When entering the world of piloting, there are several avenues you'll have to pursue when it comes to attaining your wings and improving your flight skills. Instrument training opens up a whole new area of flight that a good majority of pilots do not explore. What are Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), and how do they involve piloting a plane? Our team is here to explain what you should know about the IFR program and why it’s a vital role in your flight experience and how becoming an “Instrument Pilot will improve your flying.

About Instrument Flight Rules

Pilots have a choice as to what set of rules they want to fly by for each flight. Visual Flight Rules (VFR) or Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). The pilot will make the decision based on what the weather is or where they are going. If the weather is less than 1000’ ceiling and/or visibility is less than one mile, you will be filing a flight plan and flying under IFR rules. There are additional reasons why you would file an IFR flight plan, but that is for another blog.

According to the FAA, IFR training is defined as regulations and rules that have been established by the FAA in which flight by visual reference is not safe, and flying the aircraft by reference by aircraft instruments is necessary.

How Does IFR Training Work?

Instrument flying is solely dependent on instruments that are utilized on the flight deck, with navigation being accomplished utilizing electronic signals whether they be from ground-based stations or satellites. Learning how to fly instruments is broken down into three main blocks of instruction.

1.      Basic Instrument. Learning how to control the aircraft solely by reference to the aircraft instruments. You will learn how to make standard rate turns, climbs, descents, intercepting radials, and entering holding patterns.

2.      Enroute Navigation. Going from Point A to Point B—you have to know how to get there. In this block you will learn about the nation instrument route structure and how to get around in it.

3.      Arrival/Approach. How do I get out of the enroute structure and into the Arrival?. After all, the whole intent of the flight was to get to your destination. You will learn how to execute the Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARS) and the different instrument approaches.

Completing Instrument training and getting the Instrument Endorsement on your Private Pilot Certificate opens up an entire new world of flying and adventure in your aviation career. Taking that weekend cross country when the weather forecast for Sunday is a little questionable for VFR flying is no longer an issue. File IFR, and you are on your way home.

Many pilots consider instrument training the one course of instruction that improved their skills and increased their confidence more than any other course of instruction. IFR training is your next step to becoming the complete pilot.

Ready to Start Your Instrument Flight Training?

Considering the information above, having a reliable school and teacher who can guide you through IFR training is incredibly important. Thankfully, Twin Cities Flight Training is here to help you with exactly that! Contact us today for information on how we can help you complete your IFR training.