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This rating allows you to fly in instrument weather conditions with lone reference to the aircraft instruments. Training will involve advanced instrument operations, communications, weather, and emergency procedures.

For your instrument rating, you still only need your third class medical that you got with your private certificate. You still have to have passed the written exam within the past 24 months. You must also have 125 total hours which must include at least:

  • 50 hours of cross country time as PIC (Pilot in Control) of which 10 must be in an instrument rated plane
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time
  • 15 hours of instrument flight training with an instructor, in the appropriate aircraft category
  • 3 hours of practical test prep within the previous 60 days
  • At least one cross country flight under an IFR flight plan

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