Using the Rating

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The difference in the next steps for newly qualified commercial and private IR holders is stark.

Commercial airline pilots serve an apprenticeship as First Officer for many years, sitting beside an experienced Captain and learning many of the practical aspects of their trade before taking command. By contrast, private pilots use their ratings immediately in single pilot operations involving many aspects not covered in the formal theory or practical IR training syllabus.

PPL/IR seeks to fill the gap, providing guidance and support throughout the private IR pilots "career" - from filing their first airways flight plan, selecting new aircraft or equipment to researching new destinations. The members Forum holds an enormous wealth of knowledge that can be easily searched.

The sections below provide a range of general knowledge relevant to all members.


Watch Previous Webinars Hosted by PPL/IR Europe

Private IFR in Practice

Operational Working Group Advisories