Having you instrument rating is a crucial tool when becoming a safer pilot or a professional pilot. Most aviation companies are requiring instrument ratings for all of their new pilot candidates. The instrument rating allows you to get in and out of locations that have less than ideal weather condition and makes you a much better pilot when relying on your instruments.
Be at least 18 years old
Currently have at least a Fixed Wing Private Pilot License
Hold at least a current FAA Third Class Medical Certificate
Acquire at least 50 hours of XC (cross-country) flight time as PIC (Pilot In Command), 10 hours of which must have been in an airplane
Acquire at least 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, including a minimum of 15 hours of instrument flight training from a Flight Instructor certified to teach the instrument rating (CFII)
Pass FAA written test (knowledge exam) and checkride (practical test)
American Aviation provides a multitude of pricing options for the Instrument Rating.
1. Block Time - Purchase 10 hours of flight instruction and get an extra hour for free!
2. Pay As You Go
3. Packages - American Aviation provides an all inclusive training package for the Instrument Rating. Pricing changes based on the airplane. For a Diamond instrument training package the cost is $13,500. This includes 10 hours of flight instruction in a Diamond DA20, 30 hours of flight instruction in a Diamond DA40 or Cessna 172/Piper Archer, all necessary books & materials, 10 hours of simulator flight instruction, 40 hours of ground instruction, one practical test fee and one written test fee.