Today, I passed my IFR English exam, which is a requirement for the Instrument Rating in Europe. Although I don’t plan to obtain the European IR at the moment, I thought it would be beneficial to take the exam since my English skills are quite good. It was not hard at all, even with no prior experience of instrument flying except for one flight as a backseat passenger in a Cessna C172. Flying as an airline passenger do not count as well 🙂
In the written section, I had to define terms such as “straight-in approach,” “jet stream,” and “alternate current.” I found no unfamiliar terms and found it more challenging to express myself than to understand the questions. Following this, I had to expand on some abbreviations.
In the oral part, I had to describe approach plates (RNAV and ILS) and answer questions about them. Finally, there was a simulated communication with ATC.
Everything went well, and I now have another essential document to add to my collection!