Private pilots that want to fly in the clouds, or any pilot who intends on becoming a professional airline or corporate pilot needs to to get an

instrument rating added on to their private certificate. The program teaches the student how to fly solely by reference to instruments, thus

allowing the pilot to fly with limited visibility. An instrument pilot can legally fly in inclement weather such as clouds, rain and fog. This

broadens his/her abilities as a pilot and enables them to fly on days which would be inhibiting to a non-instrument rated pilot.




Applicants must be able to read, speak, write and understand English and hold a Private Pilot Certificate.




There are three areas that you must be proficient in to be qualified to be a instrument pilot. These areas are as follows:



You must be deemed medically fit by an Aviation Medical Examiner to fly solo (without an instructor) in an aircraft. An Instrument Pilot must hold at least a Third Class Medical. Click here to find an area Aviation Medical Examiner.




Before you can take the FAA Oral Exam and Checkride, students must prepare for and pass the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam. Students can prepare for it on their own or by taking one of our offered ground schools.


Practical Skills


One of the most important aspects of being a pilot is operating the aircraft. The majority of flight training is learning to not only fly an aircraft, but do it while under certain conditions and scenarios. Upon completion of the training requirements, students will take a Practical Test with a FAA authorized examiner.


Training Hour Requirements


To achieve an instrument pilot certificate, students must follow a curriculum set up by Northwest Flight School that requires the following hours to be logged:


Dual (with instructor):         43 hours

Solo (without instructor):      7 hours

                            Total:           50 hours


Note that this is the minimum hours required.












Cost Breakdown

(Based on National Average Hours)


50 Hours Flight Time - $159/hour


7 Hours Solo Flight Time


43 Hours Dual Flight Time - $65/hour


20 Hours Pre/Post Time


Supplements Costs





This cost is based on current club rates and the national average of Private Pilot Students. Individual training cost may vary.

Supplemental Cost Breakdown


3rd Class Medical


Instrument Pilot Ground School Kit


Instrument Pilot Ground School with

FAA Written Exam


Instrument Pilot Checkride














The Northwest Flight School Instrument Pilot Ground Course is designed to for both new and experienced Private Pilots seeking a Instrument Pilot Rating.


It provides a structured Part 141 learning course in a classroom environment, allowing for students to gain helpful knowledge from our experienced flight and ground instructors.


Our Instrument Pilot Ground Course is help a limited number of times per year. It is a 12 week course held twice per week.



This course fee is a one-time fee, meaning that students are able to take the Private Pilot Ground Course an unlimited number of times without paying the fee again.  The course fee also includes the price of the FAA Written Exam that is administered at the end of the course.

Club Member


Non-Club Member


Instrument Pilot Kit

$120 +TAX



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