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Instrument Requirements

61.65 Instrument Rating Requirements
To be eligible for a Instrument Rating, a person must:

– Hold at least a current private pilot certificate with an airplane rating
– Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
– Pass a written exam on the on the aeronautical knowledge areas of
FAR 61.65(b).
– Receive flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized
instructor who:
1) Has conducted the training in the areas of operation listed in FAR 61.65(c)
2) Has certified that the person is prepared for the required practical test.
– Meet the aeronautical experience requirements as outlined in FAR 61.65(d).
– Pass a practical test on the areas of operation listed in FAR 61.65(c).

61.65 Aeronautical Experience
At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command of which
at least 10 hours must be in IFR airplanes;
At least 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument on the areas of operation
of this section, including
1) At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized

2) One cross-country flight performed under IFR including
a) A total distance of at least 25onm along airways or ATC-directed routing
b) An instrument approach at each airport
c) Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems.
3) 3 hours training in preparation for the practical test within the preceding
60 days
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