With an Instrument Rating a private or commercial pilot may operate under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). In IFR training at Springs Aviation, pilots will learn to navigate and control an aircraft using only cockpit instruments. The addition of an instrument rating will improve flying skills and will add the flexibility of legally engaging in flights that may start or worsen into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) or low-visibility weather.
Before enrolling in training for this rating, we recommend that you have a total of 100 hours of pilot experience. This isn’t a requirement.
Instrument Rating Requirements
Instrument Pilot Applicants must hold a current Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot certificate.
* As is the norm, we recommend that the Instrument Rating be completed before enrolling in Commercial Pilot training
Acquiring this rating requires passing both a written (70%) and practical test (to FAA Practical Test Standards).
Applicants must also:
- Read, Speak, Write, Understand English (unless
- Have received/logged ground training and flight training (per 61.65(c)) from an authorized flight instructor.
- Pass the Knowledge test (written exam)
- Have logbook endorsements for practical test
Training Tips from the Pros
Don’t be like that guy who keeps setting up for a five mile final—there he is again! What are you DOING?!
You know how to do a PO180 in a low wing?
Drop a brick out the pilot’s window and chase it.