About Us

We are a volunteer-led association of European GA pilots with — or aspiring to — instrument qualifications, operating aeroplanes under EASA, FAA and UK-CAA licences. We aim to support each other in all aspects of training for and maintaining instrument qualifications.  We do so by facilitating knowledge exchange and peer learning among our members: via our Forum, through arranging techncial talks and publishing advice and guidance. Membership is open to any pilot who is interested in operating light aircraft under IFR in Europe.

A little history... Our origins lie in the UK; in 1994 a small number of private pilots got together to form a network specifically dedicated to matters of instrument-rated GA flying. This PPL/IR Network swiftly broadened its scope to become PPL/IR Europe. Our members now come from all over Europe, and our activity radius is genuinely European, too: from events held in Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, the UK to tours of the Adriatic or Scandinavia, from exhibiting at European air shows to representing our members' interests at European level.

We hold events in various European countries, some organised centrally, some by individual members.  Our headline event is the annual conference which features a wide range of techncial subjects by internal experts, guest speakers and representatives from avionics manufacturers and software suppliers. We have had talks on safety, regulations, meteorology and human factors. We also arrange meetings of a more social nature at interesting venues across Europe, such as long weekends and city breaks, week-long group trips or joint visits to air shows.

We pursue the interests of our membership in relation to authorities, manufacturers and flying organisations. Over many years of advocacy we have built up a reputation of technical expertise that is recognised by EASA and several national regulators. Via our membership in the European umbrella organisation Europe Air Sports we send delegates to task forces and committees at European level. Being instrumental in achieving the CB-IR and BIR were important milestones for us. We continue to work towards proportionate regulation in crew licensing, air space access, and maintenance requirements, to name but a few.

We are fortunate to have a number of experts on navigation, procedures, human factors, weather and other pertinent topics among our members. They regularly share their knowledge in digital and print media. Check out our video tutorials, webinars and advisories, our PNB manual (4th ed. in preparation) and our quarterly magazine Instrument Pilot. Back copies of Instrument Pilot are available to download from the Magazine page. Members also benefit from the curated Instrument Pilot Search webtool, which presents past articles grouped by subject matter (catalogue view) or by airfield entry (map view).



We are a member of the European umbrella organisation Europe Air Sports. It is through this affiliation that experts from among PPL/IR Europe volunteers are delegated to various task forces and committees at European level.

We collaborate with the Federation of European Women Pilots with the joint aim of making flying more accessible.


We recommend Bristol Ground School a leading supplier of Theoretical Knowledge (TK) distance learning computer-based training packages for the instrument rating.

PPL/IR Europe is a non-profit organisation and the membership subscription is spent entirely in the interest of its membership. All Board and Working Group members are unpaid volunteers. The annual subscription mainly covers journal printing and distribution costs but also pays for our membership of, or affiliation with, other GA organisations and for PPL/IR Europe representation of your interests.

PPL/IR Europe is a company limited by guarantee registered in England under the UK Companies Acts with registered number 4379059. The registered office is 457, Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2PH .

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