Instrument Rating Course

The instrument rating course is designed to provide the applicant with the skills and knowledge necessary to maneuver the aircraft solely by reference to the aircraft instruments.

This rating will allow the holder, the privilege to fly in weather that normally would be prohibited for the non-instrument rated pilot. Since more often than not, a commercial pilot will be required to fly his or her aircraft on a fixed scheduled, it is imperative that the skills necessary to operate in weather conditions that would otherwise be unfavorable for VFR (visual flight rules) be mastered before undertaking such a flight.
It is a valuable and indispensable skill that is sometimes called the pilots “best insurance policy”. In practice, most instrument training flights are conducted under “simulated” conditions. This is achieved by using what is called a view-limiting device. A device worn by the trainee that restricts the pilot from seeing outside the aircraft for the purpose of simulating flying in the clouds and other possible visual impairment, due to the weather reducing the visibility in flight.

Entry Requirements


  • 17 years or older
  • Police Report
  • JCAA Medical Certificate Category 2
  • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Two passport size photographs
  • Private Pilot Certificate

Training Break-Down


Training Aircraft: Cessna 172 SP
  • Training
  • Hours
  • Cost Per Hour
  • Total
  • Ground School
  • 40
  • US $40.00
  • US $1,600.00
  • Flight Training
  • 12
  • US $290.00
  • US $3,480.00
  • Simulator
  • 30
  • US $140.00
  • US $4,200.00
  • Instrument CPC Kit
  • -
  • -
  • US $400.00
  • Renter's Insurance
  • -
  • -
  • US $350.00
  • Examiner Fee
  • -
  • -
  • US $300.00
  • Total Estimated Cost
  • -
  • -
  • US $10,340.00


Additional Information

YOU MUST HAVE LOGGED 50 HOURS PIC X-COUNTRY TIME BEFORE YOU CAN SIT THE JCAA INSTRUMENT CHECK-RIDE PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION.