Instrument Rating - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of an Instrument Rating?
The Instrument rating allows pilots who normally fly in Visual Flight Rules (VFR) to fly in Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). That is to say, it allows pilots to fly in the clouds (also known as instrument meteorological conditions, AKA “IMC”). The instrument rating is very valuable to pilots because it would allow them to fly through weather that would normally prevent VFR pilots from flying.
What are some of the things that I will learn?
Do you offer accelerated 10-day IFR courses?
Yes! If you have the time and motivation, we can easily help you earn your Instrument Rating in 10 days or less. Though not everyone has the time for a 10-day program, studies have shown that you learn better and retain more in a well-organized, accelerated training program. For further information on the 10-day course, please contact us.
Is an Instrument Rating difficult to obtain?
Will I get "actual" experience by flying in the clouds (IMC)?
Yes! If IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) exists, we will encourage a flight into those conditions, assuming they are safe conditions. There is nothing like the real thing for teaching and preparing someone to become an excellent Instrument-Rated pilot. The experience will become a great resource for you to draw upon after you become an Instrument-Rated pilot, flying on your own.
Could the training ever be delayed by weather?
What is the estimated cost of training?
I already have IFR experience. Can Pacific Air Flight School help me complete my training?
Can I use a simulator for training?
Yes! In fact, we encourage it! The Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) is a practical tool for learning IFR procedures. In a BATD, you can stop to discuss a point or back it up to repeat an exercise. Later, you will be able to perfect these procedures in the airplane. With this method, you will learn IFR procedures approximately four times faster than you could in the airplane alone.