BIR Approved Course


The Basic Instrument Rating (BIR) course is designed for PPL(A) holders. It is applicable to Fixed Wing EASA licences only. Please visit our instrument ratings information page if you are unsure if this rating is suitable for you.

This is an EASA and UK CAA Approved course. When you enrol you will be signed up with both our EASA and UK CAA approved Aviation Training Organisations, which will allow you to sit either or both EASA and UK CAA exams.

What is included in the price:

  • ATPdigital CBT software – available on Mac, iPad or Windows computers. You can find the software requirements here 
  • 12 months free subscription to the Bristol Question Bank – BGSonline *please note your subscriptions start from the date of course enrolment*
  • Support from our World-Class Instructors
  • Technical software support throughout your studies

What isn’t included that you will also need to budget for:

  • BIR exam fees (each exam authority sets their own price). There are 3 exams in total, covering the 7 subjects. The exams can be sat with an EASA state of your choice
  • Food and accommodation during exams
  • A Jeppesen Airway Manual – GSPRM
  • A CRP-5 navigation computer
  • A commercial navigation protractor
  • A precision drawing set
  • An exam approved calculator

You may have some or all of these items already. If you do not, you may order these items individually or purchase a study kit that contains everything you need (see either below in ‘you may also need’). Please note that you will need these items during your course.

You may also want a subscription to the BGS Webinar Library (recorded webinars)

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You may also need…

  • CAP697 Aeroplane Flight Planning Exam manual


    Produced by the UK CAA, these manuals contain all the Flight Planning charts and data used to accompany the exam questions.

  • GSPRM Jeppesen Student Route Manual


    Produced specifically for the CAA/EASA examination, this route manual contains all the maps and charts needed for the course and exams. Note, a recent change in policy by the UK CAA means that highlighted or marked copies will not be allowed in examinations.