Instrument Rating

Instrument Requires:

  • 50 hours of cross-country time logged
  • 40 hours of Simulated OR Actual IFR
  • Private Pilot Certificate

Instrument Training

Obtaining an instrument rating is the biggest step you can take towards becoming a safer, more knowledgable, and more professional pilot. Instrument training will teach you precise control of the aircraft by reference only to instruments. You will also learn the full intricacies of airspace and regulations. With an instrument rating you can feel free to take that trip you’ve been considering, without the worry of being delayed due to weather or low ceilings. As an instrument pilot you will gain valuable and advanced knowledge and skills that will make your flying safer, more convenient, and more versatile. At Zone Aviation we utilize new, glass cockpit equipped aircraft to ensure you get the most up-to-date training and experience. We also offer the option to start your training in our FAA certified flight training device (simulator). Our full cockpit sim is a valuable tool that will precisely hone your skills before you even start your dual instrument training in the aircraft. Utilizing this tool makes obtaining your instrument rating with Zone Aviation more efficient and less expensive. Zone has a Redbird FMX full-motion simulator that can be configured for either the Glass cockpit of a C172SP or a Cirrus SR20/SR22. A large portion of ┬átime in the simulator counts too!

How long will it take to get my Instrument Rating?

The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of simulated or actual instrument flight to be eligible for certification. At least 15 hours of this must be accomplished with an authorized instrument instructor (CFII) The time required can be as little as several weeks if you enroll in our accelerated training program but whether it’s weeks or months is up to you. Immerse yourself in flight instruction several times a week or spread it out over several months, the choice is yours.

What are the steps to get my certificate?

  1. Prepare for the written test. From the first flight with your instructor you’ll need to study along the way in preparation for your written exam which is usually taken towards the end of you flight training for a self-paced program, or taken before training begins for an accelerated program.
  2. Dual Instruction. At least 15 of the required 40 hours of instrument flight has to be accomplished with a CFII. The remainder can be flown with a safety pilot if you choose.
  3. Cross Country Flight. One long IFR cross country flight is required. At least one leg of the three leg trip must have a straight line distance of at least 250 nautical miles. Additionally, three different types of instrument approaches must be flown during this flight.
  4. Oral and Practical Test. Once you meet all the flight training requirements and you instructor believes you are proficient… you are ready for the check ride. This check ride is composed of a oral examination and a hands-on flight in the aircraft with an FAA designated examiner. The check ride examines your knowledge, practices and proficiency at the control’s of the aircraft via reference to instruments only.

What type of aircraft will I fly?

Here at Zone Aviation our instrument students train in current model glass cockpit Cirrus SR-20 and SR-22

Zone Aviation currently operates 1 SR-20 and 1 SR-22, as well as a Piper Arrow

The sky is the limit… Are you ready for takeoff?

Don’t wait any longer! Contact one of our experienced instructors today!

Sharpen your skills… Get your instrument rating!

Why choose Zone Aviation for your instrument training?

We have the equipment and experienced flight instructors to fulfill your dreams of flight. Whether you just want to learn to fly for recreation or intend to make it a career, Zone Aviation will make your dream a reality through our proven flight training program. Experience the Zone Aviation difference!