Instrument Training


With our 530 Garmin equipped Cessna 172 and our flight simulator (Basic Aviation Training Device or Basic ATD) our instrument training capabilities plus the weather in the Northwest combine to give pilots one of the best instrument training experiences in the country. The ATD provides training that can’t be done in the airplane and Mother Nature provides the “actual” conditions.

Combine Training with Vacation- If you are considering an Instrument Rating, you might consider combining your instrument training with a vacation to the beautiful San Juan Islands here in Washington state. Call for details.

Accelerated Instrument Course package
Flight training/Simulator/Books/Hotel- We’ll build a custom program for you. Call for pricing

Instrument Rating Requirements

Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate.

Pass the required Knowledge Test.

Aeronautical Knowledge

A person must have received and logged ground training or accomplished a home-study course on the following:
a. Federal Aviation Regulations.
b. IFR in the AIM
c. The Air Traffic Control system.
d. Use of IFR en route and instrument approach procedure charts.
e. Procurement and use of aviation weather reports and forecasts.
f. Safe operation of aircraft under IFR flight rules.
g. Recognition of critical weather situations and windshear avoidance.
h. Aeronautical decision making and judgment.
i. Crew resource management, including crew communication and coordination.

Flight Proficiency

A person must receive and log flight training in the following areas of operation:
a. Preflight preparation.
b. Preflight procedures.
c. ATC clearances and procedures.
d. Flight by reference to instruments.
e. Navigation systems.
f. Instrument approach procedures.
g. Emergency operations.
h. Post flight procedures.

Aeronautical Experience

A person must have logged the following:
a. At least 50 hours of cross country PIC time. At least 10 hours must be in airplanes for an Instrument Airplane rating.
b. 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time.
c. At least 15 hours of instrument flight training..
d. At least 3 hours of instrument training in preparation for the Practical Test within 60 days preceding the test.
e. One cross country flight of at least 250 nm along airways or as directed by ATC.
1.) Must land at 3 or more different airports.
2.) Must fly an instrument approach at each airport.
3.) 3 different kinds of approaches must be flown with the use of navigation systems.

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