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The Instrument rating is a great option for anyone looking to become a safer pilot, have more flexibility when flying, or anyone interested in entering a career in aviation. An instrument rating allows you to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) which includes Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) and Class Alpha airspace. 

CHI offers this training using our Redbird FMX, Van's RV-12iS and Cessna 172's. A combination of the simulator and aircraft will enhance your learning while reducing the overall cost. Upon obtaining your rating, our FMX will allow you to maintain both instrument currency and proficiency.



There are several requirements you will need to satisfy before you can earn your Instrument Rating. CHI Aerospace can help you achieve all of them and ensure you’re ready – and able – to take off and enjoy your time in the sky. Below are the requirements you have to complete in order to earn your Instrument Rating: 

Hold A PPL

You must at least hold a current private pilot certificate, or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate

40 Hours Of Flight Training

You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of Instrument flight training. You can log up to 20 hours in our Redbird FMX Full Motion Simulator!​ This is a great cost saving training option.

Hold a Valid Medical Certificate

You must have a valid Medical Certificate.

Read, Write, Speak, and Understand English

You must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.

Pass the FAA Knowledge Written Exam

You must pass the FAA Sport Pilot Knowledge Written Test.


What Can Instrument Rated Pilots Do?

  • You can fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and fly into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)

  • You can fly into class Alpha airspace

  • You can use the full available resource of Air Traffic Control (ATC)

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