The instrument rating is for those Pilots who need more utility from their flying than VFR flying allows. When you've got to go and the weather is bad, you'll use your instrument rating to pull you through. An instrument rating is also required for almost every commercial type of flying. With few exceptions, an instrument rating is an absolute must for the aspiring airline, commuter or freight pilot. Pleasure or business pilots will also benefit from their instrument rating by increasing their skills, lowering their insurance rates and increasing the utility of flying.
To obtain your Instrument rating, you must...
- Hold at least private pilot certificate
- Read, write, speak and understand English
- Complete the aeronautical experience requirements
- Pass an FAA knowledge test
- Pass an FAA practical test
- 50 hours of Pilot-In-Command, cross-country time
- 40 hours of instrument flight time
- One IFR cross-country flight of 250 NM
Price informationThis sample doesn't include 50 hours of Pilot-In-Command cross-country time. See cross-country time building information. The rates are subject to change without notice.
|Instrument Rating||Unit Price||Subtotal|
|55 hours dual instruction (Aircraft & Instructor)||$165.00||$9,075.00|
|20 hours of simulator (Simulator & Instructor)||$95.00||$1,900.00|
|25 hours of ground instruction (briefing & preparation)||$50.00||$1,250.00|
|Student Pilot Kit||$200.00||$200.00|
|FAA Written Test Fee||$165.00||$165.00|
|FAA Checkride Fee||$500.00||$500.00|
Here is an estimate for how long it usually takes. caution: this sample does not include the 50 hours of cross-country time building.