How do I start IFR training?

To get your instrument rating, you must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Hold at least a private pilot certificate.
  2. Be able to speak English.
  3. Take a ground school training course or receive ground training from an authorized instructor.
  4. Receive a logbook endorsement certifying you are prepared for the FAA knowledge test.

How do I fly IFR?

To start, IFR requires a ceiling (cloud height) that is less than 1,000 feet above ground level, and/or visibility that is less than three miles. To fly VFR, you must have a ceiling greater than 3,000 feet above ground level, and you must also have visibility that is more than five miles.

What instruments are needed for IFR flight?

What Equipment Is Required for IFR Flight?

  • Generator or alternator.
  • Rate of Turn Indicator.
  • Attitude Indicator.
  • Ball (inclinometer)
  • Clock (second-hand sweep or digital)
  • Altimeter (pressure sensitive)
  • Radio/Navigation (appropriate for flight)
  • Directional Gyro/Heading Indicator.

How difficult is IFR training?

Getting an instrument rating is challenging yet rewarding. As with any flying qualification, the difficulty level depends on how much theory and practice you undertake. The flight handling is identical to VFR flying. It is easily achievable as long as you know the rules and develop a good scan.

When should I start timing for holds?

Enter the holding pattern at your planned holding speed. Start timing as you begin your first 180° turn, stop timing as your roll out. Double this time to establish your time to make a 360° turn.

Are Victor Airways still used?

GPS direct is great, but Victor airways are still very common, especially under IFR…

How many hours does IFR training take?

Becoming an instrument rated pilot requires 40 hours of simulated or actual IFR conditions. How long this takes depends on how often you are able to fly. Assuming each training flight is 2 hours in length, it would require 20 training flights.

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