Using the Rating

Our primary objective is to enable the exchange of information between Instrument Rating holders in Europe, so helping them make the most effective and safe use of the rating.

The articles below contribute to this by covering many aspects of using the IR including flight planning, equipment, weather issues and other safety issues. The forums are available to comment upon, or discuss issues arising from, the articles.

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Flying in Winter (Feb 2013)
Flying in winter can be more challenging and also more rewarding than at other times of the year, Anthony Bowles considers the typical winter weather in the British Isles.
28 Dec 2014 Anthony Bowles 1330
GPS OBS CDFA Tools (Jan 2013)
A spreadsheet to calculate Check Altitudes for OBS GPS CDFA approaches
28 Dec 2014 Web Editor 1858
A bluffer’s guide to the airways (Nov 2012)
This article, mainly aimed at new and aspiring IR holders, discusses what I learnt in my first airways flights and the pitfalls I discovered on the way, and it passes on a few things I wish someone had told me!
30 Dec 2014 Josh Hawken 1774
Pilot Controlled Runway Lights (Nov 2012)
In many parts of the world, pilots control (switch on) the runway lights by sending a signal via the aircraft VHF radio to a radio activated relay switch on the ground.
28 Dec 2014 Graham Whittle 2213
EuroFPL - the online flight plan filing service (Updated Sep 2012)
Peter Holy looks at how much easier FPL planning is today
28 Dec 2014 Peter Holy 6496
Traffic and Deconfliction Services in the UK (Sep 2012)
(Almost) everything you wanted to know about Traffic and Deconfliction Services but were afraid to ask. A pilot’s guide to UK low level radar services
28 Dec 2014 David Bruford Ed Timothy Nathan 2795
Garmin GTN Series (Sep 2012)
Anthony Bowles gives his initial thoughts on the Garmin GPS/COM/NAV units
28 Dec 2014 Web Editor 2146
Man versus machine (Sep 2012)
Geoff Prout on the perils of over reliance on our avionics
28 Dec 2014 Web Editor 1557
How to help your wife enjoy flying and keep flying yourself (July 2012)
Judith Niechcial offers some practical tips from her experience as a flying non-pilot partner
28 Dec 2014 Judith Niechcial 1718
IFR Outside Controlled Airspace in the UK (May 2012)
For the benefit of our continental members, Timothy Nathan explains the UK system
28 Dec 2014 Timothy NathanL 2131


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