Instrument Rating Training Revisited

instrument flight training

With the advent of my new motivation on this blog, comes the desire to start knocking out all of my desired flight ratings. As discussed many times on this blog, I am a private pilot and next on the docket is to complete my instrument rating training.

Now, I feel confident about starting to document all of my trials and tribulations because this past week as if it weren’t already tax season, I decided to do the one thing I have dreaded to do for some time now. I transferred my entire logbook from paper to the ForeFlight LogbookWith that finally done and out of the way I had a fresh perspective on where I was exactly in my training three years prior when I was attempting to get my instrument rating in the first place.

The long and short of it is that I have gotten somewhere with instrument training. I have about 26 hours instrument time, I have around 30 hours in cross-country time, and I have about 82 hours in total time logged.

Instrument Rating Training Requirements:

  • 50 hours cross-country flight time as PIC (XC time must be the 50nm straight-line distance rule)
  • 1 XC flight performed under IFR and is at least 250nm in distance along airways and ATC-routing. Must have instrument approach at each airport with a total of 3 different kinds of approaches performed.
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time. Including minimum of 15 hours in instrument flight training from a CFII.
  • Up to 20 hours in an instrument flight training simulator.
  • Etc…

[box type=”note” ] There are additional requirements, and to get everything exactly verbatim make sure to check out the FAA verbiage[/box]

So as it stands I need around 20 more cross country hours, the IFR XC flight, and around 14 more instrument hours.

As you can see, the big thing for me is my cross country flying. This is a double edged sword. Cross country is the fun kind of flying. You get to go places, see things, and have fun with people. On the flip side, you’re paying for every minute of it. I plan to do a lot of cross country flying in the upcoming months (especially the summer time). One flight I so desperately want to accomplish is the First Flight Airport (KFFA) in North Carolina. From where I will be living in the summer to KFFA it’s about a 4 hour flight there. This will certainly pad the stats with likely 8 hours in total. Not to mention I plan to drag along my girlfriend and give her a taste for what general aviation is all about.

But I digress.

Instrument rating training is tedious, and it requires precision, and more importantly it’s a respect in which you should take the time to learn and master. That is why, today my pilot friend and I were throwing around texts:

sportys instrument rating training

sportys flight training course

If you can’t pick up on it, my friend and I decided to have a day every week to study together on our instrument training. I’m pretty excited because studying for me is always the hard part in any education thing. I just don’t love it… who does?

At least aviation is something I enjoy learning.

Anyway, so we set a date every Tuesday evening to hop on Google Hangout or Facetime and quiz each other and figure out this instrument world together. My friend has all his time in training done, he just needs to take all the tests and checkride. It will be nice having him to bounce questions off of.

sportys instrument rating courseWe will be utilizing the Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course: Instrument Pilot edition. I had started to go through the DVD’s way back but it is time to take it more seriously. Next week on Tuesday will be going over Volume 1: Flying Fundamentals. A full brief to come. Rob Reider, I’m hanging with you for a while 😉

So this is me proclaiming that I am starting to make strides to get back into training. The flight time I technically need is much less than I had initially remembered. Which is a good thing. For now, I will do some ground studying and get back up to speed with all that is instrument flying.

I would love to know what your instrument rating training experiences were like. Share them below!