Instrument Rating

A person who applies for an instrument rating must:

  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane appropriate to the instrument rating sought.
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

You must have logged the following:

  • At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.
  • A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c).
  • At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.

Course duration

Based on a full time course, a Private Pilot will need 4-5 weeks to complete depending on the individuals experience and preparation for the course.


Global Pilot School Certified Simulator

CESSNA 150/152

150/152Hours/Price
Dual 150/15230
Flight Simulator10
Ground Training20
All Training Literature & Tests
Total Cost$8,250

PIPER PA28

PA-28Hours/Price
Dual PA2830
Flight Simulator10
Ground Training20
All Training Literature & Tests
Total Cost$8,650

CESSNA 172

CESSNA 172Hours/Price
Dual 17230
Flight Simulator10
Ground Training20
All Training Literature & Tests
Total Cost$9,050