Tampa Bay Aviation’s instrument program will take any pilot to a level of safety and proficiency greater than that achieved through the private pilot program.
An Instrument Rating (IR) will take safety and proficiency to the next level. Obtaining an instrument rating will make for a better pilot, reduce insurance premiums and is more marketable, as most aviation employers require their pilots to be instrument rated. The FAA minimum requirements for pilots under part 141 regulations are 35 hours of dual flight time and a long cross country flight over 250 nautical miles. Most students take advantage of the opportunity to obtain an instrument rating while building time towards a Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL). This rating also requires a minimum of a third class medical.
IN THE AIR – The FAA requires a minimum of 35 Hours Total Flight Time with 15 Hours Flight Instruction. However, many students require more time. There’s no rush and we won’t push you to complete your training until you’re ready. Our students average around 50 total hours of training.
ON THE GROUND – 35 Hours Ground Instruction
TIMELINE- The more frequently you fly, the faster you will complete your training. Our schedule is flexible and is one on one with an instructor. This means that you are able to build your own schedule and go at your own pace. We suggest flying 2-3 times per week which averages about 4-6 months of training.
We have a couple of different payment options available!
PAY AS YOU GO- This option allows you to pay after each lesson. The lesson prices will vary depending on what you work on each day and how long you are in the plane/with your instructor.
BLOCK RATES- Our block rates allow you to put money down on your account via cash or check to receive a discount on the hourly rate of the aircraft. We will draw from your deposit each time you fly and let you know when uou are running low.
FINANCING- We work with Flight Training Finance, We Florida Financial, and Stratus Financial to help finance your training. Get more information on these companies on our FINANCING page!