Instrument Rating


Why do I need an Instrument Rating?


The instrument rating is a priceless part of your training.

It is a requirement for becoming a commercial pilot without restrictions.

But even as a lifelong private pilot; the instrument rating will allow you to complete flights in weather that is less than perfect.

It will lower your insurance rates and will give you the skills needed to avoid, and safely exit, a potentially hazardous zero visibility situation.

We live in a world where the weather is always changing, sometimes so rapidly as to trap inexperienced and non-rated pilots in its unforgiving grasp.

So don’t take any chances or join any statistics; train at TAA Flight Training and receive top notch training that will allow you to master flying by reference to flight instruments only.



Requirements for an Instrument Rating

This FAA training allows you to fly aircraft under instrument flight rules (IFR) into weather such as rain showers, fog, areas of low visibility and inside of the clouds.

The requirements are:

  • You must be a Private Pilot.
  • Meet flight experience required.
  • Pass a knowledge exam.
  • Pass a Practical (flight and oral) exam.


The Training Program:

Ground school and flight school are interwoven with simulators, books, and videos into a seamless training program the maximizes understanding.

A time tested Curriculum-based program will allow you to learn quickly and effectively.

Flight simulators will be used extensively to minimize costs and your ADF Flight Intructor will guide your training with experience, patience, and a smile.


The Instrument Rating program is composed of 3 stages:


Stage 1- Basic IFR Flight
Using an approved hood will restrict your outside vision, you will learn to fly the airplane blind while your instructor looks outside.

Learn how the instruments work and use them to your advantage.

Stage completion will indicate that you have what it takes to fly inside the clouds.


Stage 2- IFR Approaches
Learn how to fly within the complex ATC system and perform holding patterns.

Learn how to fly instrument approaches such as the ILS, VOR, GPS, and NDB approaches.

The instrument approach systems and our training will enable you to land at airports where the clouds are as low as 200 feet and the visibility less than half a mile.


Stage 3- IFR Cross-Country
Learn IFR cross-country planning, weather and meteorology, and how they all interact.

Fly cross-country flights to distant airports without ever looking outside.

Use radio aids such as VORs, NDBs, or GPS. Upon completion you will be prepared to take the practical exam.

You will study the procedures set by the FAA and ready yourself both in ground and in flight.

Upon completion you will receive your FAA Instrument rating.

Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards: Download now! (PDF)

Pilot Resources: Click here to read



Once you have an instrument rating, you are qualified to fly in IFR conditions as long as you remain current.

If you wish to fly for hire or compensation, however, a Commercial Certificate is required.