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Instrument Rating

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The Instrument Rating allows a private pilot to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions, or IMC. That means flying in the clouds, or any time the aircraft must be flown solely by reference to instruments. All Instrument flight training is conducted in a Cirrus SR22T aircraft, equipped with Auto-Pilot and Flight Director.
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The requirements

The FAA requirements to obtain an Instrument Rating after earning your Private Pilot License are:
  • 15 hours of flight training with a Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII)
  • 50 total hours of cross country flight time, which you can attain on your own time
  • Pass an FAA written exam
  • Pass an Oral exam and flight test with an FAA Designated Examiner
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The Syllabus

Instruction occurs in three- to four-hour blocks that include:
One hour pre-flight
ground school
Flight instruction
Two and a half hours of flight instruction, all in a Cirrus SR22T aircraft
Half hour post-flight debriefing

Course topics

  • Advanced weather instruction
  • FAA regulations
  • Reading and understanding Approach Charts
  • Interpreting Low Enroute Charts
  • Navigation and Holding Patterns
  • Auto-pilot usage
  • Interpreting and using a Flight Director, and
  • Understanding GPS Navigation.
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