Conversion

Course Description

The course comprises a minimum of 10 hours instruction in the aircraft. Additional simulator training and a ground school "top-up" package is also available dependant on the students’ experience and ability.

Course Duration

7 to 10 days

Qualification obtainable

JAR Single Pilot Multi Engine Instrument Rating.

Additional / Linked courses

AS355 Type Rating

  • 8 hours plus test for initial Twin Rating
  • 3 hours plus test for additional twin rating

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Re-validation and Renewal


Re-Validation

An IR(H) re-validation will normally be combined with the relevant type rating re-validation requirements by proficiency check.

Single engine and multi engine instrument rating privileges are separate and must be re-validatedseparately.

IR(H) privileges are also type specific.

Renewal
The renewal requirements for a EASA IR(H) are based upon the time that has elapsed since the rating expired. The expiration date is determined by the date of expiry of the most recent IR(H) proficiency check entered on the license. However, if IR privileges have been exercised on another type of aircraft (UK/JAR IR(A), or ICAO license (airplanes or helicopters), or under UK military IR qualification (airplane or helicopter), the renewal requirement will be based on the expiry date of that IR.

Q. Has your IR(H) expired less than 5 years?

A. You must pass an IR(H) proficiency check with an authorized examiner.

Q. Has your IR(H) expired by more than 5 years, but less than 7 years?

A. For single-pilot aircraft you must pass an IR(H) proficiency check with a UK CAA Staff Examiner. For multi-pilot aircraft you must pass a type rating skill test with, or observed by, a UK CAA Flight Operations Training Inspector.

Q. Has your IR(H) expired by more than 7 years?

A. For single-pilot aircraft you must pass an IR(H) skills test with a UK CAA Staff flight Examiner. For multi-pilot aircraft you must pass a type rating skill test with, or observed by, a UK CAA Flight Operations Training Inspector. You will also be required to re-take the IR(H) theory examinations.

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Accommodation Options

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Gloucester Campus Brochure

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Contact Us

For pricing and additional course information please contact Amanda Lawrence at +44 (0) 1452 716860.

 

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