Instrument Rating


  • Hold a current private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Hold a third class medical certificate
  • Pass the written exam
  • Pass the oral and practical exam


Hours Needed:

  • Have logged at least 50 hours cross-country flight time as Pilot in command
    of which at least 10 hours must be in airplanes.
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument total flight
  • 20 hours of instrument flight training (dual) in airplane including
    • 3 hours flight training within 60 days before check-ride
    • 1 cross-country in airplane under IFR with
      • a distance of at least 250 nm along airways
      • an instrument approach at each airport
      • 3 different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems
    • 20 hours may be performed in a simulator

Estimated Cost in a Cessna 150/152 or Piper Tomahawk:

The minimum flight requirement is 40 hours. Our students will typically get their licenses after 45 to 50 hours (the national average is 55 hours).

Dual Instruction $100/hr
Ground $45/hr


Cost with Flight Simulator Cost without Flight Simulator
20 hours flight training    $2,000  40 hours flight instruction $4,000
25 hours simulator    $2,500  40 hours ground  $1,800
40 hours ground    $1,800  Books  $100
Books    $100  Testing Fees  $800
Testing Fees    $800
TOTAL $7,200  TOTAL $6,700


*Tests fees include: written test and check-ride.
**Add $ 50 per month to keep the member rate.

Prices may vary following student’s capabilities.


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