Instrument Rating

  • Instrument Rating Prerequisites:

    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

    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 flight training

    At least 3 hours in preparation for the Practical (flight) Test.

    One cross-country flight under IFR, distance of at least 250 NM

    Pass a Knowledge (written) and Practical (flight) Test

    Van Nuys Flight School Instrument Rating
  • Instrument Rating Flight Training:

    We train according to FAR part 61. FAA approved BATD and customized PC simulators / procedure trainers are extensively used.

  • The cost for the instrument rating is affected by a lot of factors.

    - the airplane you choose (from $130/hr to $160/hr)

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    - how many instruction hours you require. We charge $69/hr for ground/flight/simulator instruction.

    - how well you study and how talented you are (and therefore how many instruction hours you require)

    - the time frame you complete the training in is a factor, training more frequently completing the rating within a few weeks is more efficient.

  • Instrument Rating Approximate total cost:

    If your Private Pilot training was of high quality and you have been using your skills extensively and recently, the cost of the Instrument rating should be under $10,000.

    There is really little sense in starting the instrument rating without already having the knowledge test completed.

    The training is more effective if you can concentrate on preparing the simulator and flight sessions adequately at home.

    We have over 24 years of training experience and we know a thing or two about making the training efficient.

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