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

PRIVATE / COMMERCIAL

CERTIFICATE

17

YEARS OF AGE

$81.62

CFI HOURLY RATE

$174.90-199

AIRCRAFT HOURLY RATE

50

PIC CROSS COUNTRY HOURS

40

INSTRUMENT HOURS

$16,000

PROGRAM ESTIMATE

6-8 MONTHS

TIME FRAME ESTIMATE

Note: Checkride, Testing, and Pilot Equipment costs are not included in this estimate. Training time and costs for an Instrument Rating varies widely based on the hours you have from previous training and renting.

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.

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