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Instrument Rating

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate
  • Read, speak, write, and understand English
  • Hold a current FAA medical certificate
  • Pass an FAA instrument rating airman knowledge test with a grade of 70% or better
  • Pass an FAA oral and flight exam

Aeronautical Knowledge:

  • Log ground instruction from an authorized instructor
  • Present evidence showing satisfactory completion of an approved course of instruction

Aeronautical Experience:

  • 50 hours as pilot in command on cross-country flight
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time to include:
    • 15 hours of dual instruction from a CFII
    • 3 hours of preparation for the practical test within 60 preceding days
  • One dual 250 nautical mile instrument cross-country flight


  • Ground School Options:
    • Self study with text books requires lots of self-discipline, motivation, and good study habits to sit, read, and answer written questions.
    • King videos or interactive DVD or CD-ROM - $179 (VHS) to $279 (DVD/CD-ROM) - requires self-discipline and motivation to sit down at your TV or computer, view the lessons and answer computerized questions (or written questions if using VHS version).
    • 3 day weekend course - costs vary, expect to pay around $270. Good “cram” course to help you pass the test, but the course goes at lightning speed. Our recommendation is that you have some familiarity with the material before you attend.
    • One-on-one instruction from your CFII paced along with your flight instruction. This will be more expensive if you require extensive hours. You may just require minimal time with your instructor after using one of the above options.

  • Getting the most out of your flight time: Be prepared for each lesson by memorizing any procedures your flight instructor gives you. Believe it or not, much of learning to fly can be accomplished on the ground. Memorizing the procedures and maneuvers your instructor gives you will minimize your flight time, ease frustration, and give you a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Once you obtain your Instrument Pilot license it is yours forever! Call us to get started - we look forward to helping you discover flight!


1030 E. Highway 377 Suite 110-107
Granbury Texas 76048
(817) 579-8573

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