Instrument Rating

Complete Instrument Rating Training

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With US Sport Flight Academy’s Instrument Rating training programs you can not only earn your rating, you can also do it for a fraction of the cost of other instrument training programs. No matter how much time you have or how much training you need, our team of instructors and specialists will work with you to build a training schedule that fits your specific training, experience, and goals. Call 972-735-9099 ext. 5 today!

US Sport Flight Academy has the perfect aircraft fleet for any pilot looking to achieve their Instrument Rating. Our fleet includes aircraft featuring two of the most advanced avionics systems available in aviation today: Garmin G1000 system (Cessna 172 & Cessna 182T & Diamond DA-40) and the Dynon SkyView system (CSA SportCruiser).

You can actually accumulate most of your hours and training in the CSA SportCruiser, saving you thousands of dollars over the course of your training! It’s one of the best kept secrets of instrument training, but you don’t actually need an IFR certified aircraft to accumulate most of the required hours to complete your training. Of course, you also have the option of doing all your training in any of our IFR certified aircraft if you’d like! Check out the “Customize Your Training” section below for more information.

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Customize Your Training!

For most students, the Complete Instrument Rating Training Package is the best, easiest, and most affordable way to get your Instrument Rating. However, one size doesn’t fit all! We know everyone has distinctive needs and difficult schedules, so you can also train in a variety of different aircraft or pay per lesson to tailor your flight training to your unique situation! Check out our fleet for more information on different aircraft you can train in.

Our Cessna 172 G1000, Cessna 182T G1000, Diamond DA-40 G1000 and Beechcraft Duchess are all IFR certified and at your disposal for training!

As always, US Sport will never trouble you with hidden fees or fuel surcharges. With flexible scheduling and experienced flight instructor staff and specialists, US Sport Flight Academy ensures you the best flight training experience possible for prices that won’t break the bank.

We will tailor your training program to your specific individual needs, no matter what your situation is… we guarantee it!

How Long Will it Take to Get my Instrument Rating?

Get ready for your instrument rating in as little as two weeks with our accelerated program, or take your time and take advantage of our flexible scheduling and dedicated instructors. It’s all up to you!

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Should I Train With Glass Panel Avionics or Traditional Steam Gauges?

At US Sport Flight Academy, you have the option to train in either type of cockpit. However, we recommend that you train in with the most advanced glass cockpit avionics available.

Instrument training may be simpler with traditional steam gauges, but today it is best done in a glass cockpit airplane. Every pilot who uses aircraft for purposeful transportation will eventually be flying in a glass cockpit, so in most situations it doesn’t make as much sense to train with anything less than advanced modern equipment.

What are the FAA Training Requirements for the Instrument Rating?

A person who applies for an instrument-airplane rating must:

(1.) Hold at least a current private pilot certificate

(2.) Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

(3.) Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or accomplish a home-study course of training on the following aeronautical knowledge areas:

  • Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that apply to flight operations under IFR;
  • Appropriate information that applies to flight operations under IFR in the “Aeronautical Information Manual;”
  • Air traffic control system and procedures for instrument flight operations;
  • IFR navigation and approaches by use of navigation systems;
  • 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;
  • Safe and efficient operation of aircraft under instrument flight rules and conditions;
  • Recognition of critical weather situations and windshear avoidance;
  • Aeronautical decision making and judgment; and
  • Crew resource management, including crew communication and coordination.

(4.) Receive a logbook or training record endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that the person is prepared to take the required knowledge test;

(5.) Receive and log training on the following areas of operation from an authorized instructor in an aircraft, full flight simulator, or flight training device that represents an airplane:

  • Preflight preparation;
  • Preflight procedures;
  • Air traffic control clearances and procedures;
  • Flight by reference to instruments;
  • Navigation systems;
  • Instrument approach procedures;
  • Emergency operations; and
  • Postflight procedures.

A person who applies for an instrument-airplane rating must have logged:

  • 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which 10 hours must have been in an airplane
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time in the areas of operation listed above, of which 15 hours must have been received from an authorized instructor who holds an instrument-airplane rating, and the instrument time includes:
    • 3 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in an airplane that is appropriate to the instrument-airplane rating within 2 calendar months before the date of the practical test; and
    • Instrument flight training on cross country flight procedures, including one cross country flight in an airplane with an authorized instructor, that is performed under instrument flight rules, when a flight plan has been filed with an air traffic control facility, and that involves—
      • A 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.

(6.) Receive a logbook or training record endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that the person is prepared to take the required practical test;

(7.) Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas

(8.) Pass the required practical test on the areas of operation