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Instrument Rating Groups

The group of instrument rating issued must correspond to the class of aeroplane or representative FSTD used for the instrument rating flight test.

Subject to the privileges of the candidate's licence, an instrument rating may be issued valid for:

Group 1 (all aeroplanes) when the flight test was conducted in a multi-engine aeroplane other than a center-thrust multi-engine aeroplane;

Group 2 (all center-thrust multi-engine and single engine aeroplanes) when the flight test was conducted in a center-line thrust multi-engine aeroplane;

Group 3 (all single engine aeroplanes) when the flight test was conducted in a single engine aeroplane.

Note: Renewals that involve first-time transitioning from a Group 2, 3 or 4 rating to a Group 1 instrument rating will not be conducted in a flight-training device (FTD). Those transitions must be conducted in an aeroplane or a full-flight simulator.