Advanced Training

Bring your experience to a new level with Tailwind!

For those who want to add some depth to their flight training while also adding to the type of weather conditions they are able to fly in, Tailwind Flight Center offers Instrument Rating training. This will allow Private Pilot certificate holders the ability to fly into “instrument meteorological conditions” (IMC), with a properly equipped aircraft, of course. Call us today to begin your advanced training.

Instrument Rating Training Requirements - to begin training, you must:

  • Hold at least a private pilot license
  • Be able to read, speak and understand the English language
  • Hold at least a current FAA third class medical certificate

Instrument Rating Certification Requirements – to complete training, you must:

  • Log at least 50 hours of cross country pilot in command time, of which at least 10 hours must be in a fixed wing aircraft (This can be done at anytime prior to or during instrument training)
  • Log a minimum of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, including:
  • Minimum of 15 hours of instrument training from an authorized instructor
  • One cros country flight in IFR conditions that consists of a 250 nautical mile leg and 3 different kinds of approaches, and an approach at each airport
  • A total of 10 hours may be in an approved “PCATD” simulator.
  • Pass a written exam
  • Pass a flight test consisting of an oral exam and a practical exam