Instrument Rating

The Instrument Flight Rating (IFR) is your second step in aviation. The ability to fly through the clouds, at night, and in poor weather opens many opportunities for longer and more varied flights. The knowledge gained from being able to fly an aircraft solely with instruments adds confidence and ability to your growing experience. This training will make you a strong and more confident pilot.

Age Requirements

Students must have 17 years old with a Private Pilot Certificate

Health Condition

Hold a 1st, 2nd , or 3rd Class FAA Medical (After US Arrival)

English Level

Be Able to Read, Write, and Speak English at ICAO level 4 standards

Foreign Students

International Students will need an M-1 Student Visa & TSA clearance

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Imagine yourself getting paid by flying at 35,000 feet! Flying is not a difficult skill to learn.


Training Structure

Stage I Objectives: The emphasis of Stage I is on IFR flight operations. The student will learn precise airplane attitude control by instrument reference. Additionally, the student will gain greater competence in the use of navigation systems through instrument scanning techniques. 

Stage I Completion Standards: This stage is complete when the student can demonstrate precise airplane attitude control solely by reference to the instruments. This will include the use of full and partial panel maneuvers and approaches to the airport. In addition, the student will demonstrate accurate use of navigation systems by maintaining positional and situational awareness at all times.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Why should I get an instrument rating?

You already know how to fly, but that is just the beginning. If you are looking forward to a career in aviation instrument flying, this is how the pros do it. When you are in an airbus at 35,000 there are no visual references making VFR flight impossible. En route flight and instrument approaches is how you safely get from point A-B and land on the numbers. For hobbyist the added safety and confidence of being able to get through that unexpected weather or schedule slip that has you flying at night is priceless.

How long will it take to get my Instrument Rating?

Our fastest student can complete the training within a month, but usually it takes 2-3 months. It can take up to a year for part-time students.. When you reach Instrument training students already know how to fly. It is just more technical. This leads to less additional training and more on time completions. Taking advantage of our Redbird and Frasca Mentor simulators also minimizes weather delays.


  • Part 61 IFR Rating

This includes all courses, materials, flight time, and fuel. Written and Practical Exams are not included. Final amount varies based on the individual and enviroment.

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