An Instrument Rating is what allow pilots to be qualified to fly in low visibility conditions under Instrument Flight Rules(IFR). Think of weather that will not allow a pilot to fly by visual references outside the airplane, and must rely only on instrumentation to fly safely.  Like a private pilot's license, a student must pass an FAA knowledge test, complete certain flight requirements with a certified instrument instructor(CFII), and pass a checkride with an FAA examiner. Prices vary from flight school to flight school and a student's abilities, but typically an instrument rating will cost anywhere from $8,000-$10,000.

Instrument Rating Requirements

  • 50 Hours Cross Country as Pilot in Command(PIC)
  • 40 Hours instrument(actual or simulated)
  • 15 Hours of flight time with an instructor(CFII)