Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit?
No. If you hold a valid private pilot certificate then you are eligible for an instrument rating.

How long does it take?
Under our part 141 training syllabus there is a minimum time requirement of 35 hours. Under part 61 the times will vary depending on how much you have flown between getting your private pilot certificate and the time you start your instrument rating. The average student that starts their instrument training right after their private training will require approximately the following hours:

  1. 45 hours of cross country PIC time (doesn’t need to be with an instructor).
  2. 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time (not all with an instructor)
  3. Of the 40 hours above 15 will be with an instructor on the required maneuvers
    for an instrument rating.

How much will it cost?
The cost depends greatly on how you divide the time. Some people choose to do all their cross country time with an instructor which will cover all of the hours required to get the instrument rating. Others choose to fly alone or with friend for their cross country hours and then come fly with an instructor at Brett Aviation to finish only what hours are required.

What opportunities are available?
With an instrument rating you still have all the privileges of a private pilot certificate with one big advantage. You may now fly in the clouds. This will open up more days available for flying during the year. With an instrument rating you will also gain great confidence in your flying skills.

Is there financing available?
Yes, we are entitled to offer financing through Pilot Finance, Inc. With Pilot Finance you can finance all or part of your training. Then it’s as easy as making a small monthly payment.


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