For most pilots, the Instrument Rating is the next step after getting their Private Pilot’s Certificate. An Instrument Rating expands the reach of your pilot’s certificate by enabling you to safely fly in less than "fair" weather, i.e. reduced visibility and low ceilings that keep other pilots on the ground.
Your instrument training will begin by teaching you to control the aircraft solely by reference to the flight instruments. As you gain experience and proficiency flying solely by reference to the flight instruments you will then begin to fly by use of numerous navigational aids such as airways and gps systems. The final stages of your training will teach you to perform precision approaches in instrument conditions. It is considered to be one of the most challenging and rewarding ratings in aviation.
- Must Hold a Private Pilot Certificate
- Read, Speak, Write, and Understand English
- Be a US Citizen or have TSA Clearance
- Hold an FAA Medical
The FAA requries students to log a minimum of 50 Cross Country Flight Hours (Or 35 hours dual instruction under Part-141) to be eligible for the Instrument Rating. You will also complete a long Cross Country Flight for your rating. You will also be required to log a certain amount of time in simulated instrument conditions.
These are minimum times, and you may require more hours to be profecient. You will also be requried to pass an FAA knowledge test before your checkride. You will prepare for this in Ground School.
During your training you will be assigned an instructor who will navigate you to success and walk you through the specfic requriements for each flight.
We do not requrie a deposit or require you to prepay for your course to start training. Rather, we bill you by the hour.
This "Pay as you go" model allows you to pay for your traning throughout the course rather than all at once. You will be billed per flight hour and your instructors time. A breakdown of airplane and instructor pricing can be found in the Pricing tab.
The total cost for the private pilot course averages at $9,000. However this can vary, either higher or lower, based on proficiency.