Instrument Rating Requirements

For all instrument ratings:
Total Time: Must have logged the following:
  1. 50 hours of cross-country flying as a PIC, of which at least 10 hours must be in airplanes for an Instrument Airplane rating; and
  2. 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument--
    1. 15 hours Dual instrument training
      1. 3 hours of the instrument training were within the preceding 60 days prior to the practical test; and
      2. 1 IFR cross-country flight of more than 250 nm. (more than 100 nm. for helicopters) in the instrument-aircraft rating sought.
or, if for an additional instrument rating,
   
  1.  15 hours of instrument training:
    1. 1 IFR cross-country flight of more than 250 nm.; and
    2. 3 hours of the instrument training were within the preceding 60 days prior to the practical test.
NOTE: Per § 61.65(a)(1), must “Hold at least a current private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought;”
NOTE: Please check the latest FAR part 61 and 141 requirements.

Instrument Endorsements (For complete list):

Verification of U.S. citizenship:
I certify that (First name, MI, Last name), has presented me a (insert type of document presented, such as U.S. birth certificate or U.S. passport, and the relevant control or sequential number on the document, if any) establishing that (he or she) is a U.S. citizen or national in accordance with 49 CFR 1552.3(h).
S/S [date] J.J. Jones 987654321CFI Exp. 12-31-00

Endorsement for practical test prerequisites: FAR 61.39(a)(6).
All Practical Tests that require an endorsement must have this Instructor endorsement. AC 61.65E Page 5 Paragraph 9. (NOTE)

I certify that Mr./Ms.____________________ has received training time required within the preceding 60 days in preparation for the (Name of test) (category and class) practical test and find him/her prepared for that test. (if knowledge test is required and applicant has achieved less than 100%) He/she has demonstrated satisfactory knowledge of the subject areas found deficient on the (Name of Test) aeronautical knowledge test.
S/S [date] J.J. Jones 987654321CFI Exp. 12-31-00

Endorsements for aeronautical Knowledge: FAR section 61.35(a)(1) and section 61.65(a) and (b).
I certify that (First name, MI, Last name) has received the required training of section 61.65(b). I have determined that he/she is prepared for the (name the knowledge test).

S/S [date] J.J. Jones 987654321CFI Exp. 12-31-00

Endorsement for flight proficiency: FAR section 61.65(a)(6).
I certify that (First name, MI, Last name) has received the required training of section 61.65(c) and (d). I have determined he/she is prepared for the Instrument—(airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift) practical test.

S/S [date] J.J. Jones 987654321CFI Exp. 12-31-00

Reviewed Area's of deficiency on the knowledge test: FAR 61.39(a)(6)(iii)
I certify that I have reviewed the knowledge test results of Mr./Ms.____________________, required by FAR 61.39(a)(6)(iii) and have resolved the deficient areas and find him/her to have the satisfactory knowledge of those areas.

S/S [date] J.J. Jones 987654321CFI Exp. 12-31-00