Instrument Pilot Certificate

The Instrument Rating is added to either a private or commercial pilot certificate. It allows the holder to fly in clouds and weather, navigating and controlling the aircraft exclusively by reference to the aircraft flight instruments.

Content includes basic attitude instrument flying, advanced radio navigation, instrument approaches, and cross-country flight.

*Professional Pilot Aircraft Rental Rates


Plane Rate Fuel Cost Per Gallon Fuel Consumption Rate Hourly Rate with Fuel
Non-Complex Aircraft $83.39 $4.29 9 GPH $122.00
Complex Aircraft $129.44 $4.29 14 GPH $189.50

*Aircraft costs vary with the current fuel market price.

Professional Pilot Flight Fees

*Instrument Pilot Certificate

Flight Hours Hourly Rate with Fuel Total
Aircraft Rental 60 minimum hours $122.00 $7,320.00
Pre and Post Briefings 60 hours $12.00 $720.00
Dual Instruction 60 hours $50.00 $3,000.00
Total Flight Fee Costs $11,040.00

*Aircraft costs vary with the current fuel market price.

Other Exams

FAA Knowledge Test – 1 @ $150.00 each
   Check for current cost with instructor.
FAA Medical Exam
   Check with FAA examiner for current cost.
   FAA medical and examiner fee paid for provider.
FAA Check Ride – 1 @ Examiner Fee
(Approximately $500.00 each)
FAA Check Ride – 1 @ Aircraft Rental Fee
(Approximately $200.00 each)

Employability Requirements

To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and flight test and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.

Program Length

This certificate program is approximately two quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Completion Requirements


  • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Must obtain a second-class FAA medical examination and comply with FAA licensing standards.
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. 
  • FAA minimum flight and ground hours required for certification.
  • Instrument Pilot: 60 hours total flight time, all of which is dual instruction. Ground training required is 60 hours. Pre- and post-flight briefings time—60 hours.
  • Please note that many students need additional training hours to master the required competencies.

Program Course List

AVP 140Instrument Pilot I


AVP 145Instrument Pilot II


AVP 150Instrument Pilot III


AVP 155Instrument Pilot IV


AVP 160Instrument Pilot V


AVP 170CAPInstrument Pilot VI


COLL 102College Success for All


Total Credit Hours:27

Optional Elective Courses

AVP 152Instrument Pilot Practical Standards III


AVP 172Instrument Pilot Practical Standards IV


Note: Students often complete their program requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities and the availability of aircraft and suitable weather. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all of the requirements may exceed those listed above in some cases.