Instrument Rating

FAA Part 61 – Instrument Rating

Once you earn your pilot certificate, the adventure has just begun. The FAA Instrument Rating (IR) course is designed for pilots who wish to fly without visual reference to the ground. This rating allows pilots to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

FAA IR Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold at least a current FAA Private pilots certificate
  • Hold at least a current FAA Class III medical certificate
  • Pass a written multiple choice exam with a score of 70% or greater
  • Pass an oral and flight test on procedures and maneuvers selected by an FAA Examiner
  • Have logged at least 50 hours as pilot in command of cross country flights (>50nm from base)

Course Overview

  • 40 hours of instrument flight time (either in a plane or simulator)
  • 15 hours under flight instruction
  • 10 hours of ground instruction covering pre and post flight briefings
  • Undertake a cross country flight of at least 250nm with 3 instrument approaches

Course Duration

Based on a full time course, a novice will need 3-4 weeks to complete depending on the individuals experience and preparation for the course.

Study Materials

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