Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating

I would like to hear any opinions on getting an instrument rating just to increase my skills and to fly in "soft" IFR conditions. I have a Cessna 150 that is IFR certified and I have been working with the Gliem ground school package but have not gotten very serious yet.

What I would like to know is;
Does it become any easier as time goes along to understand ALL that new information?
Would you recommend some time with an instructor before finishing the ground portion, if so, why?

Thanks in advance for any input here.
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Re: Instrument Rating

Hi Reece;

I have been working on my instrument rating now for a while, and am getting close to taking the check ride (probably another month).  I also did the Gliem on-line course and used a copy of the Gliem book as well.  Since the book is focused on passing the FAA test, much of the understanding doesn't really come until you start applying it in the air.  As I was taking instruction, my instructor and I were reviewing the ground school materials and discussing how it applied to flight planning and the actual flight.  I took the exam after about 30 hours of IFR flying, and passed the exam with a good score.

One thing to remember is that there is an oral portion to the flight exam, so we are still reviewing the material as I prepare for the flight check.  I hope I can report in a month or so that I have my instrument rating.

Jon

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I know it's been about a year since you posted this and if you got your instrument rating already congratulations!. if you haven't, it is most certainly something you should get. You ask if it gets easier with time and the answer is absolutely yes. Just like anything else, it needs to be practiced consistently. Your flying skills will become more precise and you will hold yourself to those standards every flight. With an IFR rating you don't have to have actual IMC weather to be in the system. As a matter of fact, I recommend that you fly the IFR system whenever possible (even in severe clear weather) so that when you are "in the soup" it is more natural and second nature. Another benefit, is that in the terminal areas, you don't have to worry so much about the different airspaces since the IFR flight plan will take care of all that automatically.

IFR is the next step, go for it...

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Hi Humberto:

As an update I did get my IFR ticket last May.  The biggest problem I have had since is to log enough actual or simulated time to stay current.  As you suggested, I try to file and fly IFR as much as possible, but can only count actual or hood time towards the currency requirements, and we haven't had much IMC here in So. Cal. lately.

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Jon,
again, congratulations on getting your rating. I know it's difficult to maintain currency when the weather is always clear. I don't know which part of So-cal you are in, but I live there as well. I keep my 182 at Riverside Airport (KRAL), my job keeps me away quite often but If I am around and you need a safety pilot, I'll be glad to help for just the plain fun of it.

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Hello Humberto;

I'm next door at Chino.  Send me an e-mail and I'll send you my contact information.  I'd like very much to share check pilot duties with you so we can stay current (I like to practice the ILS RWY 9 into Riverside).  I travel a bit to Pennsylvania with my job as well, but I'm usually at the airport on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons.

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