The Basic Instrument Rating, shortened as BIR(A), is a simplified instrument rating that allows the holder to fly to DH/MDH minimums of +200 ft, with an airport ground visibility of 1500m or more and when cloud bases are at least 600ft.


The rating is suitable for Private pilots who intend to fly in such meteorological conditions, that the use of instruments is necessary to fly safely and to avoid a "VFR into IMC" incident. This rating cannot be used later for a commercial pilot licence.


Training is based on pilot competence, with simplified theory and reduced flight training, with no minimum flight limit. The database of the final theoretical examination at the CAA is only about 2000 questions. The estimated training range is 25-30 IFR hours / 40 approaches, however, the scope of the Training can be adjusted according to skills and competencies of the student.


The advantage of the Cirrus SR2X aircraft is high cruise speed and therefore the ability to experience flight to: international airports with heavy traffic using the so-called "High Speed" approach, more difficult airports in mountainous terrain with a steeper angle of descent or departure gradient, during the training.

Instrument Flight Rules (IFR): BIR rating

The removal of meteorological limitations is possible with CBIR(A) training under the following conditions (as per paragraph 9, Aa, Annex 6 of Part-FCL):

  • Completed at least 10 hours in BIR(A) training under ATO
  • Minimum 50 hours IFR as PIC after obtaining the BIR(A) rating
  • Completion of the CBIR(A) theoretical knowledge assessment in ATO
  • Completion of additional training to extend IFR privileges in accordance with Part.FCL605.IR(a)
  • An oral examination in Aeronautical Law, Flight Planning, Meteorology and a skill test with a flight examiner

CAA entry requirements prior the BIR(A) course:

  • PPL(A) or CPL(A)

ATO Cirrus Aircraft requirements before practical training:

  • Completion of Basic Transition Training according to Cirrus syllabus for the specific SR2X version.
  • Purchased Cirrus Approach Portal course - Advanced Transition Training for the Cirrus version (or Advanced Add-On depending on pilot experience)
  • Icing Awareness course

Requirements when applying for BIR(A) rating:

At least Medical Class II certificate issued according to PART MED including pure tone audiometry (e.g. David Melechovsky, AME) or higher.

Completed training syllabus according to PART FCL. 25h (IFR flight time) is recommended, part of which may be flown on the FNPT II simulator. Training is based on the applicant's skills and competencies, progress to the next task and recommendation for the final skill test is upon completion of the criteria in the given task/training.

The BIR(A) theoretical knowledge examination in English at the CAA from 3 modules:

  • Module 1: Pre-flight operations and general handling
  • Module 2: Departure Procedures, Precision (3D) Approach and Non-Precision (2D) Approach Procedures
  • Module 3: IFR en route procedures

Prior to the issuance of a certificate of completion of theoretical training (to register for the theoretical examination at the CAA), the candidate must pass the progress tests in each subject in the Aviation Exam (to be allocated free of charge for 1 year by the ATO - CIRRUS AIRCRAFT as part of the course fee), which also serves as a part of preparation for theoretical knowledge examination.

ICAO EN min Level 4 in our CTC

VFR NIGHT if the BIR qualification should be applied also at night (not BIR day only)

Skill test with Cirrus standardized examiner authorized by CAA (Aleš Veselý, Martin Miček)

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