What it takes to earn your Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating


The FAA Instrument Rating is a rating issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, which allows a pilot to legally operate an aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions or IFR flight. More importantly, it allows a pilot to operate within the IFR system that professional pilots prefer. In today’s complex airspace most feel an instrument rating is essential. The instrument rating is essential for pilots seeking a career in aviation


In order to earn an instrument rating, a pilot must possess a private pilot certificate, and complete both a knowledge test and a practical flight test. Prior to starting our instrument rating, you must have at least a private pilot certificate, a current biennial flight review and a current medical certificate. If your biennial flight review is not current, we can complete that prior to enrollment. If you are not an American citizen, you will also need to complete a TSA screening process. No worries, we can guide you through that process. Once TSA screening is complete, you are ready to enroll in our FAA Approved Part 61 instrument pilot course.

Now the learning begins.

Before you decide that it seems too difficult, let us assure you that we are there not only to teach but also to guide you. From your first instrument flight, your first instrument cross country, throughout this experience, our instructors will be there to answer questions and help make this not only a learning experience but a fun experience that will change your life.


  1. Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought.

  2. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

  3. You must have logged the following:

    1. At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.

    2. A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c).

    3. At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.