Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating

 

As a pilot, the mastery of aircraft instruments is crucial to navigating in adverse conditions. An instrument rating will represent your professional ability to function and control an air vessel, even in the circumstance of limited to zero visibility. This training will develop your aptitude to operate an aircraft utilizing only the instrumentation of the aircraft. The obvious benefits of such a rating include professional repute, and will also testify to your faculty, safety and aptitude as a pilot. Some state that this rating will qualify you for greater career opportunities, reduced insurance rates, and unrestricted commercial certification. This type of rating is almost critical to aviators who intend to operate in coastal areas, and under conditions of severe climes and climates.

 

There are some requirements you must possess in accordance with 14 CFR 61.65. The requirements are as follow:

 

  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Pass the required knowledge test in the areas listed in 61.65(b)
  • Receive training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of 61.65(d)
  • Pass the practical test on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c)

An estimated cost to obtain an Instrument Rating in accordance with the CFRs follows:

 

Cost/Hour

Estimated Hours

Total Cost

Cessna 172

 $115.00

20

 $2,300.00

Red Bird SD Simulator

 $80.00

20

 $1,600.00

Instructor

 $60.00

30

 $1,800.00

Ground

 $60.00

15

 $900.00

Phase Checks

 $65.00

3

 $195.00

  

 

Approximate Cost:

 $6,795.00

*Tax not included in estimate  

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