Take the next step to becoming a more skilled pilot and complete your instrument rating with us! As an instrument pilot, you will have the ability to fly in the clouds and on an instrument flight plan which will aid you on cross-country trips and flying through busy airspaces.
A person who applies for an instrument rating must:
Embark on your journey to obtaining an Instrument Rating with our comprehensive road map, guiding you through every step of the way.
Make sure your flight review is up to date and that you are confident in handling the plane.
Learn the ropes of flying under the hood and relying on your instruments.
Fifty hours of PIC cross country are required and it is better to start sooner rather than later!
You will need forty hours of instrument time. At least fifteen of those forty hours need to be with an instrument rated instructor. For the rest, grab a safety pilot and build some cross country hours at the same time.
Make a study plan using resources like online ground schools, one on one instructor lessons, textbooks, or a combination.
A minimum of fifteen instruction hours are required, three of which need to be within two calendar months of the checkride. The last hours will focus on procedures and approaches.
This 250 nautical mile long cross country with your instructor will include at least three airports and a different instrument approach at each, all filed on an instrument flight plan
You will need an endorsement from an instructor or certified ground school course before you can take the written test. This can be done at any time during your training.
The practical test consists of two parts; oral and flying.
Keep flying instrument procedures and approaches at least every six months to remain current and proficient!
Your most frequently asked questions.
You need an instrument rating to be more proficient, competent, and confident pilot. Your instrument rating will increase your safety as you will be prepared to handle any change in weather conditions. An instrument rating will also allow you to fly in instrument conditions and on an IFR flight plan.
The length of time to earn your instrument rating varies. You can receive your instrument rating in as little as 30 days if you fly every day. If you fly 2-3 times a week, you can receive your instrument rating in about 3 to 6 months.