IR - Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating refers to the qualifications that is required in order to fly according to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Instrument rating is a must if you want to become a professional pilot and fly for long distances as a private pilot. 

Course entry requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Third class medical certificate
  • At least PPL (A) (Private Pilot License)
  • English language skills

Privileges

The privileges of a holder of an IR are to fly aircraft under IFR with a minimum decision height of 200 feet (60 m). 

Subsidized iPad

Flying Academy is giving the opportunity to all trainees starting the Instrument Rating training to buy a subsidized iPad Mini 4G+WiFi for just 270 USD + tax. The purpose of the iPad is to be used primarily for studying, as materials are sent wirelessly to the trainee’s iPad, but also as an aid in the flight training, by using the electronic charts, POHs etc.

Ground training

The applicant has to go through ground training covering:

  • Air law
  • Instrumentation
  • Flight planning & monitoring
  • Human performance & limitations
  • Meteorology
  • Radio navigation
  • Communications

Course duration

The module course covers at least 200 hours of self-study and class sessions (for Part 141).

Flight training

Basic instrument flight module:

  • Basic instrument flight without external visual cues (horizontal flights, climbing, descending, turns in level flight, climbing, descending)
  • Instrument pattern
  • Steep turn
  • Radio navigation
  • Recovery from unusual attitudes
  • Partial panel
  • Recognition and recovery from incipient and full stalls

Procedural instrument flight module:

  • Pre-flight procedures for IFR flights, including the use of the flight manual and appropriate air traffic services documents in the preparation of an IFR flight plan
  • Procedure and maneuvers for IFR operation under normal, abnormal and emergency conditions
  • transition from visual to instrument flight on take off
  • standard instrument departures and arrivals
  • en route IFR procedures
  • holding procedures
  • instrument approaches to specified minima
  • missed approach procedures
  • landings from instrument approaches, including circling
  • In flight maneuvers and particular flight characteristics

Flight Training for FAA Part 141 IR(A)

Duration

Description

35 hours

Flight training in which all instrument procedures will be covered with an instructor (holds, tracking, shooting approaches, communication procedures,etc.)

Plus extra minimum of 1 hour for final check ride with FAA Examiner

Flight Training for FAA Part 61 IR(A)

Duration

Description

40 hours

Flight training in which all instrument procedures will be covered with an instructor (holds, tracking, shooting approaches, communication procedures,etc.)

50 hours

Cross-country flight time as pilot in command

Plus extra minimum of 1 hour for final check ride with CAA evaluator

Examination - Written Test

The applicant has to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge at an FAA approved testing center in the form of a written test. The test consists of nine subjects (Meteorology, Navigation, Instrumentation, Communications, Aircraft General Knowledge, Principles of flight, Air Law, Flight performance and planning, Human Performance and limitations, Operational procedures).

The applicant must pass the written exam witha minimum of 70% which is still a passing score. One must complete and successfully pass the written exam prior to taking the theoretical/practical examination.

Examination – Practical

The applicant must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Operate the airplane within its limitations
  • Complete all maneuvers with smoothness and accuracy
  • Exercise good judgment and airmanship
  • Apply aeronautical knowledge
  • Maintain control of the airplane at all times

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Fee IR(A) 141

The price includes all components needed for being able to comply with the IR(A) issuance requirements.

DescriptionQuantityUnit price USDTotal USD
Aircraft Piper Warrior (IFR, ADS-B & Garmin G530 - 4 seater)351174 095
Flight Instructor35491 715
Ground training11 4701 470
Total USD7 280

No taxes are applied for pilot training in Florida.  

The FAA IR(A) program fee covers the following items and services: 

  • Flight Instructor time for ground & practical training 
  • Airplane usage, including fuel. We don't apply any fuel surchage! 
  • Subsidized iPad mini 4G + WiFi for $179 
  • Bonus - account for Rocket Route flight planning services - valued $300/year

*All training fees are bound to the actual exchange rates of the local currency of the Flying Academy base where the training or a part of the training is provided. 

Upgrades

We offer the opportunity to upgrade for different aircraft during the Instrument Rating training. Below you can find training fee difference that will be charged on a top of standard offer.

DescriptionQuantityUnit price USDTotal USD
Aircraft Cessna 172R (IFR, KLN94 - 4 seater)3500
Aircraft Cessna172SP Garmin 1000 (IFR, Glass cockpit - 4 seater)35341 190
Aircraft Piper Arrow (IFR, Garmin G430 - 4 seater)3526910

Fee IR(A) 61

The price includes all components needed for being able to comply with the IR(A) issuance requirements.

DescriptionQuantityUnit price USDTotal USD
Aircraft Piper Warrior (IFR, ADS-B & Garmin G530 - 4 seater)401174 680
Flight Instructor2049980
Ground training11 4701 470
Total USD7 130

No taxes are applied for pilot training in Florida. 

The FAA IR(A) program fee covers the following items and services: 

  • Flight Instructor time for ground & practical training 
  • Airplane usage, including fuel. We don't apply any fuel surchage! 
  • Subsidized iPad mini 4G + WiFi for $179 
  • Bonus - account for Rocket Route flight planning services - valued $300/year

*All training fees are bound to the actual exchange rates of the local currency of the Flying Academy base where the training or a part of the training is provided.

Upgrades

We offer the opportunity to upgrade for different aircraft during the Instrument Rating training. Below you can find training fee difference that will be charged on a top of standard offer.

DescriptionQuantityUnit price USDTotal USD
Aircraft Cessna 172R (IFR, KLN94 - 4 seater)4000
Aircraft Cessna172SP Garmin 1000 (IFR, Glass cockpit - 4 seater)40341 360
Aircraft Piper Arrow (IFR, Garmin G430 - 4 seater)40261 040
 

Duration

The IR(A) can be obtained in a range period starting from two months depending on the trainees time availability for both theoretical (Part 141) and practical training. For detailed information and tailor made course offer don’t hesitate to contact us.

International students

Flying Academy is able to provide the needed documentation for non US citizens to be able to enrol in flight training courses in the USA.

For complete information about the US Visa process, please visit the US visas and International students pages.

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