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Returning To Flight School For An Instrument Rating
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Returning to Flight School for An Instrument Rating

A reputable flight school can make obtaining your instrument rating much more easier and structured. Flying under instrument flight rules (IFR) requires training in meteorology, and with flying an airplane solely by watching the instruments. Too many pilots without their instrument rating, and without the proper instruction of a flight school regarding flight in IFR conditions, have found themselves in a precarious situation while flying.

A major issue pilots face is a loss of situational awareness. This can have tragic results that can range anywhere from simply becoming lost to a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accident. With CFIT accidents being the second largest cause of aircraft accidents, it becomes obvious how proper instruction from a flight school can be applied to prevent these types of accidents from occurring. Once the instrument rating is obtained, a pilot is capable of flying "under the hood" without making any reference to the ground or by looking outside the window.

The instrument rating can be used to fly in zero visibility conditions, as well as to avoid collisions with the terrain, other aircraft, or obstacles on the ground. In addition, an instrument rating is needed to fly inside of clouds, at altitudes between 18,000 and 60,000 feet, and during special visual flight rules at night.

When attending a flight school for an instrument rating, a pilot must first possess a private pilot certificate. They will then be required to undergo 15 hours of instrument rating flight instruction; perform 40 hours of instrument flying time, either actual or simulated; and have 50 hours of cross country flight time as the Pilot in Command.

Obtaining an instrument rating can greatly increase the freedom a pilot has while flying. Restrictions regarding altitude and adverse weather conditions no longer inhibit when and where a pilot can fly except during take off and landing where at least some outside visual reference is required.

When a pilot files their flight plan, it is always classified as visual flight rules or instrument flight rules. In addition, a pilot without an instrument rating could find themselves in trouble once in flight because the weather was clear during take off, but deteriorated before the airplane could be safely landed. If an instrument rating is what you want, seek out a reputable flight school that can make the entire process much easier and structured by providing professional instruction. Never attempt to outfly your capabilities for both you and your passenger's sake. You will eventually find yourself in a life threatening situation that may not end well.


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