"The highest art form of all is a human being in control of himself and his airplane in flight, urging the spirit of a machine to match his own"

— Richard Bach

Instrument Rating

An instrument rating is an add on course to your private pilot certificate that usually takes an additional 40 hours. An instrument rating gives you the ability to fly through clouds by focusing on your instruments and not your vision. By getting an instrument rating, you have genuinely unrestricted yourself in flying.

What can you do with your course named?

The FAA regulations require that you log 40 hours of instrument flight training. This training should be completed in a reasonably short time frame.

Basic Requirements

Cost for a Instument rating is about $7000

Do you offer financing options?

To make sure money is not a deterrent in your training we recommend pilot financing. For as little as $170 a month we can make sure your dream will not be hindered by cost.
We work with AOPA Finance. They can finance everything from just your private pilot certificate to your full career in aviation.

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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to become a pilot?

Timeline, one of those common questions we get is how long does it take? Becoming a pilot does have minimum hours requirements, but is based on proficiency and coming in an average of three times a week, for an hour and a half lesson, you can expect to finish in less than 90 days.

Should I start flight training right now?

In the piloting world, we use many checklists, this is to make sure that we don’t skip any steps and make sure we are safe. The most important list is the checklist on yourself to determine if you can fly, we recommend that you have your life totally in order and you’re able to focus 100% on flight training. If you are opening up a business, working 12 hours a day, studying at school, or have any significant life changes we recommend you hold off on flight training until you can dedicate at least three days a week to fly and time to study as well.

How much does it cost for a private pilot license (PPL)?

The honest answer is it depends. You need a minimum of 40 hours, and that is possible, but the average is about 65. It would be best if you planned to take you 65 hours and be pleasantly surprised when you finish at 40.

What are the requirements to get a private pilots license (PPL)?

Private Pilot License Requirements: FAR 61.102
1.) Be at least 17 years old.
2.) Read, speak, and understand English.
3.) Pass an FAA Class three flight physical exam.
4.) Pass the FAA Private Pilot written test.
5.) Take and pass the FAA final Practical Test.
Minimum Flight Experience Requirements:
The FAA regulations require that students complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight training, with a minimum of 20 hours with an instructor and 10 hours solo flight time. Most students require additional hours of training to be proficient and be ready to pass the final Practical Test.

What can I do with a private pilots license?

With a private pilot certificate, your limits are few, and your possibilities are endless. You can fly nationally or internationally with your family and friends as passengers. You’re only limits being allowed to operate the aircraft in clear weather, and you were not allowed to fly for compensation.

Why would I want to get an instrument rating?

To fully appreciate and get the full mobility of flying there should be no restrictions; even clouds. An instrument rating gives you the ability to fly every day not just only when it’s sunny out.

How do I make this a career?

The better question is; would you call flying a job or a hobby that you can get paid to do? If your job asked you tomorrow to come into work, but they can’t pay you, would you go? In many of our cases probably not. Now somebody asked you to fly a plane, and they wouldn’t pay you would you still do it? If you want a passion career, then a commercial license may be precisely what you should look into next. To get paid for flying you’ll need to obtain a private pilot license, instrument, and commercial rating. To make yourself more competitive, we recommend you get a multi-engine rating and also become an instructor.

What are the requirements to get an Instrument Rating?

1.) Private Pilot Certificate 2.) Third Class Medical Certificate 3.) 50 hours cross country pilot in command 4.) 40 hours instrument flying experience 5.) Pass an FAA Instrument written test 6.) Pass an FAA Instrument Practical Test (Final checkride)

Does Valkyrie Aviation take the GI Bill?

We do accept not the GI Bill; however, the GI Bill only covers certifications after you have received your PPL. To save money, it is better to work with us to get your PPL. Then switch to a part 141 school when you are ready to use your GI Bill.

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