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 Instrument Rating Requirements







Night View: flying solely with reference to instruments

General Requirements for IFR Rating
To apply for an instrument rating, one must hold at least a private pilot certificate, and be able to read, speak, write and understand English.  They also must receive and log training from an authorized instructor on aeronautical knowledge topics such as regulations for IFR flights, air traffic control system and procedures for IFR flight, use of IFR charts, and procurement of weather.  They must receive an endorsement from an instructor to take a written exam, and pass the written exam with a score of at least 70%, and have an endorsement that they are prepared to take the practical test.

Knowledge Test
You must pass the instrument knowledge test, which is a FAA test of 60 multiple choice questions
  You can prepare for it in many ways, including home study with books or DVDs or with a classroom ground school taught at a local college or flying school..  Ground schools are taught at Foothills College, and several places at Reid-Hillview airport.

Flight Experience
Prior to the checkride, you must have accumulated:

  • 50 hours of cross-country time (to airports >50 nm away)
  • 40 hours of instrument time
  • 15 hours of instrument dual
  • 3 hours training within past 60 days
  • 250 nm cross country flight with 3 approaches

When you're ready, your instructor will endorse your logbook so you can take the practical flight test with an FAA-designated examiner. This exam is defined by the Practical Test Standard (PTS) booklet, and includes both an oral exam and a flight test. 

Ideally, you'll want to fly at least once a week, and plan for a 3 hour block of time that includes briefing, flight instruction and de-briefing.  If you have fewer than 50 hours of cross-country time, focus on building that up to 25-30 hours before you start your instrument training.  Some of the training will be conducted in actual conditions, and morning time slots are most conducive for this. Call or email us with any questions, and then schedule a day to get started!

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