Instrument Rating Course

FAR Part 61 (§61.65)

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Basic Requirements

  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.65(b)
  • Pass a practical test on the areas of operation listed in §61.65(c) of this part that apply to the aircraft rating sought.
  • A person applying for an instrument rating (i.e. “on the day of the checkride”) must have logged at least 50 hours of ‘cross-country’ flight time as Pilot-in-Command.

Flight Training Required & Cost (*For an airplane rating)

Minimum Requirements (61.65(c))

**Total Minimum Cost: $11,210

**This is the absolute minimum cost, based on the FAA’s minimum requirements for an Instrument-Airplane Rating. The national average for obtaining this rating is 60 hours of flight time. This figure also assumes the applicant will complete a home-study course, as there is no ground instruction factored into this figure. Ground Instruction = $82/hr.

Please contact us for more information regarding the requirements and benefits of training under the part 141 rules.