Earing an Instrument Rating allows pilots to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Instrument Flight Rules allow pilots to conduct flights in weather conditions that prevent visual reference to the ground. Airlines will fly under these rules to ensure on-time efficiency. To earn the Instrument Rating (IR), students will learn how to conduct IFR procedures in simulated conditions such as approaches, holds, arrival and departure procedures, and emergency operations. The approximate time to complete the Instrument Rating at UNDAF is 13 weeks.


To be eligible for an Instrument Rating, a person must:

⦁ Hold at least a current Private Pilot Certificate
⦁ Hold at least a FAA third-class medical certificate
⦁ Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
⦁ Receive ground and flight training from an authorized instructor with applicable endorsements
⦁ Pass the FAA Instrument written knowledge test
⦁ Pass the FAA Instrument Rating practical test

How long does it take to earn an Instrument Rating?

The answer to this depends on several factors. These include weather, student availability for training, and financing. Motivated students in a fast track program, finish Instrument on average in 2 ½ months. Students that are less available could take much longer.


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