Surrey and Kent Flying Club - London Biggin Hill

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The IMC Rating

Flying above the clouds
The IMC course is a natural step forward for those who have qualified for their Private Pilot Licence. It permits pilots to fly safely in poor weather conditions, although the real purpose is to ensure that a flight may safely continue should the pilot inadvertantly encounter bad weather conditions en-route.

Before applying for your IMC rating you must have flown a minimum of 25 hours after you have obtained your PPL, of which 10 hours must be as pilot in control, to include 5 hours solo navigation and 15 hours dual instruction of which 10 hours are by sole reference to instruments during the course.

The course requires a minimum of 15 hours with an instructor followed by a flight test, lasting approximately an hour and a quarter.
Artificial horizon

The course commences with training in general handling of the aircraft with sole reference to the instruments by use of screens covering the windows or special goggles. The student will be taught to recover from unusual attitudes to straight and level flight using the full panel of instruments, before progressing to recovery with limited panel. Tracking to and from VOR and NDB facilities, develops the skills needed to carry out procedural approaches, which will include holding, together with NDB and ILS approaches allowing you to fly down to 500 feet above the airfield to clear cloud, with a minimum of 1800 metres in-flight visibility.

Surrey & Kent IMC Rating Package
16 Hours Dual Instrument Training, including Briefings
10 Full Stop Landings
Written Exam
Flight Test Fee
IMC Manual