Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating

Why do I need an Instrument Rating?

An instrument rating will provide you with the training and skills required to fly under Instrument Flight rules (IFR). Instrument Flight Rules allow pilots to safely operate in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) or “in the clouds.” The ability to file IFR flight plans allows for a greater flexibility on cross-country flights. Due to the intense nature of instrument training, pilots will become more proficient and confident in their abilities

Basic Requirements

  • Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language
  • Hold a current FAA third-class medical certificate

The Instrument Rating Course includes:

25 hours of classroom instruction on the following aeronautical knowledge areas:

  • Federal Aviation Regulations for IFR Operations
  • Aeronutical Information Manual and Advisory Circulars
  • Aeronautical charts for IFR Navigation
  • Air traffic control system and procedures
  • Procurement and use of aviation weather report and forecasts
  • Forecasting weather trends
  • Recognition of critical weather situations and windshear avoidance
  • Safe and efficient operation of aircraft under IFR
  • Aeronautical Decisiom-Making (ADM)
  • Single-pilot Resource Management (SRM)

Estimated Cost

Dual Instruction 35 Hours $6,090
Pre/Post Flight Briefing $500
*Jeppesen Ground School $259 + Tax
Pilot Supplies $150
FAA Knowledge Test $150
FAA Practical Test with Plane $750
TOTAL $7,899

* Inst./Commercial Part141 Kit $304.95
** Prices subject to change without notice.

It is important to understand that the time requirements established by the FAA are absolute minimums. While it is possible to complete the course close to the FAA minimum of 35 hours, this can only be done under the most ideal circumstances.

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If you are interested in enrolling or would like to find out our more information about this course please complete a Student Application and e-mail it to fly@rickaviation.com

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