An instrument rating allows you to fly in to cloud and by sole reference to instruments. Our Instrument training will prepare you for every eventuality.

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What Do I Need Before Starting?


have passed 14 ATPL Theoretical Knowledge examinations or 7 IR examinations.

How Much?


The FNPT II operated by National Flight Centre Pilot Academy at Weston Airport is a synthetic training device approved by the Irish Aviation Authority for PPL˼PL Multi-Engine Instrument flight training.

Under EASA regulations minimum flight training for the issue of a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating is 55 hours instruction of which 30 hours may be completed in the FNPT II. Priced at €170 per hour this makes the Multi-Engine Instrument rating offered by National Flight Centre exceptionally good value.

Multi-Engine Instrument Riding


Before commencing the Multi-Engine Instrument rating, you can complete our Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) class rating course. You can then combine both flight tests into one and be issued with;

  • An EASA Multi-Engine Piston Class rating
  • An EASA Instrument Rating (Multi-Engine)

For information on our Single-Engine Instrument rating course contact us at

National Flight Centre Pilot Academy provides an approved Modular distance learning EASA IR Theoretical Knowledge Course. This course is suitable for those who do not wish to study to ATPL or CPL level or who simply would like to add an Instrument Rating to their PPL. The course is a distance-learning self-study programme comprising seven subjects with a minimum study requirement of 200 hours ( 15 hours per week over 15 weeks approx ) The seven subjects are:

  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • IFR Communication

The Modular IR Theoretical Knowledge Course includes:

  • Oxford Aviation EASA-CPL˺TPL study manuals.
  • Interactive CD-ROM Pack.
  • Jeppesen Student pilot Route Manual.
  • Online ICARUS Computer Learning Management System providing step by step learning structure and objectives for each subject.
  • A.T.O. Exam Preparation under guidance of tutor prior to sitting of IR exams.

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Why Choose Us


The National Flight Centre offers approved courses starting with introductory flights and ranging from Private Pilot Licence (PPL) all the way through to Commercial Airline Pilot courses.

I completed the modular ATPL course with National Flight Centre in April. While the course is hard work the team at NFC made sure that I had all the assistance I needed to get through it. The modular course suited me, as I needed to work my flight training around my own job and NFC were very accommodating in creating a schedule that was manageable. I really enjoyed the atmosphere out in Weston during my training, all the instructors and staff are very helpful and always on hand to assist with any questions I had. Thanks to them I am starting my B737 type rating with Ryanair in December. I would definitely recommend the National Flight Centre to anyone who is interested in pursuing a flying career!
Michael EnnisNFC Graduate, Modular ATPL
I completed all of my Flight Training at the National Flight Centre – I found the friendliness and professionalism of the staff to be refreshing, and indeed the flexibility of my personalized training programme allowed me to complete all my training while continuing in full-time employment.
Enda RyanNFC Graduate, Sim Instructor, B737-800 Ryanair
When you train at are prepared for the next step in to the career of a Commercial Pilot. The focus is on quality and attention to detail. Students (Customers) always come first. After completing all my training with NFC, within weeks I got offered a job and have since completed my Type Rating training on the B737-800 and look forward to my line training!
Mark DwyerNFC Graduate, B737, Ryanair
I completed my PPL, Night Rating, CPL and Multi-Engine Piston Instrument rating with NFC and I can testify to the quality instruction and customer service received by students. I landed my Airline job within weeks of qualifying and have never looked back…
Oisin Green NFC Graduate, B737, Air Contractors
The NFC offers high quality training in a professional manner while still maintaining the friendly and fun atmosphere of a flying club! I completed my Commercial Pilots license and Flight Instructors rating with NFC and subesequently accepted employment with Aer Arann. Now I work as a Captain and Type Rating Instructor with Cityjet and I regularly train NFC Graduates and find the impeccable standards are being maintained…
Julie GarlandNFC Graduate, Captain/TRI, BAE-146, Cityjet
I always found the staff and Instructors at NFC to be of the highest calibre…
Imelda ComerNFC Graduate, Sim Instructor, Ryanair
As a Captain with Cityjet and a former graduate, I can testify to the high standards of the National Flight Centre
John DowdsNFC Graduate, Captain, BAE-146, Cityjet
Training provided at NFC is unparalleled by any Flight School in the country…
John DeveneyNFC Graduate, Captain, BAE-146, Cityjet
On completion of training with NFC – I flew for Ryanair and became a Captain, I applied for a position flying 747’s at Cathay Pacific and the rest is history!
NFC GradAlan Quigley NFC Graduate, B747, Cathay Pacific
I completed my training with NFC and started out banner towing, I worked with Luxair then moved to AerLingus as a Training Captain on the A330 – I’m currently working for a corporate client in the UAE
Colin RyanNFC Graduate, Airbus Series A330/21/20/19/18, Training Captain, AerLingus
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