The Instrument Rating allows a pilot to fly in weather with reduced visibilities such as rain, low clouds, or heavy haze. When flying in these conditions, pilots follow instrument flight rules (IFR). The instrument rating provides the skills needed to complete flights without visual reference to the ground, except for the takeoff and landing phases. Pilots applying for an instrument rating must hold at least a current private pilot certificate and medical, have logged at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, and have at least 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time including at least 15 hours of instrument flight training and instrument training on cross-country flight procedures.
For an easy understanding, this information has been summarized for you and consequently does not contain all exceptions! Please refer always to current FAR's before acting upon it!
Instrument Rating Requirements:
To be eligible for an instrument rating, you must:
- Hold at least a current private pilot certificate with an aircraft category and class rating that applies to the instrument rating sought.
- Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
- Have received and logged ground training on the aeronautical knowledge areas of this section that apply to the instrument rating sought.
- Have logged at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which at least 10 hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.
- Have a total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation of this section including at least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for which the instrument rating is sought, and instrument training on cross-country flight procedures specific to airplanes, or helicopters or a powered-lift. (A maximum of 20 hours, or if the training was accomplished in accordance with Part 142, a maximum of 30 hours may be performed in an approved flight simulator or approved flight training device.)
- Pass the knowledge test.
- Pass the practical test.
IFR Course Pricing Estimate
HOURS PRICE TOTAL
Training aircraft 19 Hrs. $110.00 $1,900.00
Simulator with Instructor 20 Hrs. $90.00 $1,800.00
Flight Instruction 17 Hrs. $50.00 $850.00
Books $250.00 $250.00
Ground Instruction 17 Hrs. $50.00 $850.00
FAA Written $150.00 $150.00
Charts ( AFD, APP Plates) $30.00 $30.00
Examiner’s FEE $400.00 $400.00
The actual cost of this Instrument flight training course can vary from person to person and could actually be less than the estimated cost if the trainee pilot comes with some previous instrument time logged. This price is just a sample of what you could expect to pay to get this rating.
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