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Instrument Rating

Flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) requires additional training. This is the next step for many pilots in their flight training. During this instrument training program, pilots further develop their skills to make them a more proficient and safer pilot. You will have the opportunity to fly when VFR pilots can’t in less than ideal weather conditions.

In this training program, you will learn how to control and fly the airplane solely by reference to instruments. Upon successful completion this course, you will have the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for a FAA instrument rating certificate. Let’s get in the clouds!


  • 18 years old
  • Hold a FAA Private Pilot license
  • Obtain a FAA 3rd class medical
  • Fluent in the English language
  • 50 hours Pilot in Command (PIC)
  • 10 hours cross country Pilot in Command (PIC)

Training Overview

  • Complete a ground school course
  • Pass the FAA written exam
  • 15 hours dual (with instructor)
  • 40 hours actual or simulated instrument
  • One 250nm instrument cross country flight
  • Pass the FAA check ride

With a Instrument Rating You Can

  • Fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)
  • Recieve Air Traffic Control (ATC) services for the duration of your flight
  • Fly when the VFR pilots can’t

Training for an instrument rating with great planes is not only fun but a worthwhile accomplishment as you attain the fundamental skillset required for instrument flight

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