Here at Coast Aero Ventures Unlimited we love blue skies. Unfortunately, we don’t control the weather.  If you fly long enough, eventually your nice daytime VFR flight will have to be canceled or delayed due to weather.  Don’t let a thin layer of clouds at your departure/arrival airfield or enroute keep your entire trip grounded. An instrument rating will provide you with the tools necessary to be less restricted by weather ensuring your travel plans go without a hitch.

Coast Aero Ventures Unlimited offers instrument training with some of the most advanced avionics platforms available. While our Flight Design CTSW can be utilized for instrument training, and is equipped with a Dynon glass cockpit and digital autopilot. The modern avionics make flying much easier than traditional platforms.  

Requirements for Instrument Rating Licensure

  1. Hold at least a private pilot certificate. 
  2. Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English. 
  3. Hold a current FAA medical certificate. 
  4. Receive and log ground training or complete a home-study course. 
  5. Pass the FAA instrument rating knowledge test with a score of 70% or better 
  6. Accumulate flight experience.
    • 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which at least 10 hours must be in airplanes
      • 50 hours includes solo cross-country time as a student pilot, which is logged as pilot-in-command time. 
      • Each cross-country must have a landing at an airport that was at least a straight-line distance of more that 50 NM from the original departure point. 
    • A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time in the areas of operations  including
      • 15 hours of instrument flight training from a CFII 
      • 3 hours of instrument training from a CFII in preparation for the practical test within the 3 calendar months preceding the practical test 
      • Cross-country flight procedures that include at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under IFR 
    • If the instrument training was provided by an authorized instructor, a maximum of 20 hours permitted in an approved flight simulator or flight training device. 
  7. Demonstrate flight proficiency. You must receive and log training, and obtain a logbook sign-off from your CFII. 
  8. Successfully complete a practical test that will be given as a final exam by an FAA inspector or designated pilot examiner.

Contact us for more details or to schedule your flight.