Instrument Ratings & Ground School

Increase Flexibility and Skill

An Instrument Rating – gives pilots greater flexibility, giving them the skill to fly when the weather is not bright and sunny.

There are two types of Instrument ratings: the Group 1 Rating and the Group 3 Rating.

The difference between the two ratings is that the Group 1 allows you to fly under IFR (instrument flight rules) in a multi-engine aeroplane.

An Instrument Rating allows you to:

  • Group 1 – Fly under Instrument Flight Rules in a single or multi-engine aeroplanes in IMC (Instrument meteorological conditions), as endorsed on their licence
  • Group 3 – Fly under Instrument Flight Rules in single-engine aeroplanes in IMC, as endorsed on their licence

Prerequisites

  • Valid PPL or CPL
  • Valid, appropriate Medical Certificate
  • For Group 1 Instrument Rating – multi-engine rating

Training Requirements

To achieve your Group 1 or Group 3 Instrument Rating you must have :

  • completed a minimum of 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command in aeroplanes
  • 40 hours instrument time of which a maximum of 20 hours may be instrument ground time, including:
    • One dual cross-country flight under simulated or actual IMC conditions to a point a minimum of 100 nautical miles radius from the point of departure.
    • The flight is to be conducted in accordance with an IFR flight plan and must include, at two different locations, an instrument approach to minima.
  • successfully completed a flight test to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Standard – Instrument Rating (TP9939E)
  • obtained a minimum of 70% on the written examination for Instrument Rating (INRAT). (Ground school is not required, but is highly recommended)

Instrument Rating – Group 1 information and pricing

Instrument Rating – Group 3 information and pricing

Resources

WWFC offers an in-depth Instrument Rating ground school to support pilots in their preparations for the written examination.  While there are no minimum ground school requirements for an instrument rating, some formal training will enhance your chance of success when writing your exam.

WWFC recognizes that time is of the essence when upgrading to a new rating, and offers our IR Ground School over one weekend – Friday evening, 6pm-10pm, Saturday (full day) 8am – 5pm and Sunday (full day) 8am – 5pm.  It is offered three times per year.

TC Study & Reference Guide – Instrument Rating Groups 1 and 3 Aeroplane

2020 Instrument Ground School Dates

Ground school Class

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*This is a three day course and could be cancelled pending enrollment levels. Payment is due at registration but if the course is cancelled, a full refund will be given.

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