Training for an instrument rating in our advanced DA40 G1000 aircraft with WAAS capability will provide an excellent foundation for personal flying or transitioning to modern high performance aircraft for a professional career. 

Each program is tailored to the client’s schedule needs and goals. Our instrument course is divided into 3 stages, consisting of ground and flight lessons. In the first stage, the client will learn to control the aircraft by reference to instruments and to navigate using the instrument systems on board the aircraft. In stage 2, the student will learn to fly instrument procedures, such as DME arcs, holds and instrument approaches. Finally, stage 3 teaches enroute procedures while completing cross-country flights and reviewing all previously learned material.


FAR Part 61.65(d) requires the following experience to earn an instrument rating:

  • 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, of which 15 hours must have been received from a CFII, including:
    • 3 hours of instrument from a CFII within 2 calendar months before the date of the practical test
    • Instrument flight training on cross-country flights, including one dual cross country performed under IFR when a flight plan has been filed with ATC and the flight is at least 250 nm along airways or direct routing from ATC, there is an instrument approach at each airport, with at least 3 different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems.
Starting with the minimum 3 hours of instrument time acquired during private pilot training, an instrument course can be completed in about 14 days. Often, ground study and additional simulated instrument time is aquired prior to beginning the course, which can reduce the time and cost to achive the rating. All instrument students are provided a customized syllabus and schedule based on their experience and scheduling needs.