Instrument Rating IR(A)


You must hold a PPL(A) or CPL(A) licence according to JARFCL or ICAO regulations. Apart from that you must hold a valid licence-relevant Class I or II medical certificate without contraindications to IFR flights. You are also required to have passed an internal or external theoretical IR(A) or ATPL(A) course. If more than 12 months have passed since the completion of the course you must pass a theoretical training test (KWT) in the IR(A) scope). You can do it at Goldwings. A VFR rating is also required and minimum 50 h of flight time as pilot-in-command.

Training structure

The training consists Ground School and Practical Training, which is carried out after the completion of the theoretical part.


Practical course is conducted based on the programme who is aimed to teach how to control planes according to instruments, then how to navigate the controlled airspace according Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). The training tasks focus on improving techniques or reading and interpreting instrument indications as well as using avionics to navigate according to ground navigation stations and GPS system. The practical course comprises 50 hours of training flights, including 35 or 40 on a simulator and another 15 hours on a single or multi-engine airplane equipped with IFR instruments. To enter the training you must possess a Private Pilot Licence or Commercial Pilot Licence as well as Class II or I medical certificate. Another precondition for the practical course is the completion of the IR training course. Since the ATPL(A) theoretical course contains IR(A) aspects, this practical course can be entered if you have completed the ATPL(A) theoretical course.

Theoretical course for the Instrument Rating according the European standards and regulations of JAR-FCL covers subjects of aviation law, air traffic control procedures, IFR flight planning and monitoring, meteorology, navigation, operational procedures, communications, human performance and limitations and many others which must be mastered to perform IFR flights. The IR(A) theoretical course at Goldwing Flight Academy is conducted in the Polish language. The programme comprises 200 hours of on-site lectures delivered during combined sessions. The training lasts 6 weeks and covers 8 subjects according to the JAR-FCL requirements. A necessary condition for starting the course is possessing a PPL(A) licence. In order to enter the IR(A) practical course you must complete the theoretical course and hold a completion certificate issued by a Certificated Flight Training Organization. To have the rating entered in your licence you must pass the practical and theoretical exam before the Aviation Examination Board of the Civil Aviation Authority.

  • We train on the best multi-engine airplane Piper Seneca PA-34 or DA-42
    The most important advantage in the IRME(A) training on a PA-34 is the opportunity to make use of the high performance of this aircraft and familiarize yourself with icing in flight. This plane has wing, propeller and windscreen de-icing systems. Other planes used for training are not capable of flying in clouds at low temperatures (especially Tecnam 2006 which has carburettor engines). The ability to fly in real IFR conditions may generate a bonus of landing aa job as a single crew GA pilot. Additional asset of the PA-34 training is the high number of such planes in Poland (approx. 20). Several FTOs in Poland offer such aircraft, which makes it easier to renew the rating in the future.
  • We have an FNPT II DA-42 Glass cockpit simulator
    Our simulator is the only training device in Poland based on the real Piper Seneca III PA-34 cockpit. Every pilot student after completing 40 hours on FNTP II will be able to quickly get their bearings in the flight deck, which will increase the effectiveness of the training.
    Every instrument and indicator is identical to PA-34. Apart from that the simulator imitates forces on the controls, which also makes the training easier and more realistic.
    The only FNTP II Piper Seneca flight simulator in Poland, based on the real flight deck. By training on this simulator you will easily find yourself in the cockpit during the practical course and will be able to focus entirely on piloting the plane. We possess the simulator and the plane with identical interiors as the only ones in Poland. Only experienced airline pilots deliver simulator training!
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