New: The EIR allows you to fly IRF during the en-route part of the flight, but it does require the pilot to be able to execute takeoffs and landings using VFR. All of this without the burden of conventional Instrument Rating theory.
Regulations state that weather conditions have to adhere to VMC one hour before and one hour after the planned time of arrival. The privileges:
- IFR flights permitted in Class A, B, or C airspace in the En-Route Phase
- Special VFR flights permitted in conditions worse than VMC for Take-Off
- Special VFR only permitted in VCM for Landing
To be able to take advantage of these privileges during night time, the pilot has to have a Night Rating.
EIR candidates have to have a PPL with a minimum of twenty hours of cross-country flight. Approved theory training through an ATO is also mandatory. The theory part consists of seven subjects, most of which contain less material than pilots need for an ATPL or a traditional IR training. It takes eighty study hours, eight of which are exam preparation lessons.
The flight training consists of 15 hours of instruction with a single-engine plane, or 16 hours with a minimum of four hours plus skill test done with a multi-engine airplane.
Since the EIR allows for broader possibilities of operation on a medium level, it is a rather attractive option. Another advantage is the fact that the EIR can bring you a step further towards earning the Competency Based IR (CBIR).
Air Law (9hrs.)
IFR Communications (3hrs.)
Human Performance (9hrs.)
Radio Navigation (15hrs.)
Flight Planning (9hrs.)
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