Instrument Rating

The Instrument Rating is typically the rating to earn after your Private Pilot License. Simply put, it is the ability to fly with reference only to the plane’s instruments, at times when visual references are unclear or unavailable.

As with the Private Pilot’s license, we customize your training program to suit your needs. We provide the standard pre- and post-flight briefings with your instructor free of charge, so you can be sure to understand everything about that day’s lesson. We are one of very few schools that charges only for the hours spent in the plane with the instructor. Please note that if you do not choose to do the self-study program of ground instruction, any additional ground training with your instructor is $50 per hour.

Below are excerpts (emphasis ours) from the FAA Requirements for the Instrument Rating.

FAA Requirements Summary. See FAR 61.65

§ §61.65 Instrument rating requirements.
A person who applies for an instrument rating must:
• Pass the required knowledge test

• Pass the required practical test

• Aeronautical experience for the instrument-airplane rating. A person who applies for an instrument-airplane rating must have logged:
o 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which 10 hours must have been in an airplane; and

o Forty (40) hours of actual or simulated instrument, of which 15 hours must have been received from an authorized instructor who holds an instrument-airplane rating, and the instrument time includes:
§ Three 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.

Associated Costs:



The instrument rating has a various number of requirements to meet. Based on how you’ve built up your flight experience and whether you decide to go single or Multi engine, the flight time requirements vary, but as you build your time an meet the requirements you will require a minimum of 3 hours dual in the 2 months prior to to be eligible for the practical test. (assuming all other requirements are met) Our rates for your training will be based of the numbers below and we only charge for what you need not just pre determined package deal. (we believe one program does not fit all). After earning your private license we can guide you in the best way to build your flight experience to earn this rating.

Flight time in Cessna 152 for Single engine. $90/Hour (Block time rate)
Flight time in Piper Aztec. $275/Hour (20 hr. Block time rate)
Dual Instruction. $50/Flight hour single or multi engine.


In addition to the costs listed above which we provide you will need to budget for the following:
  Books and study materials. $25-200
  Written Test Fees: $150
  Flight test Fees: $350-600
  Study books and pilots supplies: $100-$250

Please feel free to contact us today to schedule your introductory flight or to learn more about earning your Instrument Rating with Fox Aviation International Inc.

Information on this page is provided for general reference purposes only. Please consult the current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations regarding flight training requirements.