Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating
    Prerequisites
  • 18 yrs old
  • FAA Private Pilot’s license
  • FAA Medical Certificate
  • Speak and understand English
    Steps
  • Minimum 40 IFR flight hours
  • Complete Cessna Program
  • Pass FAA Written Test
  • Pass Checkride
    Privileges
  • Fly in known IFR conditions
  • Receive priority landing (w/ Flight Plan)
  • Rent single-engine airplanes


Why do I need it?

Having your Instrument Rating will make you a more proficient, competent and confident pilot. You will have greater confidence when landing at a new or unfamiliar airport. Most importantly, your Instrument rating will increase your safety. Being prepared and able to handle any change in the weather, especially over the mountains or water, will make you and your passengers safer.

How long does it take?

The length of time it takes to earn your Instrument rating depends upon how often you fly. You can receive your Instrument rating in as little as 30 days if you fly everyday. Most students fly on average 2-3 times per week. At this pace you can receive your Instrument rating in as little as 90 days. Another factor is the Cessna Online Course and maintaining a steady pace with your self-study.

    Flight Hour Minimums

  • 40 flight hours of actual or simulated IFR
  • 50 hours cross country PIC
  • Up to 10 hours in a FAA approved simulator

What can I do with my Instrument Rating?

Once you receive your Instrument Rating, you will be able to fly in weather with lower visibility. This means you can fly in known low visibility areas, like on the coast when there is a marine layer and over the mountains when it is cloudy. Additionally, flying in IFR weather with a flight plan will often give you priority to land at busy airports. When the airport knows you are arriving before you even take off, they can plan better for your arrival.

Test at Sawyer Aviation!

Written Test & Checkride

The FAA written test and checkride are both done towards the end of your training. The written test is comprised of 60 questions with a passing grade of 70%. Those 60 questions are pulled from a bank of just over 950 questions, which you have access to through the Cessna Online Course. Your checkride will be with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) and will consist of two parts. The first half will be an oral examination, where you will answer questions about flying. The second half is the practical examination, where you will fly maneuvers in the airplane with the DPE. After you pass both parts, you will receive your Instrument Rating!

Cessna Online Instrument Rating Course

The Online Cessna Instrument Rating Course was created by Cessna and King Schools. Both companies have a long history in the aviation industry, with proven track records. This course, which supplies the foundation and ground knowledge, is done concurrently with the flight training. This method maximizes retention and comprehension. The multi-visual course combines text, diagrams, video, and audio for the text. The 800 question bank for the written test is also in this program, as well as a large library of documents about ratings, weather, Cessna aircraft and much more!

Your Training Will Include

  • Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that apply to flight operations under IFR
  • Air traffic control system and procedures for instrument flight operations
  • Safe and efficient operation of aircraft under instrument flight rules and conditions
  • Preflight procedures
  • Air traffic control clearances and procedures
  • Instrument approach procedures
  • Appropriate information that applies to flight operations under IFR in the “Aeronautical Information Manual”
  • Use of IFR en route and instrument approach procedure charts
  • Procurement and use of aviation weather reports and forecasts and the elements of forecasting weather trends based on that information and personal observation of weather conditions
  • Flight by reference to instruments
  • Postflight procedures
  • IFR navigation and approaches by use of navigation systems
  • Recognition of critical weather situations and windshear avoidance
  • Crew resource management, including crew communication and coordination
  • Aeronautical decision making and judgment
  • Preflight preparation
  • Navigation systems
  • Emergency operations