Instrument Rating Course

Instrument Rating Course

The Instrument Rating is the next logical step, after the Private Pilot, for pilots looking to expand the flight territory in which they can safely operate, and to increase their overall business/personal flight capabilities. The certification itself is supplementary to the Private Pilot or Commercial licenses, and qualifies the pilot to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

Instrument pilots are qualified to operate aircraft in low-visibility environments, such as heavy cloud cover or heavy rain. The flight lessons in the course provide pilots the knowledge to rely solely on instruments to navigate the aircraft in situations where they cannot rely on visual instincts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
As many pilots can attest, weather conditions do not always permit the sole reliance on visual flying tactics, which hinders the ability to fly on certain days. The Instrument Rating is essential for any pilot looking to improve flight safety and proceed with their pursuit of a career in flying. Pilots without the rating are prevented from operating aircraft in certain weather conditions where visibility is greatly reduced, which limits their maximum allowable altitude, restricts the ability to operate the aircraft at night, and more.

Holding an Instrument Rating also allows pilots the ability to operate under an IFR flight plan which provides Air Traffic Control services not available to VFR pilots except upon special request, such as traffic advisories, airspace transitions, and vectors. When operating in high-volume airspace, these privileges are a significant advantage.

Instrument Rating Course Duration

Full-time students enrolled in our accelerated Professional Pilot Pathway program will have a minimum of 20 hours of flight lessons per week. Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their Instrument Rating, studying hard and making pilot training the top priority, can complete within 2 months.

Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their Instrument takes 2-3 months to finish based on scheduling limitations. However, our course durations are estimates,  and we highly encourage you to chat with an Admissions Representative directly about your training needs and availability for a customized approximation.

Instrument Rating Training Requirements

Unlike other flight schools, Epic Flight Academy has FAA-certified simulator facilities, saving students a significant amount of money as they are able to supplement training for their Instrument Rating in a resource that minimizes operational costs. Our Flight Simulator Team performs routine tests on each of the devices to ensure that our students are experiencing flight training the simulator sin a way that properly prepare them to execute the same maneuvers in an actual airplane.

The FAA requires students to log a minimum of 35 total flight hours in order to be eligible for the Instrument Rating; however, less than 5% of pilots complete their training within the minimum flight requirements. We find that many Epic Flight Academy students complete their Instrument Rating in approximately 55 total flight hours.

Instrument Rating Course ground school classes begins each month! Contact us today to reserve your seat and get started flying today: