Nashville’s Choice for Pilot Training

Instrument Rating


  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought.
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

Training Time

  • At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.
  • A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c)
  • At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought
  • A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing.


  • Sporty’s Instrument Syllabus (optional)
  • Foggles
  • Foreflight
  • Shepphard Air Test Prep