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.

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Radio failure and more on minima (Mar 2011)
Nick Gribble looks at the procedures to follow in the event of nav or com failure in IMC, take-off/landing minima, and the differences between the minima for commercial vs private operators
28 Dec 2014 Nick Gribble 1265
Diverting Thoughts (Mar 2011)
Adele Stephenson reminds us that diversion planning is much more than just thinking about the weather
28 Dec 2014 Adele Stephenson 1277
Instrument Flying in Norway (Jan 2011)
Norwegian member, Torkel Hasle introduces the pleasures and challenges of flying in this beautiful country
28 Dec 2014 Torkel Hasle 1296
Airport Bureaucracy (Jan 2011)
Jim Thorpe humorously recounts his worst experiences of airport bureaucracy and offers some tips on dealing with them.
28 Dec 2014 Jim Thorpe 1934
Single Pilot Commercial Operations (Nov 2010)
Douglas describes the pleasures and pains of single pilot commercial operations as he encountered them on an eventful run to Barcelona
28 Dec 2014 Douglas Baillie 1565
Training for Ditching (Nov 2010)
Martin describes his experience of a simulated ditching course and advises on how to plane for the real thing.
28 Dec 2014 Martin Welling 1300
Weather, additional operational limitations, and their implications for flight planning (Sep 2010)
Nick Gribble, an IR examiner, explains the complex legal aspects of weather knowledge.
28 Dec 2014 Nick Gribble 1118
Cherchez la Femme - why people give up flying (July 2010)
Jeff offers an interesting new perspective on the GA pilot drop-out rate
28 Dec 2014 Jeffrey Pearce 1412
Composite Oxygen Cylinder (July 2010)
This is the story of an epic project to install an EASA approved composite cylinder in a fixed oxygen installation for a G-Reg aircraft, illustrating the labyrinthine technical and legal aspects of modifications to certified aircraft.
28 Dec 2014 Paul Turner 1440
Use of Infra Red Satellite Imagery in Determining Cloud Tops (July 2010)
Peter Holy explains how to predict cloud tops so as to remain out of weather and icing
28 Dec 2014 Peter Holy 1966

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