Instrument Ratings

For most pilots, the Instrument Rating is the next step after getting their Private Pilot’s Certificate. An Instrument Rating expands the reach of your pilot’s certificate by enabling you to safely fly in less than VFR weather, i.e. reduced visibility and low ceilings that keep other pilots on the ground.

Your instrument training will begin by teaching you to control the aircraft solely by reference to the flight instruments. As you gain experience and proficiency flying solely by reference to the flight instruments you will then begin to fly by use of numerous navigational aids such as airways and GNS430W or GNS530W system. The final stages of your training will teach you to perform precision approaches in instrument conditions. This is considered to be one of the most challenging and rewarding ratings in aviation.


Hold at least a private pilot certificate
Read, speak, write and understand english
Be a US citizen
If not a US citizen, have TSA clearance
50 hours of cross-country flight of which 10 must be in airplanes

Completion Requirements

40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time 15 of of which must be from an authorized flight instructor
One IFR cross-country flight consisting of a total distance of at least 250 NM and involves an instrument approach at each airport and at least three different kinds of instrument approaches at each airport.
3 hours flight training in preparation of the practical test
Pass the required airman knowledge exam

Completion Time & Cost

The instrument rating can typically be earned in two weeks to six months, depending upon the frequency of training. Full time students who fly and study daily can complete the rating in as little as two weeks. We have been successful in as little as 12 days for a 40 hour course. Students who train two days per week can expect to complete the rating in about three months.

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