Instrument Rating Prerequisites:
- 18 Years of Age
- FAA Private Pilot License
- FAA 3rd Class Medical
- Understand & Speak English
Instrument Rating Steps:
- Minimum of 30 Hours Under The “Hood” or in Actual Instrument Conditions (In the clouds)
- 10 Hours in our Simulator
- Pass FAA Instrument Written exam
- Pass The Checkride
Instrument Rating Privileges:
- Fly in IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) Conditions
- Receive Air Traffic Control Guidance Along Your Entire Flight
- Receive Priority Landings
Why Do I Need an Instrument Rating?
Having your Instrument Rating will make you a more proficient, competent and confident pilot. You will have greater confidence when landing at a new or unfamiliar airport. Most importantly, your Instrument rating will increase your safety. Being prepared and able to handle any change in the weather, will make you and your passengers safer.
How Long Does The Instrument Rating Training Take?
The length of time it takes to earn your Instrument Rating depends upon how often you fly. You can receive your Instrument rating in as little as 30 days if you fly everyday. Most students fly on average 2-3 times per week. At this pace you can receive your Instrument rating in as little as 90 days.
- 40 flight hours of actual or simulated IFR
- 50 hours cross country PIC
- Up to 10 hours in our FAA approved simulator
Your Instrument Rating Training Will Include:
- Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that apply to flight operations under IFR
- Air traffic control system and procedures for instrument flight operations
- Safe and efficient operation of aircraft under instrument flight rules and conditions
- Preflight procedures
- Air traffic control clearances and procedures
- Instrument approach procedures
- Appropriate information that applies to flight operations under IFR in the “Aeronautical Information Manual”
- Use of IFR en route and instrument approach procedure charts
- Procurement and use of aviation weather reports and forecasts and the elements of forecasting weather trends based on that information and personal observation of weather conditions
- Flight by reference to instruments
- Postflight procedures
- IFR navigation and approaches by use of navigation systems
- Recognition of critical weather situations and windshear avoidance
- Crew resource management, including crew communication and coordination
- Aeronautical decision making and judgment
- Preflight preparation
- Navigation systems
- Emergency operations
What Can I Do With An IFR Rating Once I have It?
Once you receive your Instrument, you will be able to fly in weather with lower visibility. This means you can fly in known low visibility areas, like on the coast when there is a marine layer and over the mountains when it is cloudy. Additionally, flying in IFR weather with a flight plan will often give you priority to land at busy airports. When the airport knows you are arriving before you even take off, they can plan better for your arrival.