The Instrument Rating is added to either a private or commercial pilot certificate. It allows the holder to fly in clouds and weather, navigating and controlling the aircraft exclusively by reference to the aircraft flight instruments.
Content includes basic attitude instrument flying, advanced radio navigation, instrument approaches and cross-country flight.
Employability Requirements: To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and a flight test, and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.
Prerequisites: Must be at least 17 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards and possess an FAA private pilot certificate or FAA commercial certificate. Second class FAA medical certificate required prior to the first day of class. Please contact instructor for details.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. Contact instructor for details.
FAA minimum flight and ground hours required for certification.
Please note that many students need additional training hours to master the required competencies.
Instrument Pilot: 35 hours total flight time, all of which is dual instruction. Ground training required is 30 hours. Pre and post flight briefings time—7 hours.
Industry average flight time is 40-45 hours for Instrument Pilot Certification is 40-45 hours.
Optional Elective Courses
AVP 152, Instrument Pilot Practical Test Standards III
AVP 172, Instrument Pilot Practical Test Standards IV
Note: Students often complete their program requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities and the availability of aircraft and suitable weather. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all of the requirements may exceed those listed above in some cases.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|AVP 140||Instrument Pilot I||4|
|AVP 145||Instrument Pilot II||4|
|AVP 150||Instrument Pilot III||4|
|AVP 155||Instrument Pilot IV||4|
|AVP 160||Instrument Pilot V||4|
|AVP 170CAP||Instrument Pilot VI||4|
Introduces skills that will establish a strong foundation in basic attitude instrument flying and basic instrument navigation.
Perform precision attitude instrument flight, including advanced navigation techniques and procedures.
Apply advanced navigation techniques and perform holding pattern entry procedures.
Perform holding patterns and instrument approach procedures.
Perform cross-country flight using advanced navigation procedures. Use ATC communication procedures and conduct instrument departures, arrivals and approaches.
Acquire the flight and aeronautical knowledge proficiency required for the issuance of the FAA Instrument-Airplane Rating.