Instrument Rating Course

Head in the Clouds

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

Instrument Flying

On instruments, flying is only half the job. By aviating, navigating, communicating, planning, and briefing without outside visual reference, instrument pilots are rewarded with the view of a runway emerging from the cloud bases—and with the confidence that they can stay safe, even when they can’t see outside.

An instrument rating reduces insurance premiums, polishes us as aviators, and introduces the procedural world where most professional pilots operate.

Our Training Philosophy

Instrument flying is busy and complex, and demands situational awareness. We prioritize building pilots’ instrument flying mental models to emphasize aircraft control, situational awareness, contingency planning, and decision-making.

Here’s what’s in your course.

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

Simple lectures designed to make concepts click.

Full access to our resources library.

Full-color visuals, practice exercises, and a comprehensive study guide.

Mock Exams

Graduate by passing two 60-question FAA-style practice exams with a minimum score of 90%.

Exam Endorsement

After you graduate, you’ll be automatically endorsed to take the FAA IRA written exam.

Practice Exercises

Learn your hold entries through repetition!

Instructor Chat

Direct message your course instructor via our built-in chat.

Regular Updates

Our courses aren’t stagnant. We’re constantly making improvements to enhance our students’ learning experience.

Practical Focus

Coursework is focused on practical ways to maintain situational awareness in the instrument environment.

Course Overview

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to translate VFR stick-and-rudder skills to the instrument environment
  • Improve weather proficiency to include knowing when it’s not safe, even with an instrument rating
  • Competence in IFR planning and decision making
  • Understanding the general structure of the instrument environment, including regulations
  • Proficiency in IFR procedures including ground operations, takeoff, departures, en-route, arrivals, and approaches

Time Commitment

40-50 hours of dedicated study.

Materials Required

All you need is a web browser and internet connection!

Quizzes / Exams

10 review quizzes and 2 end of course exams.


Students graduate when they pass the end of course exams with 90% or better.

Instructor Team

Experienced CFIIs who’ve flown IFR in everything from a steam-gauge Cessna 152 to a Boeing 737.

Practical Focus

Instrument training tends to be “bookish” but not prepare students for the real IFR environment. We’re changing that.

Course Content

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Andrew Moon

Andrew is an experienced Certificated Flight Instructor — Instrument (CFII) and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and spends a lot of time in challenging weather flying 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 40-50 hours of time between watching lectures, making flashcards, and studying the content.

  • Who is eligible to earn an instrument rating?

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

  • Do I need to complete the course in a specific 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.