Cape Fear Aviation and Flight Training

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  • Be 17 years old.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or acquire TSA Clearance
  • Read, speak, and understand English.
  • Hold at least a third-class medical certificate 

Obtaining an instrument rating is the biggest step you can take towards becoming a safer, more knowledgable, and more professional pilot. Instrument training will teach you precise control of the aircraft by reference only to instruments. You will also learn the full intricacies of airspace and regulations. With an instrument rating you can feel free to take that trip you’ve been considering, without the worry of being delayed due to weather or low ceilings. As an instrument pilot you will gain valuable and advanced knowledge and skills that will make your flying safer, more convenient, and more versatile.


Instrument Rating Training Requirements 

  • Must hold at least a private pilot license in the category and class of aircraft for which the rating is sought
  • Must have 50 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command
  • Must have 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument flight time of which 15 hours must have been received from an authorized instrument instructor
  • Must conduct at least a 250nm cross country flight with 3 instrument approaches 
  • 3 hours of checkride preparation with an instructor
  • Must pass the FAA Instrument Rating written exam
  • Must pass the Instrument Rating Oral and Practical Exam


Costs will vary depending on the student and aircraft flown.