Modular Courses

Instrument Pilot Course

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Instrument License Outline


ATTENTION: our Instrument Rating course is an modular flight training course designated for students with a full PPL license and a minimum of 50 hours cross-country time. For the fully-inclusive courses, please see our Integrated Courses section.


"What is an Instrument Rating according to ICAO definition?"

Instrument rating refers to the qualifications that a pilot must have in order to fly under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules). It requires additional training and instruction beyond what is required for a Private Pilot certificate or Commercial Pilot certificate, including rules and procedures specific to instrument flying, additional instruction in meteorology, and more intensive training in flight solely by reference to instruments. Testing consists of a written exam and a practical test (known more commonly as the check ride). The check ride is divided into an oral component to verify that the applicant understands the theory of instrument flying and an actual flight to ensure the pilot possesses the practical skills required for safe IFR flight.

For most private pilots, the most significant value of flying under IFR is the ability to fly in instrument meteorological conditions (such as inside clouds). Additionally, all flights operating in Class A airspace, defined in the US as the airspace from 18,000 MSL up to FL 600 (roughly 60,000 feet), must be conducted under IFR. In most ICAO counties, an instrument rating is required when operating under Special visual flight rules (SVFR) at night.


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"What benefits will I enjoy once I get my Instrument Rating?"

IR holders will enjoy a number of great benefits. Some of them are:

arrow Ability to fly in limited visibility
arrow Ability to land and depart airports in IMC
arrow Ability to fly in IR-restrictive airspace (above 18,000 feet)
arrow Increased safety and situational awareness


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"How long will it take?"

Raich Aerospace Group LLC Aviator DBA Sovrasco LLC Aerocadet DBA Global Air Ferry DBA We are projecting for every student to fly a minimum of 2 hours per day. Sometimes more. The actual program duration, from Zero to Instrument-rated pilot, will be 4 months and consist of the following 1 stage:


Stage 1 Instrument Rating

arrow 6 weeks, where
  arrow 2 weeks of theoretical knowledge prep
  arrow 1 month of practical flight training


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Theoretical Course

"How many hours will I need to study, in order to become an Instrument Pilot?"

The FAA regulations do not specify minimum required classroom time for candidates who want to obtain this certification. So, it is up to a flight training facility and a student's personal flight instructor to determine the required study hours. At Aerocadet, we require you to undergo 200 hours of ground school in a lectured, guided and self-guided format. The break-down is as following:


Stage 1 Instrument Rating:

arrow 90 hours of theoretical knowledge prep, of which
  arrow 70 hours of theoretical study , of which
    arrow 25 hours of classroom lectures
    arrow 45 hours of self-guided study
    arrow 20 hours of one-to-one instructor lesson briefings



arrow 1 Written IR exam


* All hours are estimated as average. ** Minimum FAA requirements.

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Practical Course

"How many hours will I need to fly, in order to qualify for PPL?"

The FAA regulations have certain minimum aeronautical experience requirements that are based on the flight time that an average person with good pilot abilities requires to become proficient in execution of PPL maneuvers necessary to obtain your private pilot license. Our course is based on these requirements and will, as a minimum, include:


Stage 1 Instrument Rating

arrow 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument flight time, of which
  arrow 15 hours of dual instruction flight time, of which
    arrow 3 hours in preparation for the instrument check-ride
    arrow One cross-country flight of 250 nautical miles along airways or by directed routing from an air traffic control facility; An instrument approach at each airport; and three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems.



arrow 1 Practical IR exam



* All hours are estimated in accoding with the minimum FAA requirements.

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"What will be the estimated cost for this flight training course?"

The cost of flight training in accordnace with the aforementioned syllabus is:

arrow $9,895 USD, which includes:
  arrow Administrative expenses
  arrow Ground school
  arrow Flight training
  arrow Theoretical knowledge exam
  arrow Practical exam
  arrow C-152 aircraft rental and insurance
  arrow Aviation headset rental
  arrow Flight instructor fees



** Optional training is offered in C-172 or PA-28.

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"What do I need to have in order to enroll now?"

Our requirements for this course are basic:

arrow Be 18 years of age
arrow Ability to understand, speak and write English
arrow Hold FAA PPL (ICAO PPL is options with additional conversion cost)
arrow Ability to obtain FAA Class III medical (see requirements)
arrow 50 hours of cross-country flights logged (50nm or more between each airport)
arrow Financial capacity to sustain the entire program cost

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