The Instrument Rating allows you to fly under FAA’s Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC – that means fly right through clouds) and increases the flexibility of the airplane as a source of transportation.

Instead of flying by reference to the earth’s horizon, the airplane’s instruments are used to fly the airplane and navigate to the destination.

The Instrument Rating course, based on two or three sessions per week, is normally about four months.

How Much Does it Cost?


*Now hold on a moment… that price is using FAA’s absolute minimum training with our current rates. This quote would consider your ability to learn and fly is 100% perfect in every way.

Now let’s talk real-life numbers.

The FAA posts a national average of 65 flight hours to become an instrument-rated pilot. That brings your training for this course to an estimated  $13,444.33

As a professional flight training center, we would be doing you a disservice without letting you know that no student is ready at exactly at the FAA minimum hours. Your hours will vary based on your skills, frequency of flight and effort in studying the materials.

FAA Requirements

  • The national average is 60 to 65 hrs.
  • 50 hrs. of cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command
  • * 40 hrs. of simulated or actual instrument flight time
    • 20 hrs. may occur in an FAA approved, advanced flight training device (FTD), which OCFC uses in order to reduce cost and greatly improve training efficiency and pilot knowledge.
  • 15 hrs. of instrument instruction in an airplane
  • 250 nm. instrument cross-country flight
  • 3 hrs. preparing for the FAA checkride


Flight Training Sequence

  • Instrument scanning, interpretation, and airplane control
  • Radio and GPS navigation
  • Holding patterns
  • Instrument approaches
  • Cross-country flying
  • Review for the FAA written test
  • Review for the FAA checkride

Hours of Cross Country Flight

Hours of Instrument Flight

Hours of Instruction

Hours of FAA Checkride Prep


Hours "PIC" Cross Country Flight

* Note: FAA time requirements are considerably less than the national average. As a member of the United Nations, the United States must publish those times — grossly inadequate for learning to fly in today’s U.S. airspace — as prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). To solve that dilemma, the FAA publishes a practical test standard (PTS) for each certificate and rating, which mandates training to proficiency, not flight time. The national average reflects that requirement.