Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating 2020-11-20T01:28:51+00:00


With an instrument rating, your mission will never be impossible. You’ll be able to fly in weather that keeps VFR pilots grounded.

Already have your Private Pilot License and want more?

An Instrument Rating is the next logical step. It is essential for anyone who is looking to pursue a career in flying, and will allow you to fly into a wider variety of weather conditions under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), refine your ability to use the flight instruments, and enable you to fully utilize the National Airspace System.

As an instrument-rated pilot, you will gain the ability to handle unexpected weather conditions that would create hazards for VFR-only pilots, such as thick cloud covers, fog or heavy rain, and become a safer, more precise pilot.

During instrument training, you will learn another level of:

  • Aircraft control
  • ATC communications
  • Weather
  • Instrument approaches and departures to and from various airports
  • Aeronautical decision-making

Of course, having an instrument rating is not about taking off into a storm just because you can. It’s about knowing when it’s safe to fly. The instrument rating will help you understand the risks and make smart choices when the weather gets questionable.


Sierra Charlie Aviation, in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the very best location to get the most out of your instrument training flights because we are surrounded by a high density of local airports with instrument approaches.

Many flight schools in our Salt River Valley area prohibit the use of certain airports, but we train pilots on the risks involved and how to mitigate them in order to develop less sheltered pilots who are ready for real-world flying experience.

Our aircraft are equipped with the latest Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck and GFC700 Autopilot which allows us to shoot coupled approaches during training, and our highly experienced flight instructors average over 4,000 hours of experience each.

We also understand that you don’t have many months to dedicate to training, so we offer short 2- to 4-week accelerated courses that will fast-track you to your instrument rating.

We use the FAA-approved Redbird FMX Full Motion Flight Simulator throughout the training process to ensure that you are well-prepared to handle emergency situations and to provide you with a more cost-effective program.

The Instrument Rating gives a whole new meaning to “Keeping your head in the clouds!”  It will open up new avenues for you, whether or not you intend to become a full-time commercial pilot or certified flight instructor (CFI).