- 1) Hold at least a private pilot certificate.
- 2) Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.
- 3) Hold a current FAA medical certificate.
- 4) Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course,
such as the Cessna Pilot Center Instrument Training Kit. Subjects include:
- a. FARs
- b. IFR-related items in the AIM
- c. ATC system and procedures
- d. IFR navigation
- e. Use of IFR charts
- f. Aviation weather
- g. Operating under IFR
- h. Recognition of critical weather
- i. Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)
- j. Crew Resource Management (CRM)
- 5) Pass the FAA instrument rating knowledge test with a score of 70% or better.
- 6) Accumulate flight experience (FAR 61.65):
- a. 50 hr. of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which at least 10 hr. must be in airplanes:
- 1) The 50 hr. includes solo cross-country time as a student pilot, which is logged as pilot-in-command time.
- 2) Each cross-country must have a landing at an airport that was at least a straight-line distance of more than 50 NM from
the original departure point.
- b. A total of 40 hr. of actual or simulated instrument time in the areas of operation listed in 7. below, including:
- 1) 15 hr. of instrument flight training from a CFII days preceding the practical test
- 2) Cross-country flight procedures that include at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under
IFR and consists of: 1: A distance of at least 250 NM along airways or ATC-directed routing. 2: An instrument approach
at each airport. 3: Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems.
- c. If the instrument training was provided by a CFII, a maximum of 20hr. may be accomplished in an approved flight simulator or flight training device.
- d. Use our Cessna Pilot Center Instrument Training Kit from your first flight lesson to your practical test.
- 7) Demonstrate flight proficiency (FAR 61.65). You must receive and log training, as well as obtain a logbook sign-off (endorsement) from your CFII on the
following areas of operation:
- a. Preflight preparation
- b. Preflight procedures
- c. Air traffic control clearances and procedures
- d. Flight by reference to instruments
- e. Navigation systems
- f. Instrument approach procedures
- g. Emergency operations
- h. Postflight procedures
- 8) Successfully complete the instrument rating practical test, which will be conducted as specified in Cessna Pilot Center Instrument Training Kit.