Instrument Rating

Flying with an Instrument Rating (IR) expands the flight territory in which a pilot can safely operate. You will learn how to safely fly in inclement weather and be licensed to do so. This is unlike the PPL, which operates under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). The IR certification is supplementary to the Private Pilot or Commercial licenses. It qualifies the pilot to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Having this capability affords new opportunities personally and professionally. You must meet certain prerequisites to pursue your IR.

Instrument Rating requirements

  • Hold a valid Privet Pilot License (PPL) with a night rating.
  • Have a Class 1 medical.
  • Pass the SACAA required examination.
  • Completed 50 hours of cross-country time as pilot in command (PIC).
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of instrument flight time, 20 of which may be completed on approved simulators. If a multi-engine instrument rating is sought, a minimum of 5 hours instrument flight time must be acquired in a multi-engine aircraft.
  • Pass practical flight test, conducted by a Grade 1 Designated Flight Examiner (DFE).
  • Be the holder of a General Radio Telephony license.

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