Private Pilot Certificate or Higher
Simulated or Actual IMC Time (hrs)40
PIC Cross Country Time (hrs)50
Written ExamYes
FAA CheckrideYes


*You may require additional training to meet ACS standards.




With an Instrument Rating, you'll have the privilege of flying without reference to anything but your instruments. That means in the clouds (Instrument Meteorological Conditions), special VFR at night, or in low or no visibility conditions.

You will learn to fly several different instrument approaches, DME arcs, and holding patterns. You will learn the intricacies of weather, ATC clearances and procedures, and you will become an expert on aircraft navigation equipment. Our Elite RC-1 simulator is perfect for practicing instrument approaches!

If you fly for fun, getting your instrument rating is a step you can take to make yourself a better, safer pilot. You will increase your confidence and drastically reduce the hazards of unexpected IMC.

​As part of your training, you will fly a 250nm-minimum cross country flight under Instrument Flight Rules, with at least three different instrument approaches at three different airports.

Instrument Rating

Minimum Requirements*