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Starting January 1, 2040

Instrument Proficiency Check Description

 Instrument rating refers to the qualifications that a pilot must have in order to fly under instrument flight rules (IFR). It requires specific training and instruction beyond what is required for a private pilot certificate or commercial 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.


General Requirements:

  Candidates must be 16 years of age to solo and 17 years of age for a private pilot certificate at time of completion, and hold a valid Third Class Medical Certificate. Be able to read speak, and understand the English language.
Obtain at least a current third-class medical certificate. Pass the FAA written knowledge test as well as the FAA practical flight test.

Flight Requirements:

   Minimum of 40 hours of flight that must include the following: Minimum of 20 hours dual with flight instructor, which includes:

  • 3 hours of cross-country.
  • 3 hours of instrument flight.
  • 3 hours of night flying
  • Minimum of 10 hours solo flight, which includes:
  • 5 hours solo cross-country
  • 3 landings and take-offs’ at an airport with an operating control tower.
  • The balance of 10 hours may be with a flight instructor or solo.

   NOTE: 40 hours is the Federal Aviation Administration set minimum. Most pilots will require more flight time to prepare for the practical test. While the normal average is 70 hours, the IAE average has been between 55 and 60 hours.

COVID-19 Precautions

At Island Air Express Panama City we are taking the necessary precautions to protect you, your family, and others against Covid-19. We follow the CDC guidelines and enforce wearing a mask at all times in the airplane, inside of public places, and encourage social distancing.

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