- 50 hours dual training (prices start at around £150 /hr)
- Ground briefings
- Skills Test (currently £785)
- CAA IR issue (currently £121)
- Limited Panel Assessment with an IRE
50 hours is the minimum SEIR training requirement laid down by the Competent Authority. Upon completing the course you'll obtain a Course Completion Certificate. A full-time course takes between 8-12 weeks dependent on weather conditions.
► Multi Engine Instrument Rating (IR) Course Structure
The minimum duration of the course is “instrument time under instruction” as specified in Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 804 Section 4 Part L Page 33.
Like the SEIR, It is likely that your course will incur an additional expense for approximately 3 hours for taxi time during the aircraft phase of training.
Before you can take the ME IR(A) Skills test you’ll need:
- Minimum 45 hours total IFR experience
- Minimum 25 hours dual IFR experience (with an instructor)
- Maximum 10 hours IFR in an approved FNPT I
- Maximum 25 hours IFR in an approved FNPT II
- Minimum 15 hours dual IFR experience in Multi-engine piston aircraft
- Minimum 10 hours MEP IFR dual training at an ATO approved to provide the CBMIR(A)
- Pass the EASA ATPL(A) theoretical knowledge examinations
- Limited Panel Assessment with an IRE in FNPT2 Simulator (£100 fee + solo sim hire)
The hour requirements shown above are minimum experience and training requirements as laid down by the Competent Authority. Packages are usually based on these requirements.
► Other Information
The course duration is approximately 10 weeks (full-time). This can vary, though.
The basic cost for a SEIR is around £10,000+, and typically £11,000+ for the MEIR. Other expenses should also be accounted for, such as:
- Landing fees
- School Membership fees
- Solo aircraft hire for the test (currently £215/hr)
- You should allow around £500 for approach and away landing fees.
- IR(A) Test fee (currently £775)
- Booking fees
- If you have passed only the CBMIR(A) theoretical knowledge examinations you will be granted an IR(A) on your licence with a restriction. You will not be certified to exercise your IR(A) privileges on single-pilot high-performance aircraft.
- If you have passed the IR(A) or ATPL(A) theoretical knowledge examinations you will be granted an IR(A) on your licence with no restrictions and will, therefore, hold a full single-pilot multi/single-engine instrument rating
Flight schools will often provide an Instrument Rating (IR) Re-validation & Renewals option. Ask them for what options are available.
If at a later date you want to upgrade your SEIR to a MEIR your flight school can assist you with this process.