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instrument rating requirements

Instrument Rating

Having your instrument rating is a crucial tool when becoming a safer pilot or a professional pilot.

Most aviation companies are requiring instrument ratings for all of their new pilot candidates. The instrument rating allows you to get in and out of locations that have less than ideal weather condition and makes you a much better pilot when relying on your instruments.

Cessna Instrument Rating Training Overview

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Developing Instrument Skills Polishing Instrument Skills GPS NDB and VOR Navigation Holding Patterns and DME Arcs Precision and Non-precision Instrument Approaches Automation, ATC and Other Approaches IFR Cross Country Practical Test Preparation

Developing Instrument Skills

developing instrument skills

Polishing Instrument Skills

polishing instrument skills

GPS NDB and VOR Navigation

GPS navigation

Holding Patterns and DME Arcs

holding patterns

Precision and Non-precision Instrument Approaches

instrument approaches

Automation, ATC and Other Approaches

ATC and other approaches

IFR Cross Country

ifr cross country

Practical Test Preparation

test preparation

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Currently have at least a Fixed Wing Private Pilot License
  • Hold at least a current FAA Third Class Medical Certificate
  • Acquire at least 50 hours of XC (cross-country) flight time as PIC (Pilot In Command), 10 hours of which must have been in an airplane
  • Acquire at least 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, including a minimum of 15 hours of instrument flight training from a Flight Instructor certified to teach the instrument rating (CFII)
  • Pass FAA written test (knowledge exam) and checkride (practical test)

Pricing Information

Satisfying our minimum Instrument Rating requirements (Part 141) of 35 hours will cost $12,870.00 including flight, ground, and training materials. Please note – the nationwide average for a student to get his Instrument Rating is 50 hours. Students learn at different rates and the average cost for an Instrument Rating is $13,000 – $15,000.

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