Instrument Rating


Instrument Rating Cost Estimate 
Cost is based on a Cessna 172 price
Based on 50 hours of total flight time (actual flight times will vary)

20 Hours Ground Instruction
20 hrs x $55 = $1,100
25 Hours Flight Instruction
25 hrs x $55 = $1,375
25 Hours Solo Aircraft Time
25 hrs x $103 = $2,575
25 Hours Dual C172 Aircraft Time
25 hrs x $103 = $2,575

Other costs:

  • $160 medical exam and Student Pilot Certificate

  • $350 ground school, books and supplies

  • $150 FAA Knowledge Test Fee (written test)

  • $400 FAA Examiner's Fee (flight test)

    Total Cost: $8,685*

Option #1 
 Pay as you go, we take cash, checks and all major credit cards 

Option #2 
 Pre-pay on your account with check or cash and receive a 5% discount. You must pay at least $3,000 down on your account to start. Pre-pay accounts must maintain a $500 balance. 

Option #3 
 Get financing through the lender of your choice, which allows for a low repayment plan to cover the entire cost of your flight training up front. TruStar Federal Credit Union of Bemidji, 2312 Trustar Lane, Bemidji (218-444-5567) will finance the cost of flight training for up to 36 months. Monthly payments would be approximately $220 on a $7,000 training loan. 

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The length of time to obtain an Instrument Rating varies on the student’s ability to recall learned knowledge and individual study techniques. The Instrument Rating may be obtained in as little as 14 days.


*Current rates as of 28 October 2016


  • FAA Minimum flight time is 50 hours before testing ($8,145 for FAA minimum time).

  • Average cost is with current fuel prices.

  • Most students require 50-60 hours of flight time before their flight test.

  • The majority of ground training can be accomplished at home doing a self study program (accounted for in books and supplies estimate).

  • An average flight lesson consists of a pre-flight briefing, about 1 hour, and a post-flight debriefing, about 2 hours long costing of approximately $180.00.