Multi Engine Instrument Rating (ME-IR)

The hardest rating you will ever do - but the most rewarding! Enjoy cloud surfing and flying approaches in low cloud with the IR.

About the Rating

45 Hours

Aircraft & Simulator


Cost (15 hour course - PA34)

6 Weeks

Full-Time Course


Cost (45 hour course - FNPT II and PA34)

The Course

The Competency Based Instrument Rating (CBIR) course contains a minimum of:

  • A pre-entry simulator assessment, only if claiming a credit

  • 45 hours dual training

  • Skills test

What is a CBIR?

Don't worry - for all practical purposes, it is the same as an IR. They are both listed the same on your licence, and one is not "better" than another. The CBIR simply allows you to save money by reducing your course time.

What Credits Are Available?

See the "Course Credits" section below.


The IR allows the holder to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) with a minimum decision height of 200ft. 



The IR must be paid for as a package. The package includes everything listed in "The Course" above, including all landing and approach fees.

The only additional cost is the examiner fee, which is paid directly to the UK CAA. This costs (at the time of writing) £850.


There are a number of pre-requisites to start the IR course:

  • PPL

  • Class 1 medial or Class 2 medical with audiogram

  • Have completed the relevant class rating training course (e.g. an MEP course, but not necessarily the skills test)

  • 50 hours cross country flight as PIC

  • Have completed the ATPL theoretical examinations listed:

    • Air law​

    • Instrumentation

    • Human Performance

    • Meteorology

    • Radio Navigation

    • Communications

Airplane Above the Clouds

Course Credits

Crediting of hours for an IR becomes confusing quite quickly, so we've got a list of questions below for you to answer:

1) Do you have more than 50 hours IFR time logged as Pilot In Command?

Great - stop here. You can claim all 50 hours credit!

2) Do you have any instrument flight instruction from an FI qualified to teach the IR?


3) Do you have any IFR time logged as Pilot In Command?

If you answered yes to either question 2 and/or question 3, you can credit the time you have up to a maximum of 35 hours combined between the two questions. 

Questions 1 to 3 will tell you how many hours you take off the minimum 45. There are however some final requirements to check:

4) Do you have more than 10 hours instrument flight instruction in a multi-engine aeroplane at an ATO in your logbook?


5) Combining your training course and previous experience, will you have more than 25 hours dual instrument flight instruction in your logbook?


6) Combining your training course and previous experience, will you have more than 15 hours dual instrument flight instruction in a multi-engine aeroplane in your logbook?

We know this can still be confusing, so here are some common scenarios:

  • IR(R) holder > You can credit any IFR PIC time you have + your 15 hours IR(R) training, up to a maximum of 35 hours. This would theoretically give you 10 hours to fly, however you must comply with question 4 above. Therefore your course would be 15 hours.

  • CPL holder > You can credit any instrument flight instruction up to a maximum of 35 hours. The CPL contains 10 hours, so therefore you can credit 10 hours to your IR course, leaving you a 35 hour course. Please note that Ravenair policy only allows a maximum credit of 07:15.

  • ICAO IR holder > If you already hold an IR in another country and have 50 hours IFR PIC, you have a 0 hour training course. Lucky you!