Instrument Pilot Training

An instrument rating isn’t a license, but rather an add-on to an existing Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate. It allows you to act as PIC (Pilot In Command) of an airplane during IFR conditions (inside clouds, low visibility, etc.) as well as in Class A airspace. Instrument training centers around becoming proficient at flight solely by reference to instruments, and also includes more in-depth study of weather and rules and procedures that apply during IFR conditions.

Obtaining an instrument rating requires dedication and effort, but the payoff is tremendous. As an instrument-rated pilot, it’s much more likely that you’ll be able to complete a planned flight because weather conditions are less of a factor.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Provide proof of US citizenship or complete the TSA flight training application
  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language
  • Obtain at least a 3rd class FAA Medical Certificate
  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge Test
  • Accumulate 50 hours of pilot-in-command cross country experience
  • Accumulate 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time
  • Satisfactorily complete a Check Ride


The required times above reflect the minimum requirements for the Instrument Rating. We at Genesis are in the business of making exceptional pilots. To be exceptional takes more that the minimum effort and proficiency is king. Because of our commitment to excellence our course takes closer to the national average of 60 to 65 flight hours to complete.