Instrument Rating

Hello, Clouds!

The instrument rating is one of the most grueling and intense training experiences that any pilot will undergo. It is arguably the hardest rating to attain due to the complexities of aircraft systems and the uncompromising demand for proficiency and precision in your flying. However, it is these factors that make instrument training essential. Not only does it dramatically improve safety and piloting skill, it also opens the door to more options for flying. Low ceilings are no longer prohibitive, provided that your instructor provides you with the right training. That’s where I come in.

The FAA requires at least 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, with 15 of those hours being with an instructor. Also, 20 of those hours may be credited from the use of an authorized training device. My training program strategically utilizes authorized training devices to prepare you for more training in the aircraft, saving each client money and also provides more in-depth training.

How Much Does It Cost?

It is difficult to estimate the cost of an instrument rating, but on average, it is at or near the cost of your initial private pilot training. While it is an expense, no doubt, it is also an investment in your piloting skill, and in safety. Becoming an instrument rated pilot will further enhance your flying abilities, and allow you to participate in the ultimate experience: soaring above the clouds (and through them!).


Training Process

Simulator Training
Your first few hours of instrument training begin on an approved training device. Utilizing this highly effective tool, you will learn how the instruments on your aircraft work, and learn the all important instrument scanning technique. You will also understand failure modes, learn emergency procedures, and prepare for an intense flight training regime. We will also use this time to prepare  you for the Knowledge Test.
Flight Training
Say goodbye to being able to look out the cockpit window (for a time). This is where the fun really begins. Your aircraft training will require the use of a VLD (view limiting device), which is designed to restrict your ability to look outside the cockpit windows to simulate what it’s really like being in the clouds. Remember all of the simulator training? This is where you will truly see the value. Instead of focusing on learning the instruments, you’ll now focus on perfecting your ability to fly instrument approaches in various real-world conditions. This will prepare you for the Practical Examination (or “checkride”).
After the many hours of hard work, which on average is about 60 hours of training and experience, you’re ready for the final challenge: the Practical Examination. But, don’t worry: you’ll be ready. I’ll make sure of it. And after you pass, you’ll be granted an instrument rating, and the clouds will finally be home!