Instrument Rating

The instrument rating is a must for any serious pilot, and is known to be one of the most challenging ratings to get. The instrument rating allows you fly in weather minimums less than VFR. Flying without being able to see the ground, or what is around you, will mess with your senses and feelings of orientation. Instrument training is designed so you can become accustomed to those disorientating feelings, tuning them out, and focusing on your cockpit instruments so you can fly safely through low visibility. The instrument rating will make you a far more prepared and confident aviator plus the added flexibility over VFR pilots.


Entry Prerequisites

  • FAA 3rd Class medical

  • Private pilot airplane single-engine land

  • Rental form completed

  • US unexpired Passport or Birth Certificate and government issued Photo ID

  • TSA logbook endorsement

Can I use my iPad instead of purchasing paper charts?

Absolutely! Smart devices are permitted as long as the charts are current and a minimum of 50% battery life will be maintained throughout the flight. Additionally, our aircraft includes a 12v DC outlet for charging your iPad or iPhone, don’t forget your charger! Sunair recommends purchasing Foreflight prior to starting the IFR course.

Is the Redbird simulator permitted for IFR training?

Yes! The FAA permits 40% of the total flight training requirements under FAR part 141 appendix C. This means that 14 hours are approved in the simulator out of the 35 that are required by the FAA. Not too shabby!


Which aircraft should I choose for the IFR rating?

Our most popular is the Cessna 172 with the Garmin 1000, however you can choose other aircraft. If your goal is to become a career pilot, we recommend to utilize a G1000, this would ease the transition to glass cockpit technology is widely used in larger aircraft.


Will the Instrument Rating lower my insurance cost?

Insurance companies generally have lower rates for instrument rated pilots.