The Instrument Flight Rating (IFR) is your second step in aviation. The ability to fly at night or 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.
Students must have 17 years old with a Private Pilot Certificate
Hold a 1st, 2nd , or 3rd Class FAA Medical (After US Arrival)
Be Able to Read, Write, and Speak English at ICAO level 4 standards
International Students will need an M-1 Student Visa & TSA clearance
Fill Out the Student Pilot Questionnaire
Imaging yourself getting paid by flying at 35,000 feet! Flying isn’t a difficult skill to learn
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.
Stage I Completion Standars: This stage is complete when the student can demonstrate precise airplane attitude control by instrument reference only. This will include the use of full and partial panel reference. In addition, the student will demonstrate accurate use of navigation systems by maintaining positional 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 is how the pros do it. When you are in an airbus at 35,000 there are no visual references making VFR flight impossible. Enroute 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 several 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 Frasca Mentor simulator also minimizes weather delays