Instrument Rating

For pilots with more experience and the need to depart or land when overcast skies prohibit VFR flight, an instrument rating is the necessary next step. Instrument students do not only learn to navigate using only the flight instruments for reference, but also must learn a host of air traffic control procedures and clearances that make flight through the clouds safe. Achieving your instrument rating is a great next step to develop more skills that will make you a safer pilot with more opportunities to fly.

Instrument Training Includes:

  • ATC Clearances and National Airspace System
  • Standard Instrument Departure Procedures
  • Enroute Instrument Procedures
  • Holding
  • Instrument Arrival and Approach Procedures

At the completion of the rating, students must have:

  • At least 50 hours of PIC Cross Country flight time
  • At least 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time