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In order to exercise your SP IR privileges it must be valid, this can be achieved by taking a revalidation test in a SPA. Once they are both valid, then you can retain the SP privileges by experience so long as the MP IR is also valid. Part FCL App 8
Provided that within the preceding 12 months the applicant has flown at least three IFR departures and approaches on an SP class or type of aeroplane in single pilot operations, or, for multi-engine non-high performance non-complex aeroplanes, the applicant has passed section 6 of the skill test for single-pilot non-high performance non-complex aeroplanes flown solely by reference to instruments in single-pilot operation.
At present my aim is to have an MEP/IR, SEP, and revalidate the whole lot by an MEP class rating test with an asymmetric approach to GA and asymmetric approach and landing on instruments, using my MP IR revalidation check to credit the IR part.
Interestingly, does anyone know how I can upgrade my SE IR to MEP? Do I just need to do the asymmetric parts of the test as I hold a valid MP IR and valid SE IR?
Renewal = It has expired, you do something to get it back.
Test required, has to be in an actual aeroplane.
Revalidation = Rating is still valid, you do something to keep it before it expires.
Can be done in a variety of ways, but if done by test, every OTHER test has to be in an actual aeroplane - you cannot revalidate by test in an FNTP II twice in succession.
In reality (assuming MEP) you fly an airways sector, IFR airwork and a couple of approaches (one asymmetric) as part of the MEP revalidation / renewal test, not a separate test, so the hassle and extra cost is not huge in the grand scheme of things.
My multi pilot IR has never expired, however i have not flown under single pilot IR for a while. Under JAR that would not be an issue but the UK CAA consider the SPA IR and the MPA IR to be two different rating.
So i am assuming this is a renewal of my SPA IR even if my MPA IR is still valid. This require a test in the aircraft.
Reading EASA, there doesn't sem to be a difference now between the MPA and SPA IR?
Just to make sure. I could now take a SP IR skill test to renew my SP IR as i have a valid MP IR. Just to make sure as my SP Ir has exprired since 1998. And lasir is not clear or is it better to wait till easa?
Note: If an applicant has been exercising the privileges of an instrument rating on another category of aircraft (including MPA)... ... the renewal requirements will be based on the expiry date of the IR currently being exercised