Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating (Land)

An instrument rating is obtained by pilots that are seeking to get more out of flying. Instrument training will hone your flying skills to a new level and teach you advanced navigation techniques that will allow you to fly more places in many different weather conditions. An instrument rating gives pilots a greater freedom and utility. Whether you are flying for business or pleasure, an instrument rating will make you a safer and more confident pilot.

Stage I – Aircraft Control and Navigation

This first stage will teach you the basics of instrument flying. You will learn how to control the airplane, only referencing your instruments. Once you have a feel for basic instrument flying, you will begin to work with navigations aids such as VOR, GPS, and NDB intercepts. This first stage provides a foundation for the rest of your training and is very important.

Stage II – Approaches and Airport Procedures

This stage teaches you the fundamentals of flight around an airport under Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). You will learn about briefing, IRF approaches, and how to fly non-precision and precision approach procedures. You will focus on transitioning from enroute flight, to the approach. Navigation aids such as GPS may be used in this stage of training.

Stage III – Cross Country Procedures

This stage will require the use of all of the previously acquired knowledge of instrument flight. You will be navigating from one airport to another under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). You will be required to take off from one airport, navigate, fly the approach, and successfully land at another airport. You will have to use your cockpit management skills to stay organized and consistent in the airplane.

Stage IV – Test Preparation

During this stage, you will review all of the information and training you have received and prepare to pas your instrument exam and checkride.

FAA Requirements

· The FAA requires the student to log at least 125 hours (Part 61).
· Student must also have at least 50 hours of cross country time logged as Pilot in Command.

Aeronautical Requirements

· Hold a current Private Pilot Certificate
· Pass a written exam on the aeronautical knowledge areas of FAR 61.65(b).
· Receive proper flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized flight instructor.

Completion Time

The completion time of the private pilot certificate will vary based on scheduling, weather, and competency level of the student. More frequent training will result a better skill retention level and a faster completion time. Therefore, students training 2-3 times a week can complete their rating in 4-6 months

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