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How soon can I get my IFR?

Asked by: 2511 views Instrument Rating, Student Pilot

So I just passed my Private Pilot Written Exam. My plan is to get my IFR ASAP....I have it scheduled to fly 3 days a week. Im looking at about 4 or 5 months until my pilots license. Would you recommend me starting my Online Ground School on Gleim.com for my IFR before getting my actual license, if so how long before. Its going to be December, I'll have my license about April...when should I start OGS for my IFR?


I have the time! I'm only 16 years old and im so driven to learn to fly! I dont feel like id overwelm my self..its been said to enjoy the flying & step away from the training but as soon as I sit in that cockpit im enjoying it! i enjoy it all! The training will get a break after my IFR. I just dont want to be limited to VFR

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  1. Matthew Waugh on Nov 28, 2011

    Start your ground school immediately. Flying IFR is 10% aircraft control and 90% thinking. Your ground school will really help you be ready for the training after you get the aircraft control part mastered (2-3 lessons).

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  2. John Parsons on Nov 28, 2011

    Go for it, if you have the time and money! 
    I haven’t got an instruiment rating yet, but I have nearly completed the ground school for it, and I can definitely say that taking the GS concurrently with training for my Private would have greatly enhanced my understanding of airspace, regs, communications and navigation.

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  3. JamesCFI on Nov 29, 2011

    I’d get some hours under your belt first, try to get a better mastery of the VFR world (include some major cross countries) and utilize flight following, this will help you when you start paying money for IFR training.
     
     Also I’d get the King school videos/program and go over that a few times before you start the clock with a CFII.

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  4. JamesCFI on Nov 29, 2011

    I’d get some hours under your belt first, try to get a better mastery of the VFR world (include some major cross countries) and utilize flight following, this will help you when you start paying money for IFR training. Also I’d get the King school videos/program and go over that a few times before you start the clock with a CFII.

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