Instrument Rating

Tired of canceling your flying plans due to a little bit of fog?

Want to tackle your next flying challenge?

Want to be a “Complete” Pilot?

Take your license to the next level with an Instrument Rating!


The Instrument Rating is a significant addition to your Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot license. With it, you are safer and more capable, and less limited in your flying.  You won’t be stuck on the ground due to fog or overcast. You won’t be tempted to “scud run” when the ceilings are low. You can launch when conditions are marginal for VFR (Visual Flight Rules), knowing that you can pick up an instrument clearance en route if you need to.  You can fly confidently in visual conditions above a cloud deck, knowing that, if the destination forecast is wrong, you can fly an instrument approach to penetrate the cloud deck and land safely.  You can fly in Class A airspace above 18,000′ with the Big Guys.  You can even fly Special VFR, at night!

An Instrument Rating is an addition to a Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot License which allows you to operate under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).  It is required if you want to fly in weather less than that required for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) or fly above 18,000 feet.  For most pilots, the most significant value of flying under IFR is the ability to penetrate cloud decks and fly in the weather.  Additionally, you can operate in Special (reduced) VFR conditions at night.

The Instrument Rating is a significant undertaking, probably even harder than your Private License, but the benefits are huge, and worth the effort.  And it’s satisfying, knowing you are a fully qualified pilot, safer and more capable than ever.

Livermore is an ideal place to do your instrument flying training.  There are a wide variety of instrument approaches here and within a short flying distance due to the high concentration of airports within the San Francisco Bay Area.


Under the FAA’s regulations in Part 61.65, you must receive and log ground training from an authorized instrument flight/ground instructor, or have completed a home study course to prep for the written and practical tests. The written test covers regs, air traffic control, IFR navigation, instrument approaches, weather and decision making.  You must log 40 hours of instrument flight training, 20 of which may be accomplished in an approved flight simulator.  (Attitude happens to have two of these approved simulators.)  You must have at least 15 hours of dual instruction, 3 of which must be logged within the two months before your check ride.



You can accomplish the academic training required by attending our Instrument Ground School.  This classroom environment is by far the most cost effective way to prepare for your instrument flying training and the written exam.  Alternatively, we offer One-On-One training with our Certificated Flight Instructors.  You can, of course, do a self-study home course, but we find that these courses tend to teach the test, rather than the full scope of instrument training you get with a live instructor and the interaction you’ll have with the other students.