7 Day Instrument
Obtaining your instrument rating opens the door to using an airplane for dependable travel. You will also be a better, safer, and more capable pilot – able to fly in the “system” with the professionals. Read testimonials from former students. Prior to the program you should complete the following pre-requites
Pass the instrument knowledge exam through one of the following methods:
Attend a quality instrument ground school such as American Flyers or Aviation Seminars
Purchase a King, ASA, Sporty's, or Gleim instrument test prep self-study resource
Have at least 45 hours of cross country PIC time
Have at least 10 hours of airplane simulated instrument time (this can be done VFR with a safety pilot)
Take Flight San Diego has created three training videos to help you learn the practical aspects of the Garmin 430/530 and 650/750. Developed by my flight training company, these videos are available for iPad, PC, and Mac and can be viewed at www.flighttrainingapps.com
See a sample training videos by instrument student John Joslin
Short Instrument Flight in IMC
Longer Instrument Flight in IMC
Required Texts for the Program
Instrument Rating Airmen Certification Standards
IFR Low Enroute Chart
Recommended Texts for the Program
FAA Instrument Flying Handbook
FAA Instrument Procedures Handbook
FAA Aviation Weather
FAA Aviation Weather Services
ASA Instrument Oral Exam Guide
All of the above texts are available in digital format which is an acceptable alternative provided you are familiar with quickly accessing the information on your laptop or mobile device. If not, stick with the paper option for check ride purposes.
Formats & Cost
For some people, dedicating seven days in a row works best for their schedule. Any start day can be scheduled. For those who have difficulty taking off seven days in a row, an alternative is to complete four straight days followed by a break to suit your schedule before finishing up with the three final days. A third option is ideal for people who only have availability on weekends. In this format, we would complete the program in three consecutive weekends, organized to suit your schedule.
For all formats the cost is $6,720 not including airplane/simulator rentals. If additional instruction is needed after the 7th day, instruction is provided at a full day rate of $960, half day rate of $480 or $120/hour as appropriate. To guarantee your reservation of airplane and instructional time, 50% of the $6,720 fee is required before the start date, with the balance due on the first day of training. Acceptable forms of payment are credit/debit, check, Venmo or PayPal.
Airplanes can be rented from Plus One Flyers at SEE, MYF, RNM, and CRQ. Typical airplane time is 20 hours and typical simulator time is 10 hours @ $35/hour. The simulator provided is an Elite PI-135 with a Garmin 430 attachment. Plus One Flyers requires a one-time joining fee of $129 and monthly dues of $32. Membership may be terminated at any time with a 30 day notice.
For those pursuing non-accelerated instrument training, instruction is provided at a rate of $960 per day or $480 per half day.
Refund Policy: Refunds will be granted with a minimum 30 days notice given before the start of any training dates scheduled and on a case by case basis when less than 30 days notice is given.