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Instrument Rating

For the aspiring professional pilot, or for the dedicated Private Pilot, the instrument rating takes you into the world of advanced flight, giving you the capability of flying, navigating and landing in weather conditions that keep the birds on the ground.

You will have encountered the basics of instrument flight during your night rating training, and these 10 hours of instrument time are counted towards your Instrument Rating training. From this base, you now learn radio navigation, controlled airspace communication, holding procedures, en-route risk management, approach and go-around procedures, transition to visual and landing in reduced visibility. Abnormalities and emergencies are continuously introduced and appropriate behaviour is emphasised.

Requirements for the issue of an Instrument Rating:

1. Hold a valid Private Pilots’ Licence (PPL) with a night rating.

2. Have a Class 1 medical.

3. Pass the SA-CAA required examinations.

4. Completed 50 hours of cross country time as pilot in command (PIC).

5. Complete a minimum of 40 hours of instrument flight time, 20 of which may be completed on approved simulators. If a multi-engine instrument rating is sought, a minimum of 5 hours instrument flight time must be acquired in a multi-engine aircraft.

6. Pass a practical flight test, conducted by a Grade One Designated Flight Examiner (DFE).

7. Be the holder of a General Radio Telephony licence.

8. Make the relevant application to the SA-CAA, pay the required fee, and your licence will be endorsed accordingly.

It is worth mentioning that the effort required for a Private Pilot wanting to hold an Instrument rating  is almost as involved as completing the full CPL exams. therefore many of our Private Pilots who wish to hold an Instrument rating actually complete their CPL.

We offer training for both Single Engine and Multi Engine Instrument Ratings.

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Contact FTC

Tel: +27 (0) 44 876 9055
Fax: +27 (0) 86 670 0318
Mobile: 082 787 5384
P.O. Box 1332, George, 6530, South Africa

George Airport, Western Cape, South Africa
GPS: S 340024 E 222251

Email: ftc@flighttraining.co.za