The Instrument Flight Rating is your second step in aviation. The instrument rating gives you the freedom to fly in low visibility weather and experience necessary to navigate through weather that is less than the minimums prescribed for flying by visual reference. Most private pilot accidents occur when VFR pilots fly into instrument meteorological conditions. The knowledge gained from being able to fly an aircraft solely by reference to instruments adds confidence and ability to your growing experience. This course will make you more confident pilot.
A pilot who applies for an instrument rating must:
- Hold at least a third class medical.
- Hold at least a current private pilot certificate, or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate.
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
- Have received and logged ground instruction on the required aeronautical knowledge areas, have received and endorsement stating you are eligible to take the knowledge test, and pass the required knowledge test.
- Pass the required practical test.
- International Students will need TSA clearance for any training if you are not a US citizen.
- 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command.
- 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time.
- Instrument flight training on cross country flight procedures, including one cross country flight in an airplane with an authorized instructor that is performed under instrument flight rules, when a flight plan has been filed with an air traffic control facility, and that involves:
- A flight of 250 nautical miles along airways or by directed routing from an air traffic control facility;
- An instrument approach at each airport; and
- Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems.