The privileges of PPL(A) with an IR (R) IMC rating are:
- To fly out of sight of the surface
- In a control zone on a special VFR clearance with flight visibility less than 10km but not less than 3km
- When in IMC outside controlled airspace
- During take off or landing with a flight visibility below cloud of not less than 1800m.
An applicant for a grant of an IMC rating must have 25 hours experience as an aeroplane pilot since the date of application of his/her PPL(A). The 25 hours must include 10 hours as pilot-in-command (PIC), of which at least 5 hours must be on cross-country flights, and may include the 15 hours’ dual instrument instruction.
When the requirements have been met, the applicant must have passed a flight test and 1 written ground exam before an IMC rating can be issued.