When a pilot decides it’s time to take it to the next level both in precision flying and professionalism, the Instrument Rating is a great next step. As a private pilot, you are restricted to flying only under Visual Flight Rules (VFR), requiring certain minimum visibility and cloud clearance requirements. With an instrument rating, you can legally fly through clouds and in low visibility. This adds tremendous utility to your pilot certificate because it is usable in a wider variety of flight conditions. At FlightGest, our instructors and fleet of Technically Advanced Aircraft used in conjunction with our RedBird Simulator (AATD) can help you obtain your Instrument Rating at a very reasonable cost. When you’re ready to take your flying to a new level of professionalism by getting your instrument rating, give us a call at 919-840-4444.
Aeronautical Experience Requirements
Aeronautical experience for the instrument-airplane rating. A person who applies for an instrument-airplane rating must have logged:
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (g) of this section, 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which 10 hours must have been in an airplane; and
(2) Forty hours of actual or simulated instrument time in the areas of operation listed in paragraph (c) of this section, of which 15 hours must have been received from an authorized instructor who holds an instrument-airplane rating, and the instrument time includes:
(i) Three hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in an airplane that is appropriate to the instrument-airplane rating within 2 calendar months before the date of the practical test; and
(ii) Instrument flight training on cross country flight procedures, including one cross country flight in an airplane with an authorized instructor, that is performed under instrument flight rules, when a flight plan has been filed with an air traffic control facility, and that involves—
(A) A flight of 250 nautical miles along airways or by directed routing from an air traffic control facility;
(B) An instrument approach at each airport; and
(C) Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems.