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Instrument Rating

General Requirements:
1. Hold at least a private pilot certificate. 2. Be able to read, speak and understand the English language. 3. Obtain at least a current third-class FAA medical certificate or BasicMed 4. Pass the FAA written knowledge test as well as the FAA practical flight test.
Flight Requirements:
1. At least 50 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command.
2. Minimum of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time:
At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized flight instructor;
One cross country flight in in airplane that is performed under IFR conditions
3. A total of 10 hours may be in an approved simulator.
Note: 15 hours of instrument flight instruction by an authorized instructor is the minimum set by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Most pilots will require more flight time to be prepared for the practical test.

This is an estimated cost only, the actual amount varies with each pilot and the amount of time they have already that will count towards this rating. Prices are subject to change and may not reflect the current cost of flight instruction, aircraft rental, materials and exams.
Aircraft Rental (Cessna 172) - 45 Hours @ 115.00/hr                                                                     5175.00

Instructor Time (includes flight and ground time) - 60 hours @ 40.00/hr                                         

Training Materials (tax included)


FAA Written Exam (average)


FAA Flight Test (Includes Aircraft)




Approximate Total Cost


*Actual cost may vary. Some pilots spend more time then the minimum amount of time flying. Rates of the Aircraft and rate of the instructor may increase without notice.