• Becoming a Private Pilot

Expanding with Your Instrument Rating

Obtaining the instrument rating is said to be one of the more challenging, but worthwhile, aviation goals. Instrument training will make you a more precise and safe pilot. If your goal is fly for hire, or in less-than-ideal weather, this rating is for you!

PRIVILEGES AND LIMITATIONS OF AN Instrument PILOT

  • Takeoff, fly through, and land during periods of poor visibility or extensive cloud cover
  • Conduct any flight, but especially cross country flights, with an increased margin of safety and peace-of-mind
  • Fly at any altitude
  • Conduct international operations more efficiently
  • Be paid or compensated to fly (except under very limited circumstances)
  • Fly any airplane with jet engines, or with a takeoff weight of more than 12,500 lbs

Requirements and Prerequisites

  1. Present a copy of your unexpired U.S. passport OR government issued photo identification AND birth certificate in order to verify U.S. citizenship
  2. Request your New Pilot/Customer information sheet (we can provide this in hard copy or e-mail)
  3. Must possess a private pilot certificate
  4. Must be proficient in the English language (contact us for more information)

Training

For the Instrument rating, the Federal Aviation Administration requires the following:

  • 50 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC.
    Note: You do not need to have 50 hours cross-country to begin training, but must have 50 by the time you sit for the practical test. That is, much of your Instrument training with us can include cross country time to fulfill this requirement.
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, to include:

    • 15 hours with a Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFI-I)
    • 3 hours in preparation for the practical test with a CFI-I
    • One, long cross-country flight with a CFI-I conducted under IFR that is at least 250 nautical miles total distance, with three different kinds of approaches and three separate airports.

Note that the above hours are MINIMUMS, and that most individuals take considerably more time to complete their Instrument rating.

Costs

The cost of flight training can and will vary slightly from person to person, but below is OUR best estimate of what it’ll cost you to get your instrument pilot rating, using our instructors and equipment:

Instrument Pilot Certificate Costs (Minimum)
FTX Aviation Rate Hours Price
Airplane rental (Piper Tomahawk PA-38)* $93/hour 40 hours $3,740
Instructor Fees $60/hour 40 hours $900
FAA Written Test $165**
Book, Charts, and Study Materials $150
Practical Test Fee $500
Total $5,455
* Airplane rental rate varies based on current fuel prices
** Payable directly to an FAA testing center
Instrument Pilot Certificate Costs (Reasonable)
FTX Aviation Rate Hours Price
Airplane rental (Piper Tomahawk PA-38)* $93/hour 40 hours $5,580
Instructor Fees $60/hour 40 hours $2,000
FAA Written Test $165**
Book, Charts, and Study Materials $150
Practical Test Fee $500
Total $8,395