Instrument Rating Training in Orange County, CA
How to become an Instrument-Rated Pilot?
An Instrument Rating is probably the most complex of all pilot training but also the most rewarding. Let Advanced Charter Instruction LLC teach you the skills to fly safely solely by reference to instruments. Let us expand your aviation experience and broaden your aviation knowledge in the exciting field of instrument flight.
To be eligible for an Instrument Rating, you must hold at least a U.S or foreign ICAO Private Pilot certificate and a valid third (3rd) class medical. In addition, students will be required to pass an aeronautical knowledge test; and meet the flight proficiency and aeronautical experience in accordance with the instrument rating requirements.
40 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command (PIC).
*Receive and log flight training from a Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument (CFII) in the flight proficiency and aeronautical experience areas for the instrument-airplane rating.
Instrument training with a Certified Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) 10.0hrs in a FAA approved flight training device (FTD).
Ground instruction on the aeronautical knowledge areas for an instrument rating including the written test.
Approximately 2 hours Aircraft rental for the flight portion of the practical test (checkride).
*Based on the average student completion times. Individual student completion times for instrument rating training may vary, and additional training may be required.
†Fuel surcharges may apply. Prices are based on the average student completion times which meet or exceed the FAA minimum hour requirements. Individual
skills, weather, other factors may extend training. There is no guarantee in completion of training in
the minimum time required. Additional training time will result in extra costs, for which student
pilots will be responsible. Prices are subject to change without notice.
†Course price excludes the required medical certificate, pilot supplies (eg. headset and navigation materials),
knowledge tests, examiner fee, or any additional fees and/or taxes acquired during training.
Advanced Charter & Instruction is dedicated to helping you with your personal or professional career goals in aviation. Call us today and let Advanced Charter & Instruction create a custom flight program for you.
Frequently Asked Questions?
I just completed my Private Pilot certificate, can I start an instrument rating course?
Yes. The aeronautical experience for the instrument-airplane rating, part 61.65(d), requires the pilot to have 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command at the pre-test completion of the course. If you have none or some of this requirement we can design a course outline to incorporate training and time build; however, some time building will be required resulting in additional costs if you have less 40 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command.
What if I don't have the 40 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command time?
The aeronautical experience for an instrument rating, part 61.65(d), requires the pilot to have 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. We only suggest having 40 hours of previous cross-country as pilot in command flight experience to help accelerate your flight training as you will obtain the last 10 hours during flight training and would not require any additional costs for time building.
Can I start a home training course for the instrument rating?
Yes. It is actually recommended that you start a home study course to familiarize yourself with the knowledge areas required for an instrument rating. Some excellent books and videos are available online.
Once your course has begun, we will re-enforce what you have learned in our ground school sessions and during the pre/post flight discussions.
I have previous instrument training with another flight instructor, can I use some of the time?
Yes. All flight experience from an authorized FAA or military instructor is valid toward your flight experience requirement. However it is required per part 61.65(d)(2) for an instrument rating that a minimum of 15 hours of the total minimum 40 hours of flight training be from an authorized flight instructor who holds an instrument-airplane rating (CFII).
Have any other questions? Give Advanced Charter & Instruction a call today and talk directly with one of our Certified Flight Instructors.