Airman Flight School

Instrument Rating

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Instrument Rating

Why Pursue an Instrument Rating?

Before diving into instrument training, consider why you're interested in acquiring this rating. Generally, motivations fall into three categories:

  1. Safety Net: Having it "just in case" for unforeseen situations.
  2. Career Step: An essential milestone for a career in aviation.
  3. Enhanced Productivity: Improving the efficiency of personal or business flying.

Understanding your motivation can help align your training approach with your goals.

Training Options

At Airman Flight Training, we offer diverse paths to obtain your instrument rating, tailoring our approach to fit your needs:

  • Airplane Only: Traditional in-aircraft training.
  • Recommended: A combination of Airplane and FAA-Approved Simulator (AATD), balancing real-world experience with advanced simulation.

Our Resources

  • Accelerated Courses: Complete your training in approximately 2 weeks, assuming prerequisite written tests and cross-country requirements are met.
  • Flexible Scheduling: Move at a pace that suits your lifestyle.
  • State-of-the-Art Equipment: Our Redbird MCX full-motion simulator with dual controls and the Cessna 172 G 1000 offer the ideal training environment.

Structured Syllabus and Manual

Our comprehensive syllabus and manual ensure both students and instructors navigate the training process efficiently, covering all necessary material and skills.


Instrument Rating Requirements

As per 14 CFR 61.65, the criteria to qualify for an instrument rating include:


  • Hold a current private pilot certificate.
  • Proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, and understanding English.


Flying Requirements

  • At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC.
  • A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, with up to 20 hours in an FAA-Approved AATD Simulator.
  • Completion of at least one cross-country flight under IFR flight plans covering a total distance of 250 nm.

Ground Training

To prepare for the knowledge test, we recommend:

  • Online Courses: From Cessna Pilot Training or Kings School.
  • Sheppard Air Program: Proven success in preparing students for exams.

Our instructors will periodically review your knowledge, provide detailed explanations during one-on-one sessions, and endorse your logbook or training record when you’re ready to take the knowledge test.