Pilot licence revalidation and renewal

In order to apply for a first officer position for an airline, you are required to hold a commercial pilots licence with a current multi-engine instrument rating (IR). If you don’t find a job within a year of completing your initial instrument rating, you will need to revalidate it in order to maintain your licence currency and be eligible to apply for a flight deck job.​

We would recommend maintaining a current IR at all times. The offer of a job can come round quickly and unexpectedly and as you are required to have a current IR in order to commence a type rating, a job offer is unlikely to be made without it.

In order to apply for a first officer position for an airline, you are required to hold a commercial pilots licence with a current multi-engine instrument rating (IR). If you don’t find a job within a year of completing your initial instrument rating, you will need to revalidate it in order to maintain your licence currency and be eligible to apply for a flight deck job.

We would recommend maintaining a current IR at all times. The offer of a job can come round quickly and unexpectedly and as you are required to have a current IR in order to commence a type rating, a job offer is unlikely to be made without it.
You are not required to hold a multi-engine class rating to commence a type rating.

Revalidation

A multi-engine instrument rating (IR) is valid for 12 months after it’s issue or revalidation. An IR shall be revalidated within the three months immediately preceding the expiry date of the rating. The IR revalidation can be completed at the same time as a class rating – this basically means you can revalidate your multi-engine rating along side your instrument rating. To revalidate the IR, you are required to complete a proficiency check.
An IR revalidation can be completed in an FNTP II simulator every other year, however you are unable to revalidate your class rating in the simulator. This can be a significantly cheaper option that completing it in the aircraft.

Renewal

  • If your IR has expired, you are required to renew it. This must be done in an aircraft, an FNTP II simulator can’t be used.
  • If your IR has expired by less than 5 years, the applicant must complete a Skill Test with an authorised examiner.
  • If your IR has expired by more than 5 years but less than 7 years the applicant must pass a type rating skill test with or observed by a UK CAA Flight Operations Training Inspector.
  • To renew an IR that has expired by more than 7 years, the applicant will also be required to retake the IR theoretical knowledge examinations.
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