The Instrument Rating allows a private pilot to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions, or IMC. That means flying in the clouds, or any time the aircraft must be flown solely by reference to instruments. All Instrument flight training is conducted in a Cirrus SR20 or SR22 aircraft, equipped with Auto-Pilot and Flight Director.
The FAA requirements to obtain an Instrument Rating after earning your Private Pilot License are:
- 15 hours of flight training with a Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII);
- 50 total hours of cross country flight time, which you can attain on your own time;
- pass an FAA written exam;
- pass an Oral exam and flight test with an FAA Designated Examiner.
Instruction occurs in three- to four-hour blocks that include:
- One hour pre-flight ground school;
- Two and a half hours of flight instruction, all in a Cirrus SR20 aircraft;
- Half hour post-flight debriefing.
Topics covered include:
- Advanced weather instruction;
- FAA regulations;
- Reading and understanding Approach Charts;
- Interpreting Low Enroute Charts;
- Navigation and Holding Patterns;
- Auto-pilot usage;
- Interpreting and using a Flight Director; and
- Understanding GPS Navigation.
THE AIRLINE TRAINING METHOD
At Elite Flight Training you’ll learn from the best. Our instructors are former airline pilots who utilize airline training procedures and methods, which produce the most knowledgeable, skilled and safe pilots in the world. The airline training method, simplified and streamlined, is made available to you, to make you the best Instrument pilot you can be.