One step further than the private pilot license is the Instrument rating. During the Private Pilot Course you learned about using the gauges and even had a little practice flying by instruments, but this rating takes you much deeper into that ability. By achieving your instrument rating you will be able to fly during inclement weather and cloud cover, all without needing to see outside of the aircraft.
FAR Part 61 requirements:
- Hold a valid private pilot certificate
- Be able to read, speak and understand the English language.
- Hold a third class airman's medical certificate
- A minimum of 30 hours of ground training
- Pass a written examination on aeronautical knowledge
- Pass a practical test on maneuvers and procedures
- Accumulate a minimum of 40 hours of instrument training from an instrument flight instructor.
- 1 cross country flight in simulated or actual instrument conditions, of 250 NM, with one segment being at least 100 NM; involving an instrument approach at each airport; and involving three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigational systems.
Cost Estimate Part 61*
40 Hours of Aircraft Rental
40 Hours of Flight Instruction
30 hours Ground Instruction
45 hours time building in Cessna 152 to meet 50 hour
cross country requirement
FAA Written Test
Practical Test Examiner Fee
Practical Test Aircraft Rental
*All numbers quoted meet the FAA minimum requirements. Students vary in their abilities and outside factors such as weather sometimes impact performance, thus the required standard of proficient may require more then minimum FAA requirements.