The instrument rating removes the fair-weather restriction of your pilot certificate. With the instrument rating, no longer are you stuck on the ground, unable to return home, due to cloudy skies. With the instrument rating, you can fly right through it! It also will greatly increase your comfort in talking with air traffic control, and you will learn how to incorporate cockpit resource management into every flight. The instrument rating will make you an all-around safer pilot.
The training follows a structured syllabus, but it may be easily tailored to the individual student as needed. The training includes both classroom and flight training and is broken up into 3 stages, each with different core objectives. The following are partial lists of what to expect in each stage:
Flying by reference to only instruments
Navigation systems and techniques
Core Objective: Develop proficiency in instrument flying under simulated conditions
Instrument approaches and departures
IFR flight planning
Core Objective: Fly a cross-country flight entirely on instruments
Further develop instrument flying skills
Build knowledge in all subject matter areas
Pass the FAA knowledge test
Demonstrate proficiency during an end-of-course check
Core Objective: Pass the Instrument Rating practical test
$10,000 - $15,000
3 months - 1 year
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