Instrument Flight Rules Training

IFR Training

Getting your IFR ticket is the next logical step for a Private Pilot, and also incredibly valuable. An IFR pilot flies to higher standards and your Instrument Rating may be the difference between flying, and waiting on the ground for the weather to improve. At CRAFT, you can log 50% of your required training time (20 hours) in our Redbird full-motion simulator, and the simulator is quality training. In the airplane, you will find yourself training “under the hood” and the actual number of approaches you can fly will be limited by availability and ATC workload, not to mention the time it will take you to start up, taxi out, and transition to your approach target, and by time, we mean money.

With the Redbird simulator, you can instantly be transported to the airport you want to practice at – ATC won’t be too busy, or vector you around the sky to fit you in with other traffic. Your instructor can move you back to the same location over and over until you have mastered that particular part of the approach, and it’s all in virtual instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) – no peeking! Our simulator will force you to develop good scanning techniques, and with our block time rates, at a third of the cost of a rental airplane.

In fact, the FAA has approved our simulator for an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC), with the exception of the circling approach and the actual landing. 

See what Rod Machado has to say about the simulator and IFR Training.

Interested in IFR Training?

Accelerated Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Course

You’re a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only pilot and have had to cancel numerous flights due to pesky cloud ceilings. Having the VFR rating is great when the weather cooperates, but now your ability to support your lifestyle is impacted every time a cloud layer appears. What’s the solution?

Get your IFR rating!

CRAFT’s Accelerated IFR Course is perfect for the pilot with limited time. This week-long rigorous course is designed to get your IFR ticket quickly while allowing you to absorb and master all the necessary information to make you a confident IFR pilot. You’ll have an experienced CFI-I with a 100% pass rate dedicated exclusively to you. Your instructor will provide structured, one-on-one training with a focus on results. Train in the simulator in the mornings and in the aircraft in the afternoons.  

Our IFR course utilizes the Redbird FMX Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) and the Diamond DA40 aircraft (or bring your own aircraft!). Both have a Garmin G1000 panel representing modern avionics. The DA40 is a state-of-the-art aircraft, perfect for your IFR journey. The G1000’s easy-to-read glass panel provides outstanding situational awareness in IFR conditions. The GFC 700 digital autopilot makes flying this aircraft a dream on long cross-country flights.

The G1000 suite also features Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT), providing a virtual display of unseen hazards in IFR conditions, and was recently upgraded with the Garmin GTX 345 ADS-B system, making it fully compliant with the FAA’s ADS-B 2020 mandate. The GTX 345 interfaces with the G1000 system to graphically display traffic and weather via ADS-B, and has the ability to wirelessly connect with your tablet to display similar information on select Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications.

If you choose to use our aircraft, you will be trained to pass your check ride in the DA40. We begin by familiarizing you with the G1000 system. You will become proficient with the G1000 by using the system in our simulator and aircraft. This will ensure you are well prepared for your check ride. We can also conduct additional training after your check ride in order to make sure you can fly non-G1000 equipped aircraft.


Required Training

can be accomplished in our full-motion simulator!

  • $5,750 if you bring your own airplane
  • $8,500 – $10,500 if you use our Diamond DA40

CONTACT US for further information and any additional questions you may have.

Course Includes
  • Up to seven days of training (WX dependent)
  • CFII dedicated exclusively to you
  • Redbird FMX Simulator instruction – up to 20 hours
  • Flight instruction up to 35 hours
  • Training materials:
    • Instrument Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-15B)
    • Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA-H-8083-16B)
    • Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide (ASA-OEG-19)
    • Instrument Rating ‒ Airplane ACS (FAA-S-ACS-8B)
    • Garmin G1000 PFD Pilot’s Guide for Diamond DA40
    • Garmin G1000 Pilot’s Training Guide (instructor’s reference)
  • Successfully passed FAA Instrument Knowledge test (bring printed Airman Knowledge Test Report)
  • 40 hours PIC cross-country time
  • 10 hours of Instrument Time
  • Current Flight Review
  • Current FAA Medical Certificate
  • Either a valid U.S. Passport, a U.S. birth certificate, or TSA approval (for non-U.S. students)
  • Examiner’s fees – approximately $500 (may vary by Examiner) 
  • Unless you bring your own aircraft, aircraft rental 10-15 hours Diamond DA40 at $200/hour wet.
  • This is a fast paced course.  We cannot emphasize enough that you must come prepared.  If remedial training is needed, standard school rates for aircraft rentals and instructors will apply. 
  • If the accelerated course is not an option for you, contact CRAFT for other IFR training options.

Get Started on Your IFR Training

That means you can do the bulk of the IPC in the simulator, then go out the airplane,
make one approach back to the airport, land, and you’re done!


CRAFT has enjoyed great success with its flight courses. We offer Private Pilot, Instrument Flight Rating (IFR), Commercial Single, Commercial Multi, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII), Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instructor, and an ATP Checkride Prep course.

Private Pilot License  $9,000 - $13,000
The beginning of an Aviation Journey. Can be completed in as little as 2 months. However, most students take about 4-6 months.

Instrument Flight Rules $9,500
The next step and one of the most important. You can’t always count on the weather to be VFR.

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Training Hours

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