Instrument Rating

About Our Instrument Rating Course – Airplane


Whether you are planning to continue your training here at Ocean Aviation after attaining your private pilot certificate or you have already attained your private certificate and are seeking your instrument rating, Ocean Aviation is the place to gain your advanced ratings. As a Cessna Pilot Center and a FAA Approved Part 141 flight school,  we offer the professional training environment so important when training for your instrument rating. Being a Part 141 Flight Academy means we are overseen by the FAA and must maintain a level of professionalism most flight schools do not choose to attain. As a Cessna Pilot Center, we offer a computer-based curriculum that is recognized by the aviation community as one of the finest learning experiences available to perspective students. The Cessna Pilot Center instrument pilot course is available only at Cessna Pilot Centers.

Don’t settle for less than professional flight training available at a FAA Approved Cessna Pilot Center. Don’t settle for less than Ocean Aviation.

Train at the Beach

Our Aircraft

Our Aircraft

Ocean Aviation is four miles from the world famous resort of Ocean City, Maryland. Live at the beach and train above the most beautiful resort on the east coast. Our weather is perfect for your flight training all year around. Plus, we are less than an hour’s flight time from the most complex airspace in the country. We offer real world flying experience and a vacation lifestyle. Fly instrument approaches at Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and in the most complex airspace in the country. Train in the real weather environment that the northeast presents. Train to be the best.

Our Airspace

Ocean Aviation is based at the Ocean City Municipal Airport. When choosing a flight school, so many things should be considered. One of the biggest considerations should be, can I train in the airspace where the flight school is based? Is it overcrowded, is it restricted? Do I have to spend my flight training funds to fly away from the school to somewhere where training is permitted?

At Ocean Aviation, the airspace above and within 50 miles in all directions is class “E” airspace. That means the area around our airport; in fact, right above our airport is perfect for your flight training.

Surprisingly, so many flight schools are based in congested areas where flight training is prohibited. Your time spent in the aircraft flying is costly and should be spent training, not flying away from your school to begin your lesson.

All instrument training is done in an aircraft, in flight.


Ocean Aviation has beautiful resort style accommodations available all year around. We have several choices available. Are you someone who demands the very best? We have it. High end accommodations are available. Or, for those on a budget, choose our resort style student-housing. Contact our admissions office at to explore the housing arrangements that are right for you.

Our Staff

Our staff of FAA and Cessna certified flight instructors are ready to prepare you to become a competent and proficient and confident instrument rated pilot and then onwards, toward advanced ratings if you choose. Ocean Aviation’s Cessna Pilot Center curriculum has been recognized by flight training professionals as the absolute best flight training in the world.

Our staff is here to ensure your success. Your flight instructor will be assigned to you on your first day of training and will be available throughout your training. Our one on one instruction is second to none. Our chief flight instructor will ensure consistent training standards are maintained at each of your stage checks.

What You Need To Get Started

The FAA Instrument Rating is a rating issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, which allows a pilot to legally operate an aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions or IFR flight. More importantly, it allows a pilot to operate within the IFR system that professional pilots prefer. In today’s complex airspace most feel an instrument rating is essential.

In order to earn an instrument rating, a pilot must possess a private pilot certificate, complete a knowledge test and a practical flight test, which we refer to as your “check ride” with a designated flight examiner.

Prior to enrolling in our instrument rating, you must have at least a private pilot certificate, a current bi anneal flight review and a current medical certificate. If your bi anneal flight review is not current, we can complete that prior to enrollment. If you are not an American citizen, you will also need to complete a TSA screening process. No worries, we can guide you through that process.

Once TSA screening is complete and your medical/student pilot certificate is issued, you are ready to enroll in our Part 141 instrument pilot course. Enrollment in our Cessna instrument pilot course includes being listed with Cessna in our program, acquiring all your course material, which includes your new flight bag, and meeting your instructor and our staff for the first time.

Now the learning begins..

Before you decide that it seems too difficult, let us assure you that we are there not only to teach but also to guide you. From your initial interview, your first instrument flight, your first instrument cross country, throughout this experience, our professional staff will be there to answer questions and help make this not only a learning experience but a fun experience that will change your life.

  1. Be at least 17 years old to acquire the rating.
  2. Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  3. Possess at least a third-class FAA medical examination
  4. Pass the written aeronautical knowledge test.
  5. Receive flight training from a certified flight instructor.
  6. Completion of the training including a minimum of 35 hours of dual flight instruction and a final endorsement from your Certified Flight Instructor stating that you meet all requirements and are prepared for a practical flight test.

Time and Hours

The Federal Aviation Administration, under part 141 of the Federal Aviation Regulations has set a minimum time for an applicant to obtain an instrument rating at 35 hours. With each of our students, our goal is to provide the most professional training available and complete your training within 35 to 40 hours. Almost all candidates in our accelerated FAA Approved 141 program will complete the course in no more than 40 hours of flight training. To accomplish this, our students should be prepared to immerse themselves in the instrument pilot course to the extent required to move rapidly though the training. Most candidates will fly between two and three hours daily and will allow an additional two to four hours for computer based training. Most candidates can expect to complete our course in less than thirty days.

For many students, the accelerated program is not suitable. Those students can schedule their training so as to better suit their lifestyles. Many students train at their own pace to make the training fit their own schedules. Training two or three times weekly definitely an option.


Tuition is based upon student enrollment and an accelerated training schedule and completion in the FAA minimum number of flight hours. Most students do not complete in the minimum number of hours and so we request that you contact our enrollment counselors at They are trained professionals that will take the time to discuss your individual course requirements. They are happy to discuss a schedule and price quote based on your individual needs.

If you need accommodations. No problem, resort style student-housing is available.

As an eventual career path or simply a way of life, there is nothing quite like the thrill of flying!