Instrument Pilot rating 

Obtaining an instrument pilot rating is the biggest step you can take towards becoming a safer, more knowledgeable, and more professional pilot. Instrument training will teach you precise control of the aircraft by reference only to instruments. You will also learn the full intricacies of airspace and regulations. With an instrument rating you can feel free to take that trip you’ve been considering, without the worry of being delayed due to weather or low ceilings. Obtaining an instrument rating will make for a safer pilot, reduce insurance premiums and is more marketable, as many aviation employers require their pilots to be instrument rated.

how much time will it take?

The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of simulated or actual instrument flight to be eligible for certification. At least 15 hours of this must be accomplished with an authorized instrument instructor (CFII). This rating also requires a FAA Third Class Medical as well as an instrument pilot airplane knowledge and practical exam. Most students take advantage of the opportunity to obtain an instrument rating while building time towards their Commercial Pilot License.

how much will it cost?

Listed below are the approximate costs of an Instrument Rating at the FAA minimums, and at an average that we at EFI Flight School have found to be accurate. These estimates are based on the current rates of $60 an hour for instruction, $150 an hour in a rental Cessna 172 and $50 an hour for the simulator. Actual time and cost may vary depending on pilot proficiency, type of aircraft, frequency and consistency of flight lessons.

Estimates based on FAA Part 61 minimums. Only 35 hours of flight time is required if training under Part 141. For more information on the differences between Part 61 and Part 141 flight training, click HERE.

why choose EFI flight school for your instrument rating?

As an instrument pilot you will gain valuable and advanced knowledge and skills that will make your flying safer, more convenient, and more versatile. At EFI Flight School, we utilize a modern glass cockpit, G1000 aircraft to ensure you get the most up-to-date training and experience. We also offer the option to start your training in our FAA certified flight training device (simulator) that will help hone your skills before you even start your dual instrument training in the aircraft. Utilizing the simulator for a portion of your flight time makes obtaining your instrument rating more efficient and less expensive. Our simulator can be configured for either the glass cockpit of a C172SP or a Cirrus SR20/SR22.

what are the steps to earning my certificate?

  1. Prepare for the written test. From the first flight with your instructor you’ll need to study along the way in preparation for your written exam, which is usually taken towards the end of your flight training.

  2. Dual Instruction. At least 15 of the required 40 hours of instrument flight has to be accomplished with a CFII.

  3. Cross Country Flight. One long IFR cross country flight is required. At least one leg of the three leg trip must have a straight line distance of at least 250 nautical miles. Additionally, three different types of instrument approaches must be flown during this flight.

  4. Oral and Practical Test. Once you meet all the flight training requirements and your instructor believes you are proficient, you are ready for the check ride. This check ride is composed of a oral examination and a hands-on flight in the aircraft with an FAA designated examiner. The check ride examines your knowledge, practices and proficiency at the controls of the aircraft via reference to instruments only.