Instrument Rating


  • You must hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate.
  • You must be able to read, speak, write and understand English.
  • You must receive Instrument ground instruction.
  • You must hold a current medical certificate.
  • You must pass a written examination with a score of 70% or better.
  • You must have logged 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time of which
    • at least 15 hours is instrument flight instruction, including
      • one IFR flight of 250 NM along airways or ATC directed routing with approaches at each airport,
      • three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems.
    • At least 3 hours of instrument training must be accomplished in preparation for the practical test within the 60 days preceding the test.
  • You must have logged 50 hours of PIC on cross-country flights to airports more than 50 NM from the point of departure (includes student pilot solo cross-country). 10 of these hours must be in an airplane for an instrument airplane rating.
  • You must successfully complete a flight test.


Approximate Minimum Costs

Airplane Fees (40 hours) $6600*
Instructor Fees (15 hours) $750*
Ground School $350
Checkride Test Prep $250
Pilot Supplies $100
Total $8050

Approximate Average Costs

Airplane Fees (40 hours) $6600*
Instructor Fees (40 hours) $2000*
Ground School $350
Checkride Test Prep $250
Pilot Supplies $100
Total $9300

Costs do not include: Examiner Fees ($450), Medical Fees ($150), Written Test Fees ($150), or Club Dues ($360/year). Costs shown here are approximate and are listed for demonstrative purposes.
* These hours can be reduced if you already have logged IFR time (hood/actual).



If you do not have your own aircraft, we recommend joining the Indiana Pilots Club, which has a number of different aircraft available for use at all our Flight Training Centers locations.

Materials and Equipment

You will need the following items by the conclusion of your flight training: FAR/AIM, Sectional Map, Flight Computer, Plotter, Textbook, Pilot Logbook, Written Test Guide, PTS, Oral Prep Guide.

(Most of these items are included in our “IFR Rating Kit“.)

Payment Options

Option #1: Pay as you go by either deposting money on account before or after each flight.
Option #2: Pay an advance payment of any amount and receive an additional 10% credit on your account. For example if you deposit $7000 you will receive a $700 credit, $1000 will give you a credit of $100.  Ten percent additional credit is only available one time.


Club Member Rate $50/hour
Non-Member Rate $55/hour


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