Intro to IFR Question #3 - What are the instrument rating requirements?


What are the instrument rating requirements? 


There are six requirements needed to earn an instrument rating

1) Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language

2) Hold a Private or Commercial pilot license certificate

3) Complete an accredited ground school 

4) Complete IFR flight training 

      a) 50 hours of cross-country as PIC (at least 10 in an airplane) 

      b) 40 hours of instrument time (simulated or actual) to include 15 hours of instruction

5) Pass an FAA-written knowledge test 

6) Complete your practical test (checkride) with an FAA examiner 


Sporty’s Instrument Rating Course provides the necessary ground training as well as study guides for the FAA-written knowledge test, and a checkride prep module. 


Chris caught the aviation bug at the age of seven when he was able to sit in the cockpit of a 737 between flights, thanks to his aunt working at a large airline. Countless balsa wood flyers and multi-stage rockets later, he enrolled in the Aviation Technology Program at the University of Cincinnati and successfully turned a fascination into a career. “One of my most memorable flights was flying my dad to a local airport with a restaurant just off the ramp known for their generously portioned ribs. I’ll never forget that day with passenger #1.” As the Director of Search Marketing at Sporty’s, Chris is tasked with managing online advertising and search engine optimization but he still loves to search for new products.

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