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The Instrument Rating is the goal of the Certificated Private Pilot who wishes to fly in instrument flight conditions and is the second step in a career pilot program. To earn an FAA Instrument Rating a pilot must be knowledgeable, proficient and experienced in 8 important pilot operations which are required by Federal Air Regulations. Knowledge is gained through ground school and demonstrated on both an FAA Written Exam and an oral examination at the completion of training; proficiency is acquired through the use of a guided step by step flight training syllabus; and experience is gained through practice with an instrument flight instructor in a flight simulator (ATD) and in flight. 

The training course is divided into three stages of training with the following objectives: Stage I – Attitude Instrument Flying and Radio Navigation, Stage II – Terminal and Instrument Approach Procedures, and Stage III – IFR Cross-country and Instrument Rating Certification with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.


The following Instrument Rating Course is based on FAA minimums for Certification with at least 43 hours of PIC cross-country experience. The actual completion time and price may vary 10% or more depending on flying frequency and individual aptitude and motivation. 

Enrollment Prerequisites


  • Valid medical certificate

  • Read, speak, write and understand English

  • At least an FAA or ICAO Private Pilot Certificate  - Airplane Single Engine Land

  • 50 Hrs of PIC cross-country

Minimum Course Requirements per FAR 141

  • 14.0 Hrs Frasca 142 (ATD) instrument flight simulator

  • 21.0 Hrs PA28 instrument flight instruction

  • 30.0 Hrs ground instruction

  • 10.0 Hrs  Pre/Post Briefing              


Course Price                          

$ 10,796


Note - The course price includes course texts and materials ($160). FAA Written ($175) and Pilot Examiner fees ($700) are not included in the course price. The rental of the FAA Flight Test is also not included and is approximately $246.


Course Completion Time

2 to 3 months

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