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Instrument Pilot Training

Becoming an Instrument Rated pilot is straightforward, although it does require focus, determination, and the development of proficiency and knowledge. Our mission at PlaneSmart! is to make you the safest and best pilot possible. Acquiring the Instrument Rating requires a minimum of 40 hours of training - the actual amount of time depends on the commitment and study time devoted to achieving the objective.

An Instrument Rating increases a pilot's comfort level, safety, flexibility, and confidence when dealing with Air Traffic Control and flying in the National Airspace System. Simply stated, with an Instrument Rating, you will become a more secure and competent pilot. The Instrument Rating Program is a three phase course: Basic Attitude Instrument flying (BAI), Instrument Cross Country flying (XC), and IFR Approach Procedures (IAP).

Phase 1: Basic attitude instrument flying (BAI) . You will learn to control the aircraft using the flight instrument in the cockpit of the airplane. You will pratice flying the airplane straight and level, perform turns, climbs and descents, and other maneuvers all by reference to instruments.

Phase 2: Cross Country (XC). You will learn about the IFR enroute structure, including planning and flying IFR cross county flights using GPS and VOR navigation. You will learn to file IFR flight plans, copy clearances, fly in controlled airspace and along "Victor" airways, and fly safely in the National Airspace System. You will fly into real "scenario based" flying conditions in which you will fly cross county flights that encompass various airspace and weather systems, and in doing so you will gain valuble actual time in the Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC).

Phase 3: IFR Approach Procedures (IAP). You fly actual IFR approaches and will learn ILS, VOR, GPS, DME arcs, and all other procedures that transition you from the en-route Airway structure to landing on the runway. During the first two stages you will be introduced to IFR approaches at the end of each Cross Country flight. The training during the third phase will build upon that experience and incorporate missed approach procedures, holds, and circle-to-land approaches. This stage is completed when you pass your IFR written test and IFR check ride*.

Personal Commitment: The PlaneSmart! Instrument Pilot program for the discriminating individual that demands the very best. Here's why...

  • Learn to fly at your pace!
  • You'll learn from highly experienced Cirrus instructor pilots.
  • You'll fly and train in the very latest, technically advanced aircraft.
  • Cirrus Airframe Parachute System for added peace of mind.