Instrument Pilot Rating

Instrument Pilot Rating

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Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)

Training in California affords beautiful weather, however CAU utilizes IFR to the maximum extent during flight training.

The addition of the Instrument Rating to an existing private pilot certificate requires additional certified pilot training and competency in the areas of: flight operations in weather conditions, maintaining holding patterns, precision and non-precision instrument approaches and the use of cockpit automation.

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The rating also requires instruction in Air Traffic Control procedures to familiarize students with all classes of airspace and categories of airports. Students must become proficient in all the areas above to successfully acquire the instrument rating in California.

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Certificates and Ratings

Students in CAU commercial pilot programs earn the following certificates/ratings:

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