Obtaining an Instrument Rating

To be able to fly in cloud, or in any weather that does not allow a clear view of the ground and horizon at all times, requires the development of special skills. This is the instrument rating.

If your aspirations involve professional flying then you will want to include the instrument rating as part of your flight training.

The holder of a Private Pilot Licence may also obtain an instrument rating but it is especially important for those intending to become a professional pilot. Our Commercial Pilot Course includes all of the training required for an Instrument Rating, as an integral part of the flight training.

This includes a minimum of:

  • 40 hours of flying under simulated instrument conditions.
    • Of this requirement 20 hours will be carried out on our FNPTII flight simulator. Part of this requirement will have been met upon completion of the Night Rating course.

An Instrument Rating course is all about precision flying. You will learn to use the instruments and navigation aids, not only to fly in inclement weather, but also to develop a greater degree of precision that is not possible to achieve by visual reference alone.

The Instrument Rating requires a much greater level of theoretical knowledge and this forms part of the Commercial Ground School and the examinations are included in the set of exams that you will write for the Commercial Pilot Licence.

When you have met the requirements and the standards required, the Chief Flying Instructor will recommend you for the Instrument Flight Test which will be carried out by a SACAA Designated Flight Examiner.