The instrument rating is typically the next step after you complete your private pilot certificate. The entire training course focuses on learning to safely fly using aircraft avionics, radios, communication and navigation equipment.
Because weather is unpredictable, it is almost essential to have an instrument rating if you plan to fly long distances or cross-country. As a private pilot, you are restricted to flying under VFR rules (looking out the windows) and therefore are limited when you can fly. An instrument pilot is able to fly in less than perfect weather and through clouds using the aircraft’s precision guidance instrumentation.
Our instrument-training curriculum is also FAA Part 141 approved. This means our program has met the highest training standards designated by the Federal Aviation Administration. This also allows our students to enjoy a much more structured training syllabus that requires fewer hours to complete with a typical student completing their IFR training in about 35-45 hours of flight time.
Optionally, the student can elect to use our full motion flight simulator (AATD) to substitute up to 40% of their flight lessons, which is about 14 hours. That is a cost savings of at least $2000.00.
Each program is custom tailored to each student’s needs and goals. The typical IFR program consists of computer based ground training, one-on-one ground training with an instructor, proficiency building in a full motion flight simulator and flight lessons in the aircraft.
Our IFR course is divided into three stages integrating ground and flight lessons. Lessons in each stage follow a careful, step-by-step progression of introducing and then practicing each task, with academic assignments preceding the flight lessons. Each stage also includes a stage exam and check flight, which serves as a progression and quality check. These check flights are conducted by designated instructors that meet FAA standards and ensure you are receiving proper technique training as intended and progressing through the syllabus on pace.
Steps for Becoming an Instrument Rated Pilot
Our training courses are specifically designed for Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA). Our entire fleet is designated TAA and feature the Garmin G1000 “glass cockpit” avionics package. By training in a technically advanced aircraft under a FAA Part 141 syllabus you are ensured to get the most advanced flight training available.