Instrument Rating Certificate

Act as pilot in command in adverse weather under instrument flight rules.

Course Description

The Instrument Rating Certificate will allow you to act as pilot in command in adverse weather under instrument flight rules. Taught in the Robinson R44, this program teaches you how to fly safely in mountainous, zero-visibility conditions  solely referencing aircraft instruments. Whether you fly in foul or fair weather, this course will make you a better pilot.

Though not required, an instrument rating certificate is growing in popularity amongst employers.

*Some requirements of this certificate can be concurrently completed with the private pilot and/or commercial pilot programs.

Estimated Tuition to Meet FAA Minimums – $20,000

  • 35 Ground
  • 45 Flight Hours

Program Requirements

  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate or be concurrently enrolled in that program
  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand English
  • Pass a written knowledge test
  • 50 hours of cross-country flight time as a pilot in command and 40 hours of instrument time, including 15 hours of instruction
  • Pass a final checkride with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, which consists of an oral exam and flight check.
  • FAA Helicopter Flying Handbook
  • FAA Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
  • Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual
  • Principles of Helicopter Flight (W.J. Wagtendonk)
  • ASA Private Pilot Test Prep
  • ASA Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide
  • ASA Practical Test Standards
  • San Francisco Sectional Chart
  • Chart Supplement – Southwest
  • E6B Flight Planning Computer & Plotter
  • FAA Instrument Flying Handbook
  • Instrument Pilot’s Handbook (R. Machado)
  • ASA Instrument Rating Test Prep
  • ASA Instrument Rating Oral Exam Guide
  • ASA Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards
  • Enroute Low Altitude Charts, L3&4, L9&10
  • Laptop or Tablet with Wi-Fi capability (you will need to access videos, PDFs, and other instructional materials)
  • Optional: Apple & Android portable device – training and reference applications