New: You can use a CB-IR for the same purposes as a regular IR. However, you need only eight-hours of self-study, and eight hours of instruction to earn it. No IR or ATPL theory stress for PPL students! There is also another new Instrument Rating, the En-Route IR (EIR).
The pilot who has earned a CR-IR has exactly the same privileges as a traditional IR holder, given the fact that he or she is admitted to all airspace classifications and is allowed to make instrument approaches up to 200 feet decision height. However, there are limitations if you would like to fly HPAs (High Performance Aircraft). You will need an additional HPA-Certificate. It is currently not clear yet whether the holder is allowed to fly commercially in IMC. The candidate is judged based on his or her level of competence rather than having to follow a strict syllabus with regular training hours. However, the EASA did introduce a required amount of training hours – 35 for a single-engine plane and 45 hours for a multi-engine aircraft. If the candidate has logged a sufficient amount of Instrument Flight hours, up to ten hours of training can be cut. Hours counted for and based on the privileges of the EIR count towards this reduction. The reduction is subject to a flight test through an authorized ATO practice.
The required theory training and exams are exactly the same as the ones for the En-Route IR. (EIR). A candidate who has already passed exams for their ATPL training, traditional IR, or EIR, may be exempted from some of the required theory.
The learning material for the theory training is divided into two modules. Each module contains several relevant theory courses.
The material is organized as follows (with the minimum amount of self-study hours):
Air Law (9hrs.)
IFR Communications (3hrs.)
Human Performance (9hrs.)
Radio Navigation (15hrs.)
Flight Planning (9hrs.)
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