Instrument Rating

Adding an Instrument Rating to your Private or Commercial Certificate will not only increase your aeronautical skills and knowledge, but also greatly improve your safety and ability to fly in inclement weather. 

Instrument Rating Requirements

CERTIFICATE

PRIVATE OR COMMERCIAL 

50

PIC CROSS COUNTRY HOURS

40

ACTUAL OR SIMULATED INSTRUMENT HOURS

250 NM

INSTRUMENT CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT

15

HOURS WITH AN AUTHORIZED INSTRUCTOR

ENGLISH

READ, SPEAK, WRITE, & UNDERSTAND

What Will I Learn?

Ground Knowledge:

Instrument Flying Meteorology 

Aircraft Instrument Systems 

Instrument Flying Regulations 

Aeronautical Decision Making

IFR Flight Planning 

 

Flight Experience:

Controlling the Aircraft Solely by Reference to Instruments 

IFR Navigations 

Use of Instrument Charts 

Resource Management 

Emergency Procedures 

TRAINING BREAKDOWN

Ground Training

As part of your ground training, your instructor will teach you about aircraft instrument systems, instrument flying regulations, aeronautical decision making and help you understand and prepare IFR flight plans. This training will provide the information required to safely operate an aircraft under Instrument Flight Rules and prepare you for the FAA Knowledge and Oral Exams required to earn this rating.

Simulator Training

With your instructor, you will utilize VFA’s Advanced Flight Training Devices to learn how to operate the aircraft solely by reference to the flight instruments without any outside visual reference. The simulator provides a safe and positive environment to build basic instrument flying skills, without the distractions of the real aircraft. 

Flight Training

With your instructor, you will fly VFA’s advanced training fleet to perfect your instrument flying skills. Training can be conducted in aircraft with varying levels of avionics from full digital cockpits and advanced autopilots to basic analog instrument aircraft which will prepare you to be able to fly a wide variety of aircraft instrumentation. 

Instructor Endorsement

Your instructor will give you multiple endorsements throughout your training, allowing you to take your FAA Knowledge Exam, Solo Flights and Checkride with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).

FAA Knowledge Exam

The FAA Knowledge Exam is a multiple-choice test with 60 questions that is required for an Instrument Rating. This exam will test your knowledge; anything from aircraft systems to meteorology and flight planning. Once you and your instructor have determined you’re ready for the test, it can be completed at VFA’s onsite FAA Certified Testing Center. Applicants must study for and pass the examination.

Oral & Practical Exam

After meeting all of the FAA Instrument Rating requirements, and your instructor has determined you are ready, you will take the Oral Exam and Practical Test with a Designated Pilot Examiner. The Oral Exam and Practical Test will focus on decision making, aeronautical knowledge, and instrument flying skills. Upon successful completion, you will be issued an Instrument Rating. 

THE VFA DIFFERENCE

ADVANCED FLEET

With the largest and most advanced rental fleet in the state, VFA has the right aircraft for you. All of our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards by our in-house maintenance department.

PASSIONATE STAFF

VFA has a diverse group of passionate and knowledgeable instructors here to help you achieve your goals. No matter your learning style, we have the right instructor for you.

AVIATION COMMUNITY

When you join us at VFA, you join a passionate community dedicated to furthering aviation education in Vermont. Every lesson you take at VFA helps to contribute to providing flights to underprivileged children in Vermont.

FAQ

How old do I have to be to get my Instrument Rating?

You need to be at least 17 years old, and hold a Current Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate.

What are the benefits of having an Instrument Rating?

With an Instrument Rating you are able to fly in IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions. It will increase your safety knowing how to fly using instruments/non visual aids. It will also prepare you to handle any change in the weather you may encounter on a flight.

How long will it take to earn my Instrument Rating?

It may take 6-8 months to earn an Instrument Rating, however there are many variables that affect how quickly one earns their Instrument Rating. For example, bad weather on a day you are scheduled to fly. Generally, if a student studies the material and flies frequently, he or she will complete training in the shortest amount of time. 

What will my Instrument Rating training involve?

Training for the Instrument Rating will involve a lot of flying by reference to instruments. Some of this can be accomplished in one of our flight training devices. In the aircraft, you will be doing a lot of flying “under the hood”, meaning using a view limiting device, which confines your field of view to only the flight instruments. Some of your training also may be in “actual” IFR conditions.

Once I get my Instrument Rating, how do I keep it current?

You can keep your Instrument Rating current in one of two ways. (1) You can perform at least six instrument approaches; perform holding procedures; and intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigation systems every six months. (2) Alternatively, You can take an Instrument Proficiency Check with an authorized instructor.

General Information

HOURS:

Monday - Friday | 8AM - 5PM

Saturday | 9AM - 4PM

Sunday | 9AM - 3PM

* Hours are subject change.

PHONE:

802.863.5988

EMAIL :

office@flyvfa.org

LOCATION:

355 Valley Road
South Burlington, VT 05403

Vermont Flight Academy