Piedmont Flight Training

Instrument rating


A Private Pilot Certificate is the first step to becoming a pilot. The certificate provides the foundational knowledge and skills for all future aircraft pilot training.


Learn the fundamental steps for flying in adverse weather conditions. 


Learn to master the airplane and achieve the necessary rating to fly for hire.

Flight Instructor

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.  Help shape the next generation of pilots.  At the same time, build your flight time towards your career pilot goal.  

Earning your Instrument Rating is the next logical step after earning your Private Pilot License.  The rating is supplementary to the Private Pilot and Commercial Rating.   It qualifies the pilot to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Having this capability affords new opportunities personally and professionally

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).

Instrument Rating Prerequisites

  • Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate

Checkride Completion Requirements

  • Minimum 40 Hours of Simulated or Actual Instrument

  • Minimum of 15 hours of instruction from a CFII

  • Minimum 50 hours Cross Country as Pilot in Command

  • Written Oral and Practical Exam

Average Cost: $8,000
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