Instrument Pilot Program

Why Get an Instrument Rating

The two most significant benefits of the rating are a reduction in barriers created by the weather and an increase in comfort and competence when dealing with Air Traffic Control (ATC). Following closely in third place is an increased respect for the difficulties and challenges for flight in non-visual conditions, an aspect the FAA hopes will keep pilots from taking on more than they can safely handle. The most obvious benefit of an Instrument Rating is freedom from VFR restrictions. An Instrument Rating makes it possible to leave while other remain stuck on the ground, and perhaps even more important, to come home again without risk if the weather deteriorates in the interim.

Minimum Requirements for an Instrument Rating: (FAR 61.65)

  • 40 hours of Actual or Simulated Instrument Time
  • 15 hours with an Authorized Instrument Instructor (CFII)
  • 50 hours of Cross Country Time as Pilot in Command (10 of which must be in an airplane)
  • Pass an FAA Knowledge and Practical Exams

Estimated Costs

The cost of obtaining an Instrument Rating can vary depending on how often you fly and how quickly you master each subject. The figures below are estimates only and are based on 40 hours of aircraft rental including 30 hours dual instruction, 10 hours safety pilot time, and 15 hours ground instruction.

Cessna 172Cost
40 hours Aircraft Rental (including fuel)$5640
30 hour Flight Instruction$1470
15 hours Ground Instruction$600
Books & Supplies$200
FAA Knowledge Exam$165

Please Note:

15 hours of ground is estimated and varies with each individual.

A .2 for pre/post flight debriefings will be added to every instructional flight.
Due to the fact that medical exams and practical exams vary in price and are paid out of pocket directly to these individuals, these prices are not included in the above totals.
Sales tax is added to every solo (non-instructional) flight.