Cleared for the Approach!
There is nothing like flying a precision approach to an airport that is near minimum weather conditions….low and behold, you break out of the clouds and the runway is lit up like a Christmas tree right in front of you, welcoming you to land!
The Instrument rating will allow you to use your Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot rating Most efficiently. You will be qualified to fly above the clouds and land in conditions that would otherwise ground you. The training you will receive will make you a sharper pilot in all areas, and will greatly build your confidence.
What will I learn?
The instrument pilot must be proficient in flying solely by reference to instruments. You will get quite good at your instrument scan and cockpit management skills. Earning the rating also calls for an in depth understanding of the ATC system, Advanced Navigation and Communication as well as a well versed understanding of Meteorology and weather analysis. There is plenty to learn and master in this rating.
Eligibility Requirements for Instrument Rating
The regulations require that you log 40 hours of instrument flight training toward the rating. This training is best completed in a time frame that is fairly compact. Tropicbird offers a 21 day accelerated instrument-training program. We can also tailor the training program around your personal work and every day life schedule to make it more realistic with the time you can afford to spend.
- Private Pilot Certificate
- Third Class Medical Certificate
- 50 hours cross country pilot in command
- 40 hours instrument flying experience
- Pass an FAA Instrument written test
- Pass an FAA Instrument Practical Test (Final check ride)
So what will it cost?
You will not find more value for your investment in flight training anywhere on the Big Island. Chief Instructor, Mike Lauro has over 20 years helping pilots earn their instrument ratings and knows just how to guide you through this challenging program. The cost of earning any of the pilot certificates ultimately depends on how well you bring it all together and progress through your training. Ideally the best formula for success is to plan out your time and finances to concentrate on your goals at hand. The most ideal plan would be to attend classes two or three times a week and put in a few hours of study every day. If you have the means, we can set up an accelerated training program around your personal schedule and complete your training in as little as three to six weeks.
One big advantage we have at our school is our awesome Flight Simulator. Our full motion CR-12 allows you to log up to 20 hours of instrument instruction toward your rating. It is most realistic, and the training you get from this system will not only greatly enhanse you leaning but you will save a few thousand bucks!
|20 hours Cessna 172M dual flight instruction||$6,100|
|20 hours CR-12 Flight Simulator dual instruction log able toward rating||$3,100|
|15 hours ground instruction and briefings||$1,350|
|Books and supplies||$200|
Instrument flying is when your mind gets a grip on the fact that there is vision beyond sight. U.S. Navy Approach magazine circa WW II.