Instrument Rating

Expand your piloting opportunities with the Instrument Rating Course

Why an Instrument Rating Matters

From airline pilots to business commuters, pilots across the world use Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) to enhance flight safety and to expand their opportunities to fly into new airspaces, altitudes, and weather conditions by tapping into a global aeronautical infrastructure.

The USAeroFlight Instrument Rating Course complements your Private Pilot skills by equipping you with a totally new, and in many cases, safer way of flying that teaches you to rely on your aircraft’s instruments rather than your eyes or inner sense of balance. While a novice pilot may choose to fly by the seat of his pants, professional pilots use tried-and-true scientific methods to get from point A to point B that don’t rely on the more fallible human senses.

Hundreds of general aviation accidents occur every year in the US, dozens of which might have been prevented.


USAeroFlight's PART 141 accelerated program allows pilots to receive their Instrument Rating in as little as 10-12 days.

Advantages of an Instrument Rating:

  1. Earning an instrument rating makes you a better VFR pilot
  2. It’s necessary to get a job as a commercial pilot (almost all jobs)
  3. Airline pilots fly in IFR exclusively (+1 credibility)

Getting your Instrument Rating at USAeroFlight:

USAeroFlight has a 141 course that allows Instrument Rating students to finish in as little as 35 hours rather than the standard 40 hours.

For those who already hold an Instrument Rating for another aviation category (such as helicopter), we have a course that allows you to add on airplane qualifications in just 15 hours. It’s offered as both a Part 141 and Part 61 course.

For folks coming out of the military who wish to convert their helicopter experience into a fixed-wing certificate, the Instrument Rating Add-on can be combined with the Commercial Additional Category and Class course to fully transition from flying helicopters to flying airplanes in just 70 hours of dual flight. Find out more about rotary-to-fixed wing transition training.