For many pilots, a private pilot license is sufficient for their needs. It allows them to fly under visual flight rules (VFR) in clear weather conditions with certain visibility requirements.
To operate an aircraft under any other conditions, the pilot must be instrument rated.
The prerequisites for instrument rating are shown to the right and include holding a private pilot license. Once you have achieved this milestone, look at the list to the right to see what the requirements are for obtaining your instrument rating.
Taken from 14 CFR 61.65 – Aeronautical Experience
⬜ Minimum of private pilot certificate and third-class medical (or greater)
⬜ Read, speak, write, and understand English
⬜ 70% or better score on FAA instrument pilot knowledge test
Minimum Aeronautical Experience
⬜ 50 hours of cross country flight time as PIC
⬜ 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time that includes at least –
⬜ 15 hours of dual training with an authorized instructor (CFII)
⬜ An approved basic aviation training device (BATD) may be used to log a maximum of 10 hours of dual training towards the rating. An approved advanced aviation training device (AATD) may be used to log a maximum of 20 hours of dual training towards the rating.
⬜ Must make at least one cross-country flight performed under IFR at least 250 NM along airways or ATC-directed routing and includes an instrument approach at each airport, performing a total of three different kinds of instrument approaches.
⬜ 3 hours of practical test prep flights within the preceding 2 calendar months with a CFII
Instrument Rating Package
Students choose whether they want to train under Part 61 or Part 141. Our instrument training course is aircraft intensive.