An instrument rating is not just a qualification; it’s a key that unlocks the skies even when the weather turns sour. Pilots with this rating are equipped to navigate through Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC), ensuring safe passage through adverse weather. The instrument rating tests, available for both single and multi-engine aircraft, open up new horizons of exploration and adventure for pilots, granting them the freedom to soar even when the clouds loom dark and heavy.

Important Note:It’s important to remember that the hours outlined above are in accordance with the standards and guidelines set forth by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that these hours might vary based on the specific requirements of the country chosen by candidates for their pilot flight training. Each country may have its own unique regulations and expectations, so aspiring pilots should be prepared for potential differences as they embark on their journey towards achieving their dreams of flight.

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Instrument Rating


Eligibility Criteria

Age: A ripe 18 years, marking the threshold for embarking on this journey into the skies.
Educational Qualification: Must have cleared all theory exams of either the Private Pilot License or Commercial Pilot License, a testament to their dedication to aviation knowledge.
Medical Requirements: Candidates must meet the stringent standards of DGCA CLASS 1 MEDICALS, ensuring they possess the physical and mental fortitude to navigate the skies with confidence.
Note: For an Instrument Rating on a single-engine aircraft, additional instrument flying hours in a retractable gear single-engine aircraft are required, showcasing the need for additional training and skill refinement.

Flying Requirements

Flying Requirements Hours
Total Required Hours15
Circuit Landing Familiarization (Day)1
Circuit Landing Familiarization (Night) 1.5
Asymmetric Landing and Handling 1.5
Flying Requirements 1.5
Flying Requirements Hours
Holding and Instrument Procedures1
General Flying Test (Day)1
General Flying Test (Night)1
Instrument Rating Test1
Asymmetric Buffer4

Theory Examinations

Technical Specific: Delve into the intricate technical aspects of instrument flying, ensuring pilots are equipped with the knowledge to navigate through challenging conditions with skill and precision.

Instrument Rating Checkride

General Flying Test (Day)
Flying Requirements
General Flying Test (Night)
Instrument Rating Test
General Ground Evaluation (Oral)


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