To be eligible for an Instrument Rating you must possess a Private Pilot certificate and have logged at least:
- 50 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command (of which 10 hours must have been in an airplane)
- 40 hours of simulated or actual instrument flight time (of which 15 hours must have been logged with an authorized instructor, or CFII)
The amount of time (and money) it will take you to earn the rating depends in part on how much experience you bring to the table. Our first meeting will include a thorough audit of your pilot logbook to assess the number of additional hours of training and flight time you will need to meet the requirements.
We use an Elite PI-135 BATD (basic aviation training device, a.k.a. “flight simulator”) for the first 10 hours of training, since the FAA allows us to log a maximum of 10 hours of instrument training using this device. Industry experience has proven such devices to be extremely effective tools for learning the essential skills needed to fly IFR. Plus, using our BATD can save you up to $1,000 on your instrument rating compared to doing all of the training in an airplane.
Students should purchase or download the following books and materials. Everything listed below is available at the Aircraft General Supply pilot shop on Saint John’s Bluff Road near Craig Airport, or online from any number of sources including Amazon.com. If you’re a returning student and already have some flight training materials, please talk to us before you buy anything else.
- A small notebook, pen and pencil
- A view limiting device (hood, Foggles, etc.)
- FAA Flight Training Handbooks — Instrument Flying Handbook and Instrument Procedures Handbook
- Gleim Instrument Rating Knowledge Test study guide (for the FAA written exam). You may also choose to do an online course or take advantage of a variety of apps available for this purpose.
- FAA Instrument Rating Airman Certification Standards (outline of what to expect on the practical test aka “check ride”)
- Current year edition of FAR/AIM, or digital equivalent (Federal Aviation Regulations and Aeronautical Information Manual).
You should also download the following prior to your first lesson:
- Instrument Rating Syllabus
- Holladay Aviation Aircraft Rental Agreement (must be signed and returned before your first lesson if you plan to use our aircraft)
- Cessna 172P Information Manual — this is a sample manual that you can use for learning about the systems and procedures for our Cessna 172P.
- Cessna 172P Checklist