Instrument Rating

An Instrument rating may be added to a Private or Commercial certificate authorizing the pilot to conduct flight operations in weather that does not permit adequate visual reference outside the cockpit. To add the rating, a pilot must log at least 40 hours of flying by sole reference to the cockpit instruments; 15 of these hours must be with an instrument rated flight instructor (CFII). Additionally, a pilot must log at least 50 hours as pilot-in-command of cross-country flights; 10 of these hours must be in airplanes. Ground training may be conducted either by a CFII or by an instrument ground instructor (IGI). Pilots pursuing the instrument rating may expect the following:


  1. Private Pilot Certificate
  2. FAA Airman Medical Certificate, Third Class
  3. Read, speak, write, and understand English
  4. U.S. citizen or TSA approved foreign national

Ground Lessons

  1. Organization Of Airspace & the Air Traffic Control (ATC) System
  2. Aviation Weather Reports & Flight Planning
  3. Preflight & Post Flight Procedures
  4. IFR Flight Operations, According To the FAR/AIM
  5. IFR Enroute Charts, Navigation, & Procedures
  6. IFR Terminal Maps, Navigation, & Procedures
  7. IFR Safety, Hazards, & Emergencies
  8. CRM, ADM, Spatial Disorientation, and Aeromedical Factors
  9. Written Exam Preparation
  10. Written Exam Corrections & Check Ride Prep

Flight Lessons

  1. Flight and Navigation Instruments
  2. Intercepting & Tracking Courses
  3. ATC Flight Plans, Clearances, and Enroute Procedures
  4. Holding Patterns & Procedure Turns
  5. Arrival and Departure Procedures
  6. Non-precision Approaches
  7. Precision Approaches
  8. Emergency Procedures
  9. Stage Check IV: Dual Cross-Country w/ Approaches
  10. Instrument rating Check Ride Prep
14 CFR 61.65 compliance (a) -(1) & (2) required by course prerequisites -(3) & (4) confirmed by a CFII or IGI after completion of ground lesson #9 -(5), (6), & (7) confirmed by CFII prior to conducting check ride prep -(8) determined by the pilot examiner (b) covered, in whole, by successful completion of the above ground lessons (c) covered, in whole, by successful completion of the above flight lessons (d) confirmed by CFII conducting check ride prep prior to signing FAA Form 8710-1 (e) -N/A- (rating not offered at this time) (f) -N/A- (rating not offered at this time) (g) & (h) confirmed by CFII prior to conducting check ride prep, when applicable; however, neither flight simulators, flight training devices, nor aviation training devices are not used for training by us at this time.