Typically, after completing a Private Pilot’s course, the next step is the Instrument Rating. This permits the pilot to operate in more diverse weather conditions (reduced visibility like rain, haze, or low clouds). Essentially, the pilot is learning to fly the airplane strictly on instruments and without visual reference points, aside from takeoffs and landings. Any pilot flying above 18,000 ft (msl), must have an instrument rating.
Instrument ratings need very specific training from certified flight instructors who have a designation allowing them to teach instrument flight (CFII), along with accuracy from additional oral, written, and flight tests. Any pilot wishing to acquire an instrument rating must hold a current private pilot certificate, medical, and have logged an IFR cross-country of at least 250 miles as pilot in command. Instrument rating candidates must also have a minimum of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument flight time, including 15 hours of instrument flight training and instrument training on cross-country flights.
A Certified Flight Instructor pilot needs to keep current by doing six approaches, a hold, and tracking and can do this affordably on Eagle Aircraft’s simulator every six months. Eagle also does IPC’s (Instrument Proficency Check) on the simulator or in the aircraft if you have been out of currency for more than one year.
Commercial Flight Training
If you want to get paid to fly, this is your route. Commercial pilots must be at least 18 years old, or older. They must also have a minimum of 250 hours of flight time. (Become a Commercial Pilot at Eagle in half the required time in Eagle’s Part 141 program) They must hold an IFR rating, or be restricted to only daylight operations, under visual flight rules (VFR), and operating within 50 miles from the originating airport. They may, however, fly for hire.
Medically, commercial pilots must have a Class II medical, which requires renewal every 12 months. Revalidation of pilot certificates must be every 24 months via a review from a certified flight instructor.
Flight instructors are authorized to provide flight instruction to pilots and pilots requiring additional certificates/ratings. Flight Instructors also complete flight review for license revalidation and recommend flight tests for students. As a CFI, you must be at least 18 years of age, and hold a valid commercial pilot certificate & IFR rating.
Aside from their standard flight review every 24 months, CFI’s must also revalidate their instruction certification every 24 months. You may not instruct without a CFI rating.
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Our individualized training plan will fit your busy schedule. The average applicant will need about 8 hours of flight instruction and about 10 hours of ground instruction. If you prepay your training, you will receive a lower rate per hour.
Airline Transport Pilot
At the pinnacle of professional aviation proficiency is the Airline Transport Pilot certificate (ATP). As an ATP, you must be at least 23 years old and have completed a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time. Most ATP’s have several thousand hours of flight time. ATP’s must also possess an instrument rating and a commercial certificate.
ATP’s can hold a Class I medical, which requires renewal every six months, or a class II which requires renewal every year. Revalidation of certificates must be every 24 months via a flight review.