Should I Get My Instrument Rating?

A favorite question among private pilots. Should I get my instrument rating? In short, the answer is a resounding yes! Pilots who continue their training are 52% less likely to have an accident. Not only are the statistics in your favor: imagine this.


You’re the proud holder of a Private Pilot Single Engine Land Certificate. Your friend asks you to fly him up for a meeting he’s attending. You drop him off and patiently await his return in the FBO. As the hours pass a low overcast layer moves in over the airport making the field IFR. Upon your friend’s return you realize that you’ll be stuck in that FBO a bit longer than you thought. Although the weather is 10 and clear at your destination you can’t leave because your departure airport is IFR.

Now if you had your instrument rating you could have easily made a routine
IFR flight with minimal “actual” conditions.

I’ll be the first to tell you that my instrument rating was one of the hardest
things I’ve done. My instructor was very demanding but it made me into a much better pilot.

I’m a firm believer that a good pilot is always learning! So why not step up to
the plate and make an appointment for your first or next instrument lesson.
Your instrument rating will not only make you a safer pilot but a more confident pilot.


Jason Schappert is a full time flight instructor and aviation blogger. Schappert was named Top Collegiate Flight Instructor of the Year in 2008 and contributes to AOPA’s Let’s Go Flying project. You can read more of Jason’s writing and video podcasts by visiting his blog: m0a.com.



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Jason Schappert is a full time flight instructor and aviation blogger. Schappert was named Top Collegiate Flight Instructor of the Year in 2008 and contributes to AOPA’s Let’s Go Flying project. You can read more of Jason’s writing and video podcasts by visiting his blog: MZeroA.com.

4 Replies to Should I Get My Instrument Rating?

  1. Don says:

    As much as I appreciate the value of an Instrument rating, the type of flying I do in myCessna 140 is purely just for fun and an occasional vacation. I think that practicing crosswind flying and basic navagation flying is plenty of precision for me. Plus my airplane would not make a good IFR platform.

  2. I completely agree. Doing the IR was tough and time-consuming but well worth it. It’s not just about flying in IMC – it’s about becoming a better pilot.

  3. Sylvia says:

    Bah, there goes my summer in that case. :)

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