EIR(A) - En-route Instrument Rating
The En-route Instrument Rating is a great complement to a PPL(A) license; it can greatly simplify the planning and execution of your flights. You depart your starting point in VFR; when convenient, you switch to IFR and continue on instruments to your destination. While the ability to fly in poor weather is valuable, the main benefit of EIR(A) is the increased piloting comfort on published routes, which have controlled safe altitudes and mostly also traffic separation intervals. Once near your destination, you switch back to VFR for approach and landing. This obviates the need for complicated monitoring of approach vectors, as well as the difficulty of approach on instruments. If your destination is a small local airfield, it is unlikely to be equipped for approach on instruments, anyway.
- PPL(A) license or higher
- Medical Class II Certificate or higher
- Enrolled for EIR(A) Theory course
- Adequate English language skills - preferably ICAO English certificate
Flight training consists of a minimum of 15 hours in an IFR-approved plane. MEP VFR holders may take their flight lessons in a twin-engine plane; in this case, the flight training syllabus runs one hour longer.