Instrument Rating (Restricted)

Here at Cotswold Flying School we have several highly experienced Instructors who can teach and examine at all levels of Instrument Training. Our Chief Pilot, Chris Puddy used to fly Twin Otters and other aircraft single crew and without an autopilot, in all types of weather conditions, so has good experience in teaching IR (R). He is very happy to pass these skills on to anyone who is willing to learn.

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Instrument flying is an art, and takes practice, but often when people learn the IR (R), they do a minimal amount of Instrument flying, and then almost immediately start doing procedures. This makes it difficult for the student to fly the aircraft properly and be aware of his or her situation.

Chris prefers to spend the first 5 hours of the 15 hour course just learning to fly instruments so you can do anything without thinking, and mess around in the cockpit changing frequency, looking at charts and still fly accurately.

The next task is to learn VOR and ADF tracking. When a radial can be intercepted and flown accurately, and an awareness of the relative position to the VOR can be learnt, then it is time to learn ADF tracking.

Once a student can fly competently on instruments, track radio aids and perform any action in the cockpit, then, and only then it is time to start to learn to fly procedures. By now you are not having to concentrate so deeply on your instrument flying, and you can give more attention to your procedural approaches and learn how to read the charts and fly them accurately.

We conduct the IR (R) training in our fully equipped Cessna 172SP. Should you have any questions or enquiries for IMC training with us, please contact us here.

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