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Competency Based Instrument Rating (CB IR)

Privileges and conditions

Competency Based Instrument Rating (CB IR) will give pilots holding a PPL(A) or CPL(A) the privileges to fly under IFR, including PBN operations, with a minimum decision height of no less than 200 feet (60 m). Competency Based Instrument Rating (CB IR) will give you the same privileges as Instrument Rating (IR) but with less theory and flight training.

An applicant for a modular CB IR course shall:

  • hold at least a valid PPL(A), and 
  • have completed at least 50 hours cross-country as PIC of which at least 10 hours shall be in the relevant aircraft category.
  • have the privileges to fly aeroplanes at night if the IR privileges will be used at night.

If an instrument rating is added to a PPL, the licence holder shall undertake pure tone audiometry examinations in accordance with the periodicity and the standard required for class 1 medical certificate holders.
Before skill test, the student must have completed a language proficiency test with at least level 4 in English.

Flight Training

At least 40 hours instrument flight time under instruction. Approximately 45 hours block time. When applicable, credit for previous experience may be given.

The flight training can be partially completed with a freelance instrument rating instructor. A minimum of 10 hours of instrument flight time under instruction must be completed at an ATO.

Price from 115 200 SEK 

Theory Training

The CB IR(A) theory training consists of 105 hours (15 hours per week) distance learning/self studies with literature from, followed by 14 hours classroom instruction conducted at the flight schools facilities at Trollhättan, Stockholm Bromma or Malmö Sturup Airport.

The price includes:

  • CB IR/BIR course in English
  • Support during the self-study period including progress monitoring
  • Classroom lessons
  • School tests with review
  • Planning for CAA tests


  • RNAV – Radio navigation
  • INS – Instrumentation
  • HP – Human performance
  • ALW – Air law
  • COM – Communications
  • MET – Meteorology
  • FPM – Flight planning and monitoring

Price 17 500 SEK. To be paid before the course starts. (Exclusive additional training material)

You buy your additional training material here

Aviationexam (Question bank)
Jeppesen General Student Pilot Route Manual GSPRM

Theory Course start week 12 and 34. You can start your flight training and self studies anytime!

This course is available at ESGT Trollhättan, ESSB Bromma and ESMS Malmö Sturup.

Note: All prices incl VAT. Examination and Certificate costs not included.

Theory Course schedule – CB IR/BIR

WeekWeekDay/TimeLessonGround lessonClassroom (h)Distance (h)
1234Sat 13-15 *0Introduction2
1335Self studies RNAV15
1436Self studies INS15
1537Self studies HP15
1638Self studies ALW15
1739Self studies repetition
1739Sat 8-171RNAV – Radio navigation2
2INS – Instrumentation2
3HP – Human performance2
Sun 8-174ALW – Air law2
5Progress check, school tests and review4
1840Mon 17-21CAA test (PEXO)
1840Self studies COM15
1941Self studies MET15
2042Self studies FPM15
2143Self studies repetition
2143Sat 8-176COM – Communications2
7MET – Meteorology2
8FPM – Flight planning and monitoring2
Sun 8-139Progress check, school tests and review4
2244Mon 17-21CAA test (PEXO)

* Depending on training site. See under next event.

Videos/photos from training

IFR EN-ROUTE ESGT-ESOK Pilot: Anders Heland
FM HOLDING FL080 Pilot: Per Djäknegren