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Instrument Rating

Few people seek out the bad weather to go fly in, but that’s exactly how we train and prepare what will ultimately become well-qualified, safe instrument pilots.


Add an Instrument Rating

Ok, so flying in clear skies was easier than you expected, you earned your pilots license, but suddenly realize that flight you always wanted to do to Vegas for the weekend is causing you anxiety about what the weather will be like in a few days time at your planned time of departure, will you be stuck waiting for it to clear, or worse yet will your return home be blocked by the pesky marine layer? Nope, your instrument rated and a little cloud layer won’t stop you. An instrument rating is a game-changer, now you can leave when you want and reliability expects to make it in, literally rain or shine.


Why get your IFR ticket now ?

One of the most common mistakes a new pilot can make is put off getting an instrument rating. Why? After all, you just put in all this time, effort, and money and now you just want to get out and fly right? Of course, but the fact is most newly minted private pilots don’t fly much, some not at all. Either they lack enough confidence, perhaps they are anxious about getting stuck somewhere if the weather should move i. It’s too easy to lose momentum if you take a break, that break will cost you proficiency and ultimately the enjoyment of that license you just worked so hard for, starting on your instrument rating could just be the perfect excuse to keep flying!


Instrument-rated pilots are statistically safer pilots compared to the average private pilot due to a multitude of reasons. The training required to earn the instrument rating prepares the pilot for real-world instrument meteorological conditions. And you can take off, fly, and land the plane through clouds and low visibility weather.


What is more inconvenient than showing up at the airport on a cloudy day when you somewhere need to be? Instrument-rated pilots do not have this issue! Granted flying conditions are safe for a rated pilot and aircraft, instrument-rated pilots can take off through the marine layers, and travel to any airport of their choice.

Skill Set

In addition to the skillset acquired by the pilot when achieving their private pilot certificate, a newer set of skills comes along when becoming instrument rated. Instrument-rated pilots are held to a higher standard of safety to assure accurate altitudes, headings, and control of the aircraft, to navigate in zero visibility with a complete reference to aircraft instruments.

Insurance Rates

If the pilot ever wants to buy an aircraft of their own, they will save money on insurance due to being instrument-rated, and showing they are of less risk. An instrument-rated pilot is a safe pilot.

Get Your Head
in the Clouds

Try our new IFR Discovery Flight, experience the thrill of flying among the clouds on an introductory instrument flight lesson.


How To Get Your Instrument Rating

Step 1

Take an IFR - DFL

Discovery flights are no longer just for student pilots, we offer an IFR Discovery Flight to see what an instrument rating is all about. Whether you are just considering an instrument rating or committed to getting one, this tailored flight with a CFII will give you a good idea of what all is involved and answer any questions you may have.

Step 2

Set Goals & Make a Plan

Deciding on your goal has always been critical to success and neve more so when adding an instrument rating. You and your instructor will chart a path that will get you where you want in a timeframe that works for your busy schedule.

Step 3

Begin Training

Meet at scheduled times with your instructor to complete lessons in the air, sim, or on the ground. It's no surprise that most pilots describe learning to fly by instruments as more fun and satisfying than when they got their PPL. When you're in the cockpit, you're in good company, as a licensed pilot much of the anxiety of learning something totally new is behind you, and you're among a fellow pilot with your CFI onboard.

Step 4

Pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test

Like the private pilot written you'll be tested on 60 multiple-choice questions, each with 3 possible answers, don't worry you get plenty of time, 2 hours to be exact, and you'll need to get a 70% or better.

Step 5

Now Bring It All Together

The last major requirement for the instrument rating is to demonstrate all the skills you've learned on one epic flight with your instructor. The flight needs to be at least 250 nm along airways or by directed routing, and include an instrument approach at each airport for a total of 3 kinds of approaches, all while operating under instrument flight rules.

Step 6

Pass the Test

Having completed all the requirements your instructor endorses you for both the practical exam with an FAA examiner. Demonstrate your ability successfully, and proudly add an instrument rating to your pilot certificate.

Step 7

Stay Current & Stay Profecient

You now qualify to fly in conditions less than VFR, through weather that others grounded at home. But use your newly minted license carefully, flying is still a privilege and the stakes just got moved uop. Set a plan to stay current and proficient, practice to keep your skills sharp and this license will serve you for years to come.

Training Course

Pay - As - You - Go

Traditional billing after each flight, pay as you go approach, (no pun intended). Put money on account, or use the credit card on file for automated billing.

Package Deal

Upfront & All-Inclusive pricing. A fixed price package including course materials, flight, simulator, and instructional time designed to help you achieve your IFR rating!


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