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Instrument Rating

Earning Your License

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.

The 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

  1. Instrument scanning, interpretation, and airplane control
  2. Radio and GPS navigation
  3. Holding patterns
  4. Instrument approaches
  5. Cross-country flying
  6. Review for the FAA written test
  7. Review for the FAA checkride

How Much Does it Cost?

$10,242.13

*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

Few students complete their training at the FAA minimum hours. Your hours will vary based on your skills, frequency of flight and effort in studying the materials.

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