Instrument Rating

North Coast Air offers a full spectrum of pilot training services. Click the category at left for more information.


  • Private Pilot Rating
  • Proof of citezenship or TSA approval prior to the start of your training
  • IFR certified aircraft
  • Pass the written examp with 70% minimum
  • 50 hours of Pilot-in-Command cross-country
  • 40 hours of simulated or actual instrument time
  • 15 hours of flight instruction towards Instrument Rating
  • 250 NM cross country under simulated instrument conditions
  • Pass checkride

Frequenty Asked Questions

Is There a Total Time Pre-requisite?

No. But you are required to have logged at least 50 hours total of PIC cross country time. This can be done solo, or with an instructor. These hours can be logged before or during your instrument training.

Is there a ground school course?

Yes, we offer one here at NCA, usually formatted to go for about 3 hours one night a week for 14 weeks (a standard college semester). Make sure to get on the contact list for when we announce the next session!

What aircraft can I do my IFR training in?

All of our 4-seat aircraft are IFR certified, and great for IFR training. If you have your own aircraft, you can train in it, but any aircraft being used for IFR flight or training needs to be maintained to IFR instrumentation standards.

Can I do any of my training in a simulator?

Yes, using a flight simulator is a great, affordable way to practice your IFR skills.

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