Instrument Rating

Boost your weather confidence, lower your insurance premiums, and experience the joys of cloud surfing.

Getting Started

Instrument flying is a rewarding challenge. The Private Pilot skillset must be tightened and refined because flying itself is only half of the job. Instrument pilots must comfortably aviate, navigate, communicate, plan, and brief without outside visual reference. For their hard work, they are rewarded with the confidence of operating in a non-visual environment and the satisfaction of watching a runway suddenly appear at the end of a flight. An instrument rating is also a fun way to reduce insurance premiums, polish one’s skill as an aviator, and for career-focused pilots is an introduction to the procedural world in which most professional pilots live.

Instrument training begins by focusing on your basic instrument skills and advancing toward progressively more complicated procedures including navigating airways, managing emergencies, and briefing and flying approaches.

Our Training Philosophy

While very fun, instrument flying is busy and complex. For this reason, the “big picture” focus that we deliver is more important than ever. There is minimal tolerance for low situational awareness or procedural confusion in the instrument environment. In this course we encourage pilots to use simple models, habits, and briefing strategies to simplify instrument flying in the interest of safety. We also encourage repetition-based exercises to drill the fundamental knowledge that instruments pilots need to ace their written test, and fly confidently in the instrument world.

Included in the Course:

Hours of short, easy-to-follow lecture content.

As in all of our courses, the content backbone is concise, simple lecture videos that make concepts click. Instrument flying is cognitively intense, and we all have only so much thinking power. The lecture videos encourage a broad understand of concepts so we don’t burn out our brains trying to fly an approach.

Full access to our resources library.

Our instrument resources include an IFR regulations summary, end of course study guide, flashcard questions, and visual references to simplify instrument airspace, holding, and procedures.

Course Instructor

Instructor and co-founder Andrew Moon

Andrew Moon

Andrew is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor, Instrument Ground Instructor, Part 141 Chief Instructor, and corporate jet pilot. The majority of his weekly instrument flying is in the challenging low-level environment where nearly all instrument pilots start out! On any given day, he can be found “shooting approaches” in a variety of light singles, twins, and jets.

Frequently Asked Questions

What written test will this course prepare me for?

This course prepares students for the FAA Instrument Rating Airplane (IRA) written test.

How long does the course take to complete?

The exact timeframe will vary by student, but plan for 80 hours of time between watching lectures, making flashcards, and studying the content.

Who is eligible for instrument training?

Most fundamentally, instrument applicants must already be licensed Private or Commercial pilots.

Do I need to complete the course in a set timeframe?

Nope! However, if you think it may take you a while, you may consider purchasing the course up front, instead of choosing a subscription option. It will likely be cheaper for you in the long-run.