Instrument Rating Requirements
PRIVATE OR COMMERCIAL
PIC CROSS COUNTRY HOURS
ACTUAL OR SIMULATED INSTRUMENT HOURS
INSTRUMENT CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT
HOURS WITH AN AUTHORIZED INSTRUCTOR
READ, SPEAK, WRITE, & UNDERSTAND
What Will I Learn?
Instrument Flying Meteorology
Aircraft Instrument Systems
Instrument Flying Regulations
Aeronautical Decision Making
IFR Flight Planning
Controlling the Aircraft Solely by Reference to Instruments
Use of Instrument Charts
Your instructor and/or approved ground course will prepare you for the FAA Knowledge and Oral exams, and provide the information required to safely operate an aircraft under Instrument Flight Rules.
With your instructor, you will utilize VFA’s advanced flight simulators 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.
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.
FAA KNOWLEDGE EXAM
This 60 question exam will test your knowledge, anything from aircraft systems to meteorology and flight planning. This exam can be taken at VFA’s onsite FAA certified testing center.
ORAL & PRACTICAL EXAM
After meeting all of the Instrument Rating requirements, your instructor will endorse you to take the Oral and Practical exam. This exam will focus on decision making, aeronautical knowledge, and instrument flying skills. Upon successful completion, you will be issued an Instrument Rating.
How old do I have to be to get my Instrument rating?
You need to be at least 17 years old.
How long will it take to earn my Instrument rating?
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 may cancel a flight. Generally, if a student studies the material and flies frequently, he or she will complete training in the shortest amount of time.
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.
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.
What will my 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.
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