Academic Catalog

Instrument Pilot Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 2 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
AVP 140Instrument Pilot I4
AVP 145Instrument Pilot II4
AVP 150Instrument Pilot III4
AVP 155Instrument Pilot IV4
AVP 160Instrument Pilot V4
AVP 170CAPInstrument Pilot VI4
 Technical Credits24

Instrument Pilot I

Item #
AVP 140
Total Credits
4

Introduces skills that will establish a strong foundation in basic attitude instrument flying and basic instrument navigation. 

Prerequisites
FAA Private Pilot Certificate. Instructor permission only.
CLOSE

Instrument Pilot II

Item #
AVP 145
Total Credits
4

Perform precision attitude instrument flight, including advanced navigation techniques and procedures. 

Prerequisites
AVP 140 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
CLOSE

Instrument Pilot III

Item #
AVP 150
Total Credits
4

Apply advanced navigation techniques and perform holding pattern entry procedures. 

Prerequisites
AVP 145 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
CLOSE

Instrument Pilot IV

Item #
AVP 155
Total Credits
4

Perform holding patterns and instrument approach procedures. 

Prerequisites
Grade of C or better in AVP 150 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
CLOSE

Instrument Pilot V

Item #
AVP 160
Total Credits
4

Perform cross-country flight using advanced navigation procedures. Use ATC communication procedures and conduct instrument departures, arrivals and approaches. 

Prerequisites
AVP 155 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
CLOSE

Instrument Pilot VI

Item #
AVP 170CAP
Total Credits
4

Acquire the flight and aeronautical knowledge proficiency required for the issuance of the FAA Instrument-Airplane Rating. 

Prerequisites
AVP 160 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
CLOSE
This page was last updated on August 06, 2015.