Instrument Ratings for Aircraft Owners

You’ve earned your private pilot certificate and enjoyed the opportunity to view the world from a new perspective. After gaining experience, you realize that you could increase your flying opportunities with an instrument rating. Your instrument rating will allow you to fly “solely by reference to instruments,” meaning that you can fly in areas of clouds and reduced visibility.

“One of the most rewarding experiences in aviation is to fly in IMC conditions, navigate without ever seeing the ground, avoid traffic, obstacles, and terrain, and yet descend out of the clouds in perfect alignment in the runway on the proper glidepath to conduct a graceful landing at an airport several states away from where you started.”

Instrument Rating Requirements (61.65):

  • Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Receive and log ground training from an authorized instrument instructor
  • Receive logbook endorsement in preparation for the instrument practical test (check-ride)
  • Pass required written instrument knowledge test
  • Flight Time Requirements for the Instrument Rating:
    • 50 hours PIC Cross-Country (at least 10 in airplane)
    • 40 hours Actual or Simulated Instrument
    • 15 hours Flight Instruction towards Instrument Rating
  • Instrument Cross-Country  Training:
    • 250 nautical miles
    • Instrument approach at each airport
    • 3 different kinds of approaches

Your Instrument Training

If you are a VFR-only pilot, you have probably cancelled a flight due to weather at some point.  Low clouds, reduced visibility, and even a thin broken layer of clouds can get in the way of our flight plans without an instrument rating.  Although an instrument rating doesn’t guarantee your ability to fly into ALL weather conditions, it does drastically improve your chances of completing your flight as planned while increasing your safety along the way.  Instrument training increases your piloting skills and flight proficiency, while teaching you methods of instrument navigation, instrument scan, and interpretation.

Instrument Training in Your Airplane

Most flight schools train renters in traditional training planes, like 172s.  HPA, on the other hand, specializes in providing instrument training for owners of technically advanced aircraft (TAA), such as the following aircraft:

  • Cessna 172S G1000
  • Cessna 182T G1000
  • Cessna T182T G1000
  • Cessna 206H G1000
  • Cessna T206H G1000
  • Cessna 350 Corvalis
  • Cessna 400 Corvalis TT
  • Lancair Columbia 300
  • Lancair Columbia 350
  • Lancair Columbia 400
  • Cirrus SR20
  • Cirrus SR22
  • Cirrus SR22TN
  • Cirrus SR22T

We can assist you with instrument training in the Houston area and throughout the United States.  Some people find it convenient to set aside a few weeks to fly to Houston and focus exclusively on instrument training, while getting away from the distractions of home and work.  We will arrange a custom plan that fits your needs and training goals.

For more information on getting your instrument rating in your airplane, contact us today!