The FAA instrument rating (IR) refers to the qualifications that a pilot must have in order to fly under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules). This rating requires the applicant to hold an FAA private pilot or commercial pilot certificate. The most significant value of flying under IFR is the ability to fly into instrument meteorological conditions (such as inside the clouds) and operating in Class A airspace.

Entry Requirements:

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Hold a valid FAA Private Pilot Certificate
  3. Be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language
  4. Hold a valid FAA Class 3 Medical Certificate
  5. Must have iPad (compatible with ForeFlight)


  • 22.0 Hours Cessna 172 (Glass) Single Engine Aircraft
  • 15.0 Hours AATD Single Engine Simulator
  • 35.0 Hours Dual Flight Instruction
  • 20.0 Hours Classroom Ground School
  • 10.0 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefings
  • 17.0 Hours Fuel Surcharges
  • FAA Instrument Rating Study Materials

International Students: This program does not include fees associated for the student visa or TSA background/fingerprinting fees. All training is conducted at the Merritt Island facility.

Items Not Included:

  • Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • FAA Knowledge Exam
  • FAA Designated Pilot Examiner
  • Pilot Supplies (uniform, headset, fuel strainer, charts)

Note: This program is based on our training curriculum minimum requirements. In some cases, training over the minimums may occur, which will result in an additional expense.