Instrument Rating

Days with reduced visibility and unfavorable cloud coverage mean that you will be grounded with just a private pilot certificate, however, an instrument rating allows you to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) during weather conditions in which Visual Flight Rules (VFR) are not permitted to be operated in.

In order to obtain this rating individuals must have a minimum of thirty-five (35) hours of instrument instruction in an FAA Part 141 flight school (Part 61 flight schools required a minimum of forty (40) hours). Realistically most students require an average of fifty (50) hours of flight training prior to being confident enough to complete a checkride, students must also complete a written FAA exam.

Multi-Engine Rating

Both individuals that are looking to fly for pleasure and professionally will need a multi-engine rating in order to operate aircraft with more than one engine; this is a requirement for individuals that are looking to pursue a career as a corporate or airline pilot, however, many pilots elect to obtain this rating simply to increase their flying skills and ability to fly larger aircraft. To earn a multi-engine rating, there is no specific hourly requirement set by the FAA, or written examination, but you will have to pass a flight test with an FAA Designated Examiner.