In inclement weather, dark of night or any other situation where visibility is restricted, a pilot must be able to fly using instrumentation alone. After becoming a private pilot, many students will then want instrumentation training. Our flight academy combines flight time, ground training and flight simulation to increase your margin of safety while not flying by Visual Flight Rules (VFR). In order to obtain an FAA Instrument Rating, you must complete at least 15 hours of dual flight time with one of our authorized instrument instructors and 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time. You must also log 50 hours of pilot in command cross-country flight time.
This course will teach you to fly solely by aircraft instruments, intercept and track flight paths, approach landing via instrument and safely navigate in instrument conditions. You will also be allowed to fly in Class A airspace.
Instrument Pilot Privileges
- May Fly passengers
- May fly in IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules), i.e. conditions less than the minimums prescribe for ( Visual Flight Rules ).
- May fly in Class A Airspace
- May fly day or night
- Must be a holder of a private pilot certificate
- Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
- Must pass both an FAA Written Exam and an FAA Practical Exam (checkride)
- Must have at least a 3rd class FAA Medical Certificate
FAA Hour Requirements
- Must log at least 50 hours of Pilot in Command cross country time
- 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time
- 15 hours of dual flight time with authorized instrument instructor
What You Will Learn
- To fly solely by aircraft instruments
- Intercepting and tracking flight paths
- Instrument landing approaches
- To safely navigate in Instrument conditions