Instrument Rating

Instrument flight training deepens your understanding of subjects covered in private pilot training and incorporates specific knowledge related to flying in instrument meteorological conditions. Instrument-rated pilots can file IFR flight plans, allowing them to fly through clouds and navigate challenging airspace in a safer way and with greater ease.

Course Description

At First Landings Aviation Pilot Center, we will teach you to perfect your instrument flying skills by flying in actual weather conditions, as well as what factors to consider when making a go/no-go decision. Our instructors have experience in almost all weather conditions and we encourage students to gain that experience with us before attempting it on their own voluntarily or involuntarily. We try to cater our training to each individual student. Depending on your schedule you may be interested in our self-paced training option or our accelerated immersion course.

Your Roadmap

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Time Building
Instrument Training
Instrument Checkride
Instrument Add-on Acheived

What Do You Need to Start?

In order to obtain your instrument rating, you must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language proficiently and be at least 17 years of age. You will also need a medical certificate (third class or better) from an FAA approved aviation medical examiner (AME), proof of U.S citizenship or TSA approval, as well as a private pilot certificate.

Checkride Information

A check-ride is an essential part of the pilot certification process that includes both a flight test and an oral exam. During a check-ride, a designated pilot examiner (DPE) assesses the pilot's ability to operate an aircraft safely and proficiently. The examination covers various aspects, including flight maneuvers, navigation, emergency procedures, communication skills, and a thorough understanding of aviation regulations.


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Eligibility Requirements
  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language proficiently
  • Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course on the aeronautical knowledge areas that apply to the instrument rating sought
  • Have an instructor certify that you are prepared for the required knowledge test
  • Receive and log training on the areas of operation
  • Have an instructor certify that you are prepared for the required practical test
  • Pass the knowledge test on aeronautical knowledge
  • Pass the practical test
  • Preflight preparation
  • Preflight procedures
  • Air traffic control clearances and procedures
  • Flight by reference to instruments
  • Navigation systems
  • Instrument approach procedures
  • Emergency operations
  • Post-flight procedures
aeronautical experience
  • 50 hours of cross-country as pilot in command, 10 hours in an airplane
  • 40 hours of instrument time of which 15 hours must have been dual received from an instructor who holds an instrument-airplane rating and the instrument time includes:
  • (a) 3 hours of instrument flight training from an instructor in an airplane that is appropriate to the instrument-airplane rating within 2 calendar months before the date of the practical test
  • (b) Instrument flight training on cross country flight procedures, including one cross country flight in an airplane with an instructor, that is performed under instrument flight rules, when a flight plan has been filed with an air traffic control facility, and that involves:
  • (i) A flight of 250 nautical miles along airways or by directed routing from an air traffic control facility
  • (ii) An instrument approach at each airport
  • (iii) Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems
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Pilot Programs

Aircraft Rental hours
Flight Instruction hours
Ground Instruction hours
Total program cost (USD)
Sport Pilot
Pilot Kit
Private Pilot
Pilot Kit
Instrument Rating
Commercial SEL
Multi-Engine Add-on

Rental & Service Rates

Hourly Rental Rate
Block Rate (50+ hrs)
Instruction Rate
The Tecnam P92 Eaglet
Plane Model
The Piper Cherokee 140
Plane Model
The Cessna 172
Plane Model
The Piper 100i
Plane Model
The Tecnam P2006t
Plane Model

Wondering how to pay?

First Landings offers financing options with the ability to finance 100% of your flight training for reasonable rates. The application process is fairly quick and most applicants have received short response times. Feel free to ask us questions about our partner financing programs.

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We offer a 1-hour discovery flight to give you the opportunity to experience taking to the air. A certified flight instructor will demonstrate preflight and flying techniques before you climb aboard, will taxi down the runway and before you know it, you are in the air! During the flight, you will have the opportunity to control the plane through the sky and try out several maneuvers before the pilot takes over again for landing. At the subsequent debriefing, guests pen their first logbook entry and review their performance.


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“These group of pilots and trainers are professional and experienced. They have a diverse training staff. So whether it’s age, gender, or personality you are seeking then First Landings may be the place for you. As an executive of this firm my schedule is packed. The team here works with me all the time to ensure I have consistent flight time flying the aircraft I prefer. I am satisfied i choose them for my flight instruction. Come and try a discovery flight.“

- Mark Anderson

“I want to thank everyone on the first landings team for everything that they did for me to get me to my private pilots certification. Everyone was great to work with and be around. The energy they bring is awesome. I want to give a special shout out to Sean. I did most of my training with him. This guy knows his stuff! He has experience, professionalism and most of all patience. Awesome instructor.“

- Ryan Gonzalez

“Started my aviation training here and had an amazing experience. I was able to pass my written test and private pilots check-ride on the first attempt for both, due to the amazing training i received. They have very experienced flight instructors there that want to see you strive. The pricing is very reasonable and the aircraft are well maintained. Any issue I found they addressed it right away and get it safely resolved.“

- Bradley Doss

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If you have any questions about our school and programs or would like to schedule a tour please give us a call or send us a message. We look forward to helping you realize your dreams of flight.

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