Instrument Rating


Taking an instrument rating course is the best way to upgrade your pilot’s license. Instrument rating training allows you to learn to fly with the use of your instruments alone. If you want to be a commercial pilot, this skill is essential. It is also needed if you would like to fly at night or in inclement weather when your vision is likely to be impaired.

Our courses in Houston, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX, offer the best in training facilities and safety. Take our course and get your instrument rating quickly while engaging in one of the finest programs in the world.


The instrument rating is the first step toward becoming a professional pilot.  It is perhaps the most essential skill you will learn as a pilot for hire.  The ability to get an aircraft safely form one airport to another requires in-depth knowledge and awareness of weather phenomena, how to assess its behavior, and how to safely get the airplane through it using all the tools available.  It also requires mature judgment to make the right decision on flying in uncertain conditions.

This rating also requires the aspiring instrument pilot to pass three exams.


The written exam is administered at a certified examination center. 

There is one located on our airport just a few hundred meters from our training facility.
 
The oral exam is usually taken the same day as the flight exam and prior to it.  This exam is administered by the same FAA designated examiner who will be conducting your flight exam.
 
The flight exam is taken in the same type aircraft you train in.  It is usually a 1.5 to 2.0 hour flight were you demonstrate the maneuvers specific to the license you are seeking.


Our full motion, 180 degree field of view Redbird simulators are exceptional training devices for this rating as it allows the students to experience many different weather conditions without putting them at risk.
 
A person who applies for an instrument rating must:

  1. Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought.
  2. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

You must have logged the following:

  1. At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.
  2. A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in part 61.65(c) of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
  3. At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.

For instrument-airplane rating, instrument training on cross-country flight procedures that includes at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under instrument flight rules. This flight must consist of:

  1. A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing.
  2. An instrument approach at each airport.
  3. Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems (Example: ILS, VOR, GPS).
  4. At least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the check ride within two calendar months before the examination date.