Instrument Rating (IR) and ME-IR


Regarded by many pilots as the most interesting pilot training course, the instrument rating course trains private and commercial pilots alike to the level of proficiency required to operate in cloud or low visibility conditions.

Training flights are initially flown using the Cessna 172. This is extremely beneficial for students who would have progressed through Professional Aviation Training Academy – Malta’s suite of courses, since a significant number of hours of the training courses are flown on this aircraft. Students would therefore be very familiar with the handling of this aircraft, facilitating their transition into instrument flying. From the 55 hours of flight training under instruments (45 hours for CPL holders), a minimum of 15 hours need to be flown on the P2006T twin engine aircraft. These training sessions allow the students to adapt to flying instrument procedures at the higher speed of the P2006T, whilst introducing instrument procedures under asymmetric conditions.

The Professional Aviation Training Academy – Malta Instrument Rating is specifically designed to provide students with the highest exposure to a variety of instrument conditions. Students can fly a number of routes and approaches at nearby airports such as Lampedusa, Pantelleria, Catania, Reggio Calabria and Palermo. Students also gain proficiency flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions using both the Electronic Flight Instrument System equipped P2006T and the analogue instruments on the C172. Finally, by using the P2006T, students are introduced to the operation of modern equipment such as the on-board autopilot capable of flying the aircraft during the climb, cruise and approach, as well as the stormscope which is a valuable tool for the avoidance of significant weather.

The following entry requirements apply to the Professional Aviation Training Academy – Malta IR Course

To save money (around Euro 2,400) students can do part of this training on the FNPTII. Therefore, students have more options: have the course done on the FNPT II and the P2006T, have the course done on the C172, FNPT II, and the P2006T, or start on the C172 and then finish with the P2006T.

The Academy can assist pilots who do not yet satisfy the course entry requirements. The IR course can typically be completed in 8-12 weeks on a full-time basis.


The holder of a current and valid EASA single-engine IR(A) who also holds a multi-engine class or type rating wishing to obtain a multi- engine IR(A) for the first time shall complete a course at an ATO comprising at least 5 hours instruction in instrument flying in multi-engine aeroplanes, of which 3 hours may be in an FFS or FNPT II. Following this, they would need to do the ME-IR skill test.

The course requires: