Ready to Become an Instrument-Rated Pilot?

Achieving an instrument rating is a transformative step in your aviation journey. It's not just about navigating through the clouds; it's about a comprehensive understanding of complex IFR procedures. This includes mastering IFR clearances, SIDs, enroute procedures, STARs, and executing precise instrument approaches.

Our seasoned instructors and state-of-the-art Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) will guide your transition from novice to expert in IFR operations. Utilize our AATD to log significant hours towards your instrument rating, elevating your skills efficiently and effectively.

5 Tips to Earn Your Instrument Rating

Achieving your instrument rating is a significant milestone for any pilot. It demands mastery of various skills and a high level of competency. Here are five essential tips to assist you on your journey to becoming an instrument-rated pilot.

IFR Tip1

Use a Flight Simulator

Starting your journey to an instrument rating begins with a flight simulator, specifically an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD).

Our AATD simulator allows you to log 20 hours towards your Instrument Rating.

Brining you multiple models of airplanes, worldwide database, Jeppesen Charts, and  sync your EFB to each lesson.

IFR Tip2

Finish Your Written Test Early

For your instrument-written preparation, we recommend using Sheppard Air Test Prep. Though it requires a phone call to purchase, it's among the top test preps. Consider using Sporty's Instrument Rating Course as your ground school material. Don't forget, the Instrument Flying Handbook and Instrument Procedures Handbook are available for free on the FAA Website.

IFR Tip3

Do a Transition Course to Different Airplane:

If you're planning to transition to a Cessna 182/206 or a Cirrus SR-22, or aiming to earn a complex endorsement, now is the perfect time. As you work on your instrument rating, you can use this aircraft to build the flight time needed for the checkout requirements, and to increase your comfort level. This way, you'll only need a few lessons on maneuvers in the new airplane.

IFR Tip4

Need More Cross-Country Time for Part 61 Requirements? 

To efficiently accumulate cross-country time, incorporate cross-country elements into your lessons. Choose a destination airport over 50NM away and practice  instrument scan maneuvers en route, rather than just in a practice area. Switch to a visual approach as you near your destination to get experience with unfamiliar airports. After landing, take a short break before repeating the process on your return flight. This method helps meet Part 61 requirements and builds cross-country time for you and your instructor.

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Schedule Your Instrument Instructor Test Concurrently with Your Instrument Written Test  

If you're aiming to become an instructor, consider scheduling the instrument instructor test once you've met the instrument-knowledge test requirements. The question bank is almost identical, which offers a great opportunity to prepare for both tests at once. Keep in mind that each test is valid for two years.

Remote Flight Instruction

Want to maximize your time in-person lesson? Remote Flight Instruction is the answer

We offer virtual lessons via Zoom, including ground lessons and flight simulator sessions. If you're working on an Instrument Rating, our virtual lessons cover briefing and explaining instrument procedures, written exam explanations, and check-ride prep.

We can even use your flight simulator at home, during our  remote lesson to help you understand procedures. You just need a basic joystick and a computer to begin. Please note that you cannot log this time towards your aeronautical experience.

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Optimize Your Flight Training Through Preparation: Maximize Your Time and Investment!

After you've scheduled a lesson with us, we enhance your study process by promptly sending an email filled with key materials, such as an IFR flight plan, insightful videos, and relevant blog posts tailored to each stage of your lesson. This encourages you to explore the subject matter at home before each session, enabling us to use our one-on-one time to delve deeper into complex IFR topics. Guided by our seasoned airline pilot flight instructors, this approach ensures you are well-prepared and gain maximum value from every training session."

Maximize Your Time

Accelerate Your Instrument Rating with
Our Intensive Week-Long Program

Embark on a transformative journey with Aviator NYC's one-week instrument rating program. Tailored for dedicated pilots, this immersive experience offers two lessons per day, allowing you to efficiently complete your 20 hours towards your IFR certificate. Our advanced Garmin G1000 AATD and expert instruction provide the perfect environment to refine your skills and achieve your aviation goals.

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Steam Gauge vs G1000 for Instrument Rating Training?

If you're currently flying steam gauge airplanes, we recommend completing your first 20 hours of training in our Garmin G1000 simulator before focusing on in-airplane flight training. Instrument flying is about understanding procedures, irrespective of the avionics you're flying. We believe our simulator can establish a solid foundation for your instrument flying, easing your transition to a real airplane.

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Flight Lesson for Family members

Sharing the Skies: Extending Flight Lessons for Family Members

To ease flight-related anxieties, we've designed a way to involve your family in our training sessions. During the final half-hour, our Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) introduces them to basic flight principles and airplane operations via our simulator. This collective experience enhances comfort, fosters shared pilot adventures, and adds value to your pilot's certificate.

Find a Flight School

For those new to the NY and NJ area with prior flight school experience, our map showcasing various flight schools—based on positive feedback from former clients.

We exclusively offer flight training using a Certified Flight Simulator (AATD). 

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We have a four-stage Instrument Rating Training Timeline

Stage 1 develops your instrument flying skills.       Stage 2 focuses on navigation equipment use.

Stage 3 covers flying instrument approaches.        Stage 4 combines everything to prepare you for real airplane training.

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.

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