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College of Liberal Arts - Louisiana Tech University

Department of
Professional Aviation

Instrument Rating

  1. Flight Training
  2. Private Pilot
  3. Instrument Rating
  4. Commercial Pilot
  5. Certificated Flight Instructor
  6. Multi-Engine Rating
  7. Other Advanced Ratings
  8. Important Files

Instrument Rating Requirements

Minimum Flight Times

Flight training devices are an excellent tool for obtaining instrument experience. In some ways, flight training devices are superior to aircraft for instrument training, and up to 20 of the required flying hours hours may be completed in an approved flight training device such as those utilized in the Tech program. Academically, this is the most advanced certificate or rating, since it requires considerable coordination and mental skills at a point where the student is still fairly low in flight experience. Under ideal conditions, the student could obtain the private pilot certificate during their second quarter at Tech and the instrument rating by the end of the fourth quarter. The same medical certificate (Class III) obtained as a student pilot may be utilized for the instrument rating. It is valid for a period of five years. All flight time accumulated towards the instrument rating can be utilized as required flight experience required for the Commercial Pilot Certificate.