Instrument Rating Training Guide
How to get instrument rated and incorporate a flight simulator in your training
3 Tips for Your Instrument Rating Training
- Do 20 hours in an AATD
Start Flying (and incorporating our AATD Flight Simulator)
Stage 1: Instrument Flying Skills - Expect to spend about 7 hours Flight Training + 7 hours of Ground.*
Stage 2: Using Navigation Equipment -Expect to spend about 13 hours Flight Training + 7 hours of Ground.*
Stage 3: Flying Instrument Approaches - Expect to spend about 25 hours Flight Training + 7 hours of Ground.*
Stage 4: Cross Country and Practical Test Preparation - Expect to spend about 10 hours Flight Training+ 5 hours of Ground.*
How many hours does it take to get your instrument rating?
Aeronautical Experience Required by the FAA, Part 61
Once I have my instrument rating, how often are proficiency checks required?
For Part 61, as long as you stay active flying in instrument conditions and meet the Instrument Currency requirements, you just need a Flight Review every two years. For currency and proficiency read our post on this subject.