Instrument Rating School: IFR Training to certification
Instrument Rating Requirements:
Hold at least a private pilot certificate
Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
Have at least a 3rd class Medical Certificate or Basic Medical
Log at least 50 hours of cross-country time as PILOT IN COMMAND (PIC)
Log at least 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time
At least 15 hours of instrument IFR flight training
At least 3 hours in preparation for the Instrument Rating IFR Practical (flight) Test.
One cross-country flight under IFR, distance of at least 250 NM
Pass a Knowledge (written) and Practical (flight) Test
Do you have any IFR instrument rating raining packages?
Yes we do! Our flight club membership qualifies you for the package rates. Reduce the cost of your instrument rating.
Choose from the package that suits you best and become a flight club member. Enjoy the lowest rates and free simulator use!
It's very easy to get started, your low cost membership allows you to get started right away.
There is no need for large payments up front!
Flight Academy IFR Training without the high academy pricesIFR Instrument Rating training cost approximation:
35 hours C172N/P ($155/hr)
5 hours of BATD/IFR procedure trainer test prep ($69/hr, included)
10 hours of IFR BATD FAA approved simulator training ($69/hr)
15 hours of CFI sim / ground training ($80/hr, included)
45 hours of CFI pre-flight, flight and post-flight instruction, ($80/hr)
Total of $9,715
Full payment up front is NOT required. Pay in blocks and fly off your flight account.
Cancellation / Termination:
Terminate at any time at your own option and receive a refund except for the included simulator and CFI hours, these will be charged at the rates mentioned above on early termination.
Books ($250) / Videos (optional, $280) and materials. charts etc.
Any and all testing fees, medical fee, FAA flight test ($800 at this time), aircraft rental for the flight test (approx $310). Additional ground or flight instruction needed to meet proficiency is not included, charged at the rates in effect at the time. The above total is based on current rates, subject to availability of aircraft / instructor / examiner.
Full time training days, up to three sessions (flight / simulator) per day.
Morning / Mid Day / Evening sessions. Night training on a minimum of three days.
Weather and airport delays are possible, as well as COVID and other health impacts beyond our control.
Knowledge Test passed. All assigned homework completed.
Medical Exam (required):
If you do not already have this, we require that you obtain this exam before the training starts to avoid potential delays for unexpected reasons.
Knowledge Test (required):
We require that you start and mostly complete the knowledge test before the actual instrument rating IFR flight training. This is not necessary for part time training but essential for full time students.
Final Flight Test (schedule required):
It is possible that no flight test appointments are available in certain weeks, you need to plan ahead at least 4 weeks for this.
TSA authorization (for non-USA citizens):
In case you are not a US citizen, the US government agency TSA requires additional processing. This has to be accomplished before the training can start.
IFR Instrument Rating Accelerated and finish up 5 to 10 day schedule
IFR Instrument Rating part time 3 weeks to 6 weeks
Prepare for your instrument rating IFR training:
Starting IFR flight training:
You can start your IFR training with us anytime but we need advance notice to arrange your schedule.
IFR instrument rating accelerated flight training courses compress all lessons into a few weeks rather than months, keep in mind that your required preparation for the course is considerable.
The Do's and Don'ts of IFR flight training
Some of the things you (the student) will have to accomplish before arriving for IFR training:
- Pass your FAA Knowledge Test before you start accelerated training.
- Get a freee account on www.faasafety.gov and look at the free online courses
- Get your FAA medical certificate if you do not already have this.
- Complete our homework assignments including aircraft manual quizzes and flight plan assignments
- Study our maneuver guide and review the FAA ACS Airmen Testing Standards
- Review our checklists and procedure guides
- Don't show up unprepared to any of the IFR instrument rating flight training sessions
- Don't make your schedule unrealistically short. Budget additional time for weather and other issues that might come up
Your full time IFR instrument rating flight training schedule means completing typically two flights and one simulator session per day.
For some pilots who may have already had some IFR flight training and passed their knowledge test our short 10 training day program may be of interest.
If you are just starting out you may require considerably more time, from four to six weeks depending on the individual.
IFR Instrument Rating Accelerated Training times:
Any time during daylight hours, any day, weekends, holidays. Accelerated schedules usually demand several sessions per day.