Instrument Rating Flight Training near Birmingham, AL

Get Your Head IN the Clouds

Ready to Increase your flying Skills?

Obtaining your Instrument Rating is the next logical step after you’ve earned your private pilot license. Flying with an Instrument Rating (IR) expands the flight environment a pilot can safely operate within. 

why become instrument rated?

So, why do you want to get your instrument rating? One reason is that the instrument rating is a good thing to have in your pocket, you never know when you’ll need it. Next is that becoming an IFR certified pilot is just another important step towards your career in aviation. The third reason is that you want to increase the productivity and safety of your personal or business flying.

The instrument rating allows you to fly without visual reference to the ground, horizon, or other landmarks. You will be able to fly through clouds, rain, fog, etc.. This skill is particularly useful when flying long distances, which can be difficult without encountering weather systems requiring instrument pilot skills. Or perhaps you fly somewhere and unexpectedly encounter instrument conditions. Additionally, time critical flights may be only be possible under instrument flight rules (IFR) due to adverse weather conditions.


Earning your instrument rating is not only a fun pursuit, but a major accomplishment. You will gain increased skill and confidence that comes from the precise flying required. For those pursuing a career in aviation, the Instrument Rating and knowledge you will receive during training is an essential and necessary step along the way.

Accelerate your Instrument Rating

Accelerated 11 day Instrument Rating

Geared for the busy pilot who wants to get their instrument rating in just a few days. 

Your instructor will be 100% dedicated to your flight training and getting your instrument rating finished in as short a period as possible.

We expect full-immersion, 100% dedication from our accelerated flight school students.  Our goal is to finish your training as quickly as possible, while also building true confidence and piloting abilities.

Our Accelerated Instrument Pilot Training is designed to be 11 days in length. 

For pilots seeking Accelerated Instrument Pilot Training for Single Engine Land; please arrive prepared with the documents and following requirements. 

  • FAA Instrument written test passed
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
  • Basic Med or FAA third class medical or better
  • VFR currency to the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards
The following is included in The Accelerated Instrument Pilot Training Program:
  • Flight instructor dedicated only to your flight training.
  • Unlimited Instruction
  • Checkride pass guarunteed or we pay for additional training
Total Cost in Diamond DA40
$ 12,445

More Info:

  • Flight & Ground Instruction
  • Training in a Technologically Advanced Aircraft – The Diamond DA40
  • Course Materials
  • Pass your Instrument pilot checkride or we pay for all additional training needed
  • Checkride
Total Cost in Cessna 172
$ 9,445

More Info:

  • Flight & Ground Instruction
  • Training in a GPS equipped Cessna 172N
  • Course Materials
  • Pass your Instrument pilot checkride or we pay for all additional training needed
  • Checkride

What you’ll Learn during Instrument Flight Training

  • RISK MANAGEMENT
  • SINGLE PILOT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
  • BASIC INSTRUMENT FLYING
  • AUTOPILOT USE & TRAINING
  • PROPER POWER SETTINGS AND AIRSPEED CONTROL
  • FUEL PLANNING / AND ALTERNATE AIRPORT SELECTION
  • PROPER RADIO COMMUNICATIONS
  • PRECISION ILS APPROACHES
  • ENROUTE PROCEDURES
  • FLIGHT PLANNING – AIRWAY AND OFF AIRWAY
  • ASR AND PAR APPROACH
  • PARTIAL PANEL FLYING
  • SCENARIO BASED TRAINING
  • FLIGHT PLANNING
  • ADVANCED AIRCRAFT & AVIONICS TRAINING
  • AERONAUTICAL DECISION MAKING
  • TASK MANAGEMENT
  • VOR AND NDB TRACKING
  • HOLDING PROCEDURES
  • ADVANCED INSTRUMENT APPROACHES – GPS, L-NAV, L-NAV+V, LPV – WAAS
  • VISUAL AND CONTACT APPROACHES
  • LOCALIZER BACKCOURSE
  • DME ARC MANEUVERS
  • DEFINING PERSONAL MINIMUMS
  • NON-PRECISION APPROACHES
  • GARMIN G100 GLASS PANEL TRAINING
  • WEATHER PLANNING
  • CIRCLE-TO-LAND

Instrument Rating Costs

G1000
Diamond DA40 
  • 40 Hours Aircraft Rental – $225/hr
  • 40 Hours Flight Instruction – $59/hr
  • Pilot Training Kit – $224.95
  • Knowledge Test – $160
  • Instrument Checkride – $700
$ 12,445
Cessna 172 Skyhawk
  • 40 Hours Aircraft Rental $150/hr
  • 40 Hours Flight Instruction – $59/hr
  • Pilot Training Kit – $224.95
  • Knowledge Test – $160
  • Instrument Checkride – $700
$ 9,445

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