• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Cost: £23,200
    • Location: Cranfield
    • Type: UKCAA or EASA
    • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Graduation qualifications
    Graduation qualifications
    • Instrument Rating (IR)
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Pilot Training Courses

Instrument Rating Training

Due to extremely high demand for our Integrated programmes, applications for our modular training courses are temporarily closed. If you would like to start your training right away, apply for our Integrated ATPL and become a fully qualified pilot in 70 weeks!

Our Integrated ATPL

If you’ve completed your Commercial Pilot Licence, then you’re only one step away from completing your flight journey before you start the APS MCC! Our Instrument Rating course in the UK (IR) is the last step on your journey towards being a professional pilot.

The Instrument Rating training is a nine week simulator and aircraft-based course which you will complete at our Cranfield Training Centre in our Garmin G1000 DA42 aircraft with world-class multi-engine Flight Instructors.

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Instrument Rating Training

Instrument Rating Training Footprint

  • 9 weeks Total
  • 35 hours Simulator
  • 12 hours flight

Instrument Rating Training

Instrument Rating Course Cost


What is included in the Instrument Rating course price?

  • Licence issue
  • All aspects required to earn your IR
  • Flight Test and Licence Application Fees

 Additional costs to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Class 1 Medical
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Personal living costs
  • Insurances

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Instrument Rating Training

Instrument Rating Entry Criteria

To enrol on our Instrument Rating course in the UK you will need to meet the following entry criteria:


Age and height

  • 17+ to submit an application. 18+ to commence Instrument Rating training
  • Height between 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm) and 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm). Applicants outside of this may still apply for the IR course but will need an ergonomic assessment


  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)
  • Non-native English speakers must achieve level 5.5 individual and overall in IELTS or equivalent ICAO level 4 prior to start of your IR training


  • Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the UK (e.g. UK national, EU national with settled or pre-settled status)
  • If required: Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service requirements to qualify for a Visitor (study for six months or less) or Student visa (study for more than six months)



  • Competency interview at point of entry
  • Log book review

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Instrument Rating Training

Why Complete Your Instrument Rating Training With L3Harris?

Training for your Instrument Rating at our Cranfield Training Centre comes complete with a number of benefits.

Based at Cranfield University, world-renowned for its aeronautical research and development, our Training Centre holds a prime location on the airport's Apron 2 and provides cadets access to facilities such as the airport's digital air traffic control tower. 

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Instrument Rating FAQs

Do you offer financial advice?

At L3Harris Airline Academy, we are unable to offer financial advice, which is why we are working with the teams from Morrinson Wealth and Parallel Wealth Management to bring you expert financial advice to help you explore the options available to you.

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What are your funding options for Instrument Rating training

All of our training programmes are self-funded.

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Can I choose where I do my Instrument Rating training?

Your Instrument Rating training takes place at our Cranfield Training Centre.

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