EASA IR modular (A) / (H) Theory course

In order to be able to carry out flights up to a decision height of 60 m (200 ft) without visibility to the outside, you need the instrument flight authorization.


We only recommend this course if the instrument flight rating is to be used on the helicopter. For aircraft, we recommend access via the competency-based (CB-IR) training. This is cheaper, less extensive and considerably more flexible. In connection with an ATPL theory test or an HPA training, a CB-IR training can also be used for a high performance aircraft (e.g. A320). Only “bridge training” from aircraft to helicopter is not possible if you have acquired the IR based on competence.

Cranfield Aviation Training School

Before the Courses


You can find the checklist here with all of the necessary documents for registering.

Course of Training

As part of the training, 7 subjects must be passed at EASA IR level. A self-study period of 2 months (15 hours per week) is envisaged for each module. For self-study, students are able to use our web-based training (WBT) system or the study guides. Each module ends with on-site lessons lasting several days in our training center in Dortmund. After students have successfully completed the Progress Tests, participated in the on-site lessons and successfully passed the School Exam, then student can go for examination at the competent authority. Examinations can be divided into a maximum of 6 sittings. Each subject can be attempted a maximum of 4 times.

The pass rate for this course has been 100% in recent months. Find more information in our brochure.DOWNLOAD [PDF 6 MB].

On-site Lessons and dates

The dates for the on-site lessons can be found in the menu under EASA Training Programmes/Dates.

Our Course Modules

Aviation Law & ATC Procedures

Stage 1

• Air Law
• Radio Navigation
• Instruments
• Communications
• Flight Planning

Principles of flight

Stage 2

• Meteorology
• Human Performance

After the Course

Practical Training

Our company is comprehensively approved as an EASA Training Institution by the German CAA (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt) and the Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht (ZFU). Students can complete the practical training at any EASA certified flight school.