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Instrument Rating TrainingThree Questions to Ask
By Kyle Garrett
Depending on your flight training goals, instrument rating training may be required, but it is a good idea irregardless of your goals. There are many places to learn to fly on instruments, so what should you look for when trying to find a school? There are three basic questions that should guide you to a good choice.
What kind of aircraft are available and, after I get my instrument rating, can I rent airplanes for actual IFR flights?
Most flight schools offer at least one aircraft that is certified for IFR flight. Some even have several. The question is, do they offer the kind of aircraft you need? Are you looking for training in a new glass panel or round gauges or both? Your personal preference and goals should be considered before choosing a school. A final consideration, assuming you don't own your own aircraft, is whether the school will rent you an aircraft after you get your rating for flight into actual IMC. This is important, because you will want to maintain currency and there is no substitute for actual IMC.
Will we fly in actual IFR during training?
Building off of that last point, ask if you will fly actual IMC during training. There's nothing wrong with simulated instrument flight, as a matter of convenience, but it is important that you experience at least some real instrument flights. It may seem strange, but for whatever reason, some schools don't allow for training flights in actual instrument weather, which can negatively effect your training.
Will we do any night IFR flight training?
Another thing to ask is whether you will do any flights at night. Night flying is a required element of the private pilot test standards, but it is not required for an instrument rating. This is unfortunate, because as you may know, it is quite different from flying during the day. You never know when you might need to fly on instruments at night and having the added security of a flight instructor while you learn is much preferable to learning it on your own when you get caught out after dark.
Finding the answer to these three questions should provide you with all the information you need to find a great instrument rating training program that will serve you well. A good program that offers the right aircraft, provides for currency by allowing you to fly into real IMC and offers night instrument training will provide you with a very solid foundation of instrument flying skills.
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Instrument Rating Links
- IFR Pilot Resources - IFR Magazine
- IFR Aviation Books - The Avid Aviator
- PDF Download - Instrument Flying Handbook - FAA - Federal Aviation Administration
Cool IFR Training Apps
- GNS430/530W - Holds & Approaches - New training app from Flight Training Apps