Getting Your Instrument Rating
An instrument rating is an advanced rating that allows a private or commercial pilot to operate under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). In IFR training, you will learn to navigate and control an aircraft using instruments only. The addition of an instrument rating will improve your flying skills and will add the flexibility of legally engaging in flights that may start or worsen into IFR weather conditions.
Before enrolling in training for this rating, we recommend that you have a total of 100 hours of pilot experience and 40 hours of cross–country time as pilot in command.
Springs Aviation has a CATII Aircraft Training Device (i.e. flight simulator) that is available for your training. You may use the CATII ATD for (up to) 10 hrs of training towards the 40 hrs of required instrument experience. Using the CATII ATD can amount to significant savings over actual flight time.
Certification requires passing both a written (70%) and practical test (to FAA Practical Test Standards). The specific requirements to be completed in training prior to the FAA practical exam are listed below.
Prerequisite: Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot certificate.
* As is the norm, we recommend that the Instrument Rating be completed before enrolling in Commercial Pilot training
Instrument Pilot Requirements for Practical Exam To qualify, you must:
-Hold a current private pilot certificate with an
-Read, Speak, Write, Understand English (unless
-Have received/logged ground training and flight
training (per 61.65(c)) from an authorized flight
-Pass the Knowledge test (written exam)
-Have logbook endorsements for practical test
-Have minimum of aeronautical experience including:
-50 Hrs Cross-country as pilot in command
-40 Hrs of actual/simulated instrument time, which must include:
--15 Hrs of instrument flight training from CFI/CFII,
3 Hrs of which must havebeen performed within
60 days preceding the practical test (check-ride)
--Instrument Cross-Country, distance of 250
nautical miles, performing 3 different kinds of
instrument approaches, and an instrument
approach at each airport