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Instrument Pilot


-Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought.

-Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

You must have logged the following:

-At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.

-A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c).

-At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.

For instrument-airplane rating, instrument training on cross-country flight procedures that includes at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under instrument flight rules. This flight must consist of:

-A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing.

-An instrument approach at each airport.

-Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems (Example: ILS, VOR, GPS, etc).

-At least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the checkride within two calendar months before the examination date.

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