Become an Instrument Rated Pilot

This 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 and Cessna 172. A combination of these two 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.

What can Instrument 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)

What are the Limitations?

  • You cannot fly for hire

  • You must share expenses pro-rata

Instrument Pilot Requirements

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.

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

  • You must hold a valid/current FAA medical certificate 

  • You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight training

    • You can log up to 20 hours in our Redbird FMX Full Motion Simulator!​ This is a great cost saving training option, especially when you take advantage of our Simulator Membership.

  • You must pass a FAA Instrument Pilot Knowledge Test

  • You must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English


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