2216 N. Broadway Minot, ND 58703

2216 N. Broadway Minot, ND 58703

Instrument Rating


About the Program

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:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Hold a FAA private pilot certificate
  • Pass a FAA 3rd class medical
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Minimum of 40 hours in actual or simulated instrument conditions
    • 15 of which must be with an authorized instructor (CFI-I)
  • 50 hours PIC cross country
  • Pass FAA Instrument knowledge test
  • Pass the FAA Instrument practical test
  • Fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)
  • Receive air traffic control guidance along your entire flight
  • Fly into busier airspace
Your Instrument Rating Road Map

Embark on your journey to obtaining an Instrument Rating with our comprehensive road map, guiding you through every step of the way.

1. Private Proficiency

Make sure your flight review is up to date and that you are confident in handling the plane.

2. Initial Instruction

Learn the ropes of flying under the hood and relying on your instruments.

3. Cross Country Building

Fifty hours of PIC cross country are required and it is better to start sooner rather than later!

4. Simulated and Actual Instrument Time

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.

5. Ground School

Make a study plan using resources like online ground schools, one on one instructor lessons, textbooks, or a combination.

6. Flight Instruction

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.

7. Long Cross Country

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

8. Written Test

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.

9. Checkride

The practical test consists of two parts; oral and flying.

10. Instrument Currency

Keep flying instrument procedures and approaches at least every six months to remain current and proficient!

Frequently Asked Questions

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.