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Requirements for Obtaining Your Instrument Rating


 

1.       Hold at least a private pilot certificate.

2.       Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.

3.       Hold a current FAA medical certificate.

4.       Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course on the following subjects:

a.       FARs

b.       IFR-related items in the AIM

c.       ATC system and procedures

d.       IFR navigation

e.       Use of IFR charts

f.        Aviation weather

g.       Operating under IFR

h.       Recognition of critical weather

i.         Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)

j.        Crew Resource Management (CRM)

5.       Pass the FAA instrument rating knowledge test with a score of 70% or better.

6.       Accumulate flight experience (FAR 61.65):

a.       50 hr. of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which at least 10 hr. must be in airplanes:

1.       The 50 hr. includes solo cross-country time as a student pilot, which is logged as pilot-in-command time.

2.       Each cross-country must have a landing at an airport that was at least a straight-line distance of more than 50 NM from the original departure point.

b.       A total of 40 hr. of actual or simulated instrument time in the areas of operation listed in 7. below, including:

1.       15 hr. of instrument flight training from a CFII (CFII is an instructor who is authorized to give instrument instruction) days preceding the practical test

2.       Cross-country flight procedures that include at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under IFR and consists of:

a.       A distance of at least 250 NM along airways or ATC-directed routing

b.       An instrument approach at each airport

c.       Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems

c.       If the instrument training was provided by a CFII, a maximum of 20hr. may be accomplished in an approved flight simulator or flight training device.

7.       Demonstrate flight proficiency (FAR 61.65). You must receive and log training, as well as obtain a logbook sign-off (endorsement) from your CFII on the following areas of operation:

a.       Preflight preparation

b.       Preflight procedures

c.       Air traffic control clearances and procedures

d.       Flight by reference to instruments

e.       Navigation systems

f.        Instrument approach procedures

g.       Emergency operations

h.       Postflight procedures

8.       Successfully complete the instrument rating practical test, which will be conducted as specified in FAA Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards.

 

Lesson

Topic

Lesson

Topic

 

Stage One

 

Stage Two

1

Attitude Instrument Flying

14

VOR Holding

2

Instrument Takeoff/Steep Turns/

Airspeed Changes

15

GPS/ADF Holding

3

Rate Climbs/Descents, Timed Turns/Magnetic Compass Turns

16

Localizer Holding

 

4

Partial Panel Flying

17

DME/Intersection Holding

 

5

Attitude Instrument Flying (Review)

18

VOR Approaches

 

6

Partial Panel (Review)

19

GPS/NDB Approaches

 

7

Basic Instrument Flight Patterns

20

Localizer Approaches

 

8

VOR/VORTAC Procedures

21

ILS Approaches

 

9

VOR Time/Distance; DME Arcs

22

Instrument Approaches (Review)

 

10

GPS/ADF Procedures

23

Stage Two Check

 

11

GPS and ADF Time/Distance

 

 

 

12

Localizer Tracking

 

 

 

   13

Stage One Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson

Topic

 

Stage Three

24

Cross Country/Emergency Procedures

25

IFR Cross Country

26

IFR Cross Country

27

IFR Maneuvers Review

28

Stage Three Check

Instrument Training Estimate

Item

Hours

Rate

Amount

Charts     25
Ground Instruction 25 $30 / hr 900
Flight Instruction 40 $39 / hr 1800
Aircraft Rental 40 $110 / hr 4400
Knowledge Test Fee     100
Practical Test Fee     300
Aircraft Rental - Practical Test 2 $110 / hr 220
       
Total     $7,725


 

 

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