instrument Rating training

CLAA uses the latest GPS Technology including precision GPS approaches utilizing the latest WAAS technology. We tailor instrument pilot training to the individual pilot based on his or her goals and instrument flying needs. We emphasize GPS flight instruction utilizing Garmin GPS technology. Whether you are training for a career as a professional pilot or learning instrument flying for business and personal travel, we can provide the aircraft, navigation equipment, and curriculum to fit your needs.

We utilize simulator (flight training device) training to save time and accelerate your learning of approaches, holding and other instrument procedures.

An instrument rating isn't a license, but rather an add-on to an existing Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate. It allows you to act as PIC (Pilot In Command) of an airplane during IFR conditions (inside clouds, low visibility, etc.) as well as in Class A airspace. Instrument training centers around becoming proficient at flight solely by reference to instruments, and also includes a more in-depth study of weather and rules and procedures that apply during IFR conditions.

Obtaining an instrument rating requires dedication and effort, but the payoff is tremendous. As an instrument-rated pilot, it's much more likely that you'll be able to complete a planned flight because weather conditions are less of a factor. There are specific criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for an instrument rating. The FAA details them in CFR §61.65, but here's the shorter version:

  • Prerequisite: Private or Commercial License

  • Age: 17 Years

  • Total Flight Time: 50 Hours PIC

  • Simulated or Actual Instrument Flight Time: 40 Hours

  • Instrument Instruction Flight Time: 15 Hours

  • FAA Written Test

  • FAA Practical Test (Checkride)