Basic Instrument Rating (BIR)

Mike Dyos • 1 May 2018
in community General Aviation

Are there any updates on the proposed BIR. I note the CAA recommended the DTO's be able to deliver the training.

I believe this proposal would be a significant step forward in flight safety and making the rating more obtainable.

Comments (4)

Dominique Roland

We plan to publish the opinion before the end of the year. Then, you have to account for the legislative process, that might take between 12 and 18 months.
By that time, we should have collected some feedback from the DTO implementation. If everything is running well, I would like to extend the scope of the DTO to BIR.

John Milner

The history of the IMCR in the UK taught by RTO's (soon to be renamed DTO) has been a huge success with an immensely positive impact on safety. It would be a real triumph for the BIR to follow that example across the whole of EASAland.

The UK-only IMCR, or IR(R) as it is now known, is proven over forty years as an absolute life-saver with no downside. It is readily achievable for a reasonable amount of time and money while being completely fit for purpose. With an IR(R), when the cloud or visibility comes down to less safe levels, we do not "scud run", we climb above the MSA. Thus CFIT and the loss of control following unplanned flight into IMC, two of the prime killers, are much reduced as risks.
As a side benefit, the rating improves the utility of light GA. I can make safely a flight using my IR(R) that I would never dare to attempt with a plain PPL.
Please EASA, expedite the BIR (which is very much like the IR(R)) as much as possible.

Florian Rhyn

Thanks for this thread. I absolutely share this thought. The instrument rating made me a better pilot. Anyone should have access to this rating. Having it only in ATOs would be an obstacle (as it is today with the E-IR, CB-IR). The FAA demonstrates that the success of pilot training is mostly in the hands of the individual instructor, be it in a flight school environment, in a club or just 1:1 training. Hopefully this suggestion comes to fruition. In the end, we need many many more IR pilots in Europe. One part is highly improved safety, the other part is making flying attractive again - and the IR helps reducing the workload on flights through complicated European airspace, making the GA airplane a means of transportation again.

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