Earning Your Rating
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.
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