Clouds

INSTRUMENT

RATING

DON'T LET THE CLOUDS KEEP YOU DOWN

STRUCTURE. FLEXIBILITY. MASTERY.

An instrument rating isn't a license, but rather an add-on to an existing pilot certificate. It allows you to act as the pilot in command of an IFR flight plan which gives you the ability to fly in instrument conditions (through clouds and areas of low visibility) as well as in Class A (high-altitude) airspace. Instrument training focuses on flying solely by reference to instruments. An in-depth study of weather as well as rules and procedures specific to IFR flight is also a critical part of this kind of training. Earning an instrument rating requires dedication and effort, but the payoff is tremendous. As an instrument-rated pilot, you are much less likely to have trips limited by weather. Schedule-sensitive travel is more reliable and those long distance missions are more easily accomplished.

BASIC TRAINING
REQUIREMENTS

TSA Approval (for non-U.S. citizens only)

Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate Holder

PIC Cross Country Flight Time: 50 Hours

Instrument Time: 40 Hours

Instrument Instruction Time: 15 Hours

 

We suggest that all students refresh their VFR flying skills prior to training for their instrument rating. Completing a Flight Review, renewing landing currency, and reviewing important private pilot knowledge areas with a CFI are great ways to make sure you are in the best position to continue your learning. Consider using one of the many online video training courses (like Gleim or MzeroA) to give yourself an leg up by getting your mind in gear for future learning.

THE PATH TO CERTIFICATION

Start first by accruing PIC cross country experience on your own. Once you've logged 35 hours of PIC XC time, speak with our CFIs to sign up for lessons. Make sure you have a current FAA medical or BasicMed documentation.

Our instructors will work with you to develop strong basic attitude instrument flying skills, learn IFR procedures, and master cockpit management. Enroll in our ground school to help prep for your FAA written exam (60 multiple choice questions, 70% passing score). All of your training efforts ultimately lead to the FAA practical test (a.k.a. checkride) which is done one-on-one with a designated pilot examiner (DPE) and consists of a 1 to 2 hour oral exam and a 1.5 to 2.5 hour flight test.

CHOOSE YOUR RIDE

Both Sling and Cirrus offer effective platforms for flight training.

However, due to weight and balance restrictions for the LSA aircraft,

please note that the Sling LSA can only accommodate students up to 200 lbs.

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Technologically advanced cockpits come in many shapes and sizes; but the wide cabin, excellent all-around view, and spacious luggage capacity make the Sling a comfortable and versatile choice. Throw in best-in-class handling and maneuverability, and you have yourself a pretty incredible training aircraft. Maximum student weight = 200 lbs.

BOLD INGENUITY

Every pilot’s dream plane? This might very well be it.

The SR20 and SR22T have redefined personal aviation with industry-leading performance, style, and safety. A seamless integration of luxury, technology, and automobile-inspired ergonomics will have you and your family eager to climb aboard.

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SLING LSA AIRCRAFT

TYPICAL TIMELINE TO COMPLETION:
4-6 MONTHS

Students are encouraged to sign up for a minimum of TWO 2.5-hour lessons per week, but greater frequency is beneficial as you'll  maintain a higher level of retention from one lesson to the next.

Training slots available (daily):
8:00AM - 10:30AM

11:00AM - 1:30PM

2:00PM - 4:30PM

5:00PM - 7:30PM

CIRRUS SR SERIES AIRCRAFT

TYPICAL TIMELINE TO COMPLETION:
4-6 MONTHS

Given the capabilities and complexities of the Cirrus aircraft, we encourage students training in the Cirrus to commit to our immersive, accelerated training format; but if that's not practical, students are encouraged to sign up for a minimum of TWO 3.5-hour lessons per week.

Training slots available (daily):
9:00AM - 12:30PM

1:30PM - 5:00PM

SLING LSA AIRCRAFT

TYPICAL COURSE COMPLETION COSTS:
$13,449

LSA Rental Hours (40 @ $129/Hour) = $5,160

Simulator Hours (10 @ $50/Hour) = $500

CFI Instruction (80 @ $75/Hour) = $6,000

Monthly Club Membership (5 @ $50) = $250

Ground School = $395

Training Materials = $349

Written Exam Fee = $195

Checkride Fee = $600

Total = $13,449

Approx. $275/month w/ financing

CIRRUS SR AIRCRAFT
 

TYPICAL COURSE COMPLETION COSTS:
$29,754

SR20 Rental Hours (55 @ $275/Hour) = $15,125

Simulator Hours (20 @ $50/Hour) = $1,000

CSIP Instruction (119 @ $100/Hour) = $11,900

Monthly Club Membership (5 @ $50) = $250

Ground School = $395

Training Materials = $349

Written Exam Fee = $135

Checkride Fee = $600

Total = $29,754 (G3 SR20) or $38,004 (G6 SR22T)

Approx. $615-789/month w/ financing

Aircraft
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QUESTIONS ABOUT TRAINING OR FINANCING?

Please use our contact form to set up a meeting with our flight school director.