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Instrument Rating refers to the qualifications that a pilot must have in order to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). It requires additional training and instruction beyond what is required for a Private Pilot certificate, including rules and procedures specific to instrument flying, additional instruction in meteorology and more intensive training in flight solely by reference to instruments. Testing consists of a written exam and a practical test (known more commonly as the check ride). The check ride is divided into an oral part and a flight part. Aviators are people who fly aircraft either for pleasure or for a job. ... Instrument flight rules (IFR) is a set of regulations and procedures for flying aircraft without the assumption that pilots will be able to see and avoid obstacles, terrain, and other air traffic; it is an alternative to visual flight rules (VFR), where the pilot is primarily or exclusively responsible for... Training is the teaching of vocational or practical and relates to specific useful skills. ... An instruction is a form of communicated information that is both command and explanation for how an action, behavior, method, or task is to be begun, completed, conducted, or executed. ... A Private Pilot License permits the holder to operate an aircraft under visual flight rules. ... Satellite image of Hurricane Hugo with a polar low visible at the top of the image. ...

An instrument rating is required to fly when visibility is very limited (such as inside of clouds). This is referred to as IMC - Instrument Meterological Conditions. Additionally, an instrument rating is required to operate an aircraft inside Class A airspace. Airspace means the portion of the atmosphere controlled by a particular country on top of its territory and territorial waters or, more generally, any specific portion of the atmosphere. ...

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Louisiana Tech University - College of Liberal Arts - Professional Aviation::Instrument Pilot Rating (402 words)
The first rating after attainment of the private pilot certificate is the instrument rating, typically obtained at approximately 150 hours of total flight time (The FAA does not specify minimum total hours for this rating).
The instrument rating prerequisite is a private pilot certificate and includes a minimum of 35 hours of flight instruction.
Instrument experience can be accumulated by using a vision limiting device (normally an instrument hood) and flying with an appropriately rated safety pilot aboard.
Instrument rating - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (247 words)
Instrument Rating refers to the qualifications that a pilot must have in order to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).
For most private pilots, the most significant value of flying under IFR is the ability to fly in instrument meteorological conditions (such as inside clouds).
In the United States, an instrument rating is required when operating under Special visual flight rules (SVFR) at night.
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