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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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 1261
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 1897
The Socata TBM 850 Experience (Jan 2011)
 Peter Holy gives a thorough run down on the abilities of this aircraft. As a pilot with no previous turbine experience, he describes taking one on a test flight, and compares it to the TB20
28 Dec 2014 Peter Holy 1681
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 1514
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 1258
The Liberty XL2 as an IFR Aircraft (Sep 2010)
New four seat IFR aircraft abound, but most of us seem to have missed the only significant new two seat IFR tourer/trainer since the C152. Owner pilot Bill Roberts describes its merits
28 Dec 2014 Bill Roberts 1428
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 1080
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 1355
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 1411
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 1929


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