Professional Pilot: Instrument Pilot Certificate

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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.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Estimated Cost: $2,537.56

Approx. # of Quarters: 2

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring and summer quarters

Prerequisites: Must be at least 17 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards and possess an FAA private pilot certificate or FAA commercial certificate. Second class FAA medical certificate required prior to the first day of class. Please contact Instructor for details. 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. Contact Instructor for details.

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

Employability Requirement: 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 a 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.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 17 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards and possess an FAA private pilot certificate or FAA commercial certificate. Second class FAA medical certificate required prior to the first day of class. Please contact instructor for details.

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. Contact instructor for details.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
AVP 140 Instrument Pilot I 4
AVP 145 Instrument Pilot II 4
AVP 150 Instrument Pilot III 4
AVP 155 Instrument Pilot IV 4
AVP 160 Instrument Pilot V 4
AVP 170CAP Instrument Pilot VI 4
  Total Credits for Completion 24

Optional Elective Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
AVP 152 Instrument Pilot Practical Test Standards III 4
AVP 172 Instrument Pilot Practical Test Standards IV 4

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.