• Our Socata
    Our Socata TB20 configured especially for instrument rating flight tests
  • glos
    We are based at arguably the best GA Airfield in the UK

Currently closed for training
due to Coronavirus Restrictions

With Gloucestershire in Tier 4 from 31 December 2020, Rate One has suspended operations until restrictions are eased. We remain open for enquiries by email.

Given the likely difficulties in recreational flying during 2021, why not consider some IFR training instead? We are developing tailored training packages which we hope will be of interest. More details in due course.

Please contact us by email in the usual way to discuss your training requirements.

Rate One Aviation – Europe’s leading PPL Instrument Training Specialist

C13B1415 We are a small, highly specialist organisation providing advanced pilot training, mostly instrument flying training, for private pilots. We have no involvement in basic PPL training or commercial training.

Gaining a full EASA Instrument Rating has become easier with the new Competency Based route. Unlike the previous standard 50 hour courses, the duration, format and content will vary according to each pilot’s skill and ability. We customise and adapt training to suit each individual, maximising the value of time spent. We operate seven days a week and can accommodate scheduling across several separate intensive blocks to fit in with your own availability. We are professionally equipped with IFR aircraft with up to date GNSS avionics and a modern classroom.

Our instructors have been hand-picked for their wide experience of instrument instruction with private aviators. We have examiners on-staff who are authorised to conduct IR revalidations and renewals.

For pilots seeking to embark towards an Instrument Rating for private use, there is no better organisation to address your needs. For those seeking more detailed introductory information, we recommend our comprehensive 250 page book “European Instrument Qualification Handbook”. The scope includes explanations of all the different ratings available, what’s involved in qualifying and what you can do after passing.

Download a copy free of charge by registering for access to our Members Area.EIFQ-front-cover

The next step would be to sign up for the theory knowledge course with one of the approved providers. After passing the exams, you will be ready to commence flight training.

At any stage, you can spend a day with us to understand what will be expected from you.

We are happy to advise on the choices open to you by telephone. Contact us by email and we’ll call you back when mutually convenient.