Advanced Training

Instrument Rating
Accelerated Instrument Training
Commercial Pilot Training
Initial Flight Instructor
Instrument Flight Instructor
Cirrus Transition
Instrument Rating

Earning an instrument rating allows a pilot to fly in the clouds, rain and fog, and other restrictions to visibilities that are below standard visual metrological minimums. Sounds easy enough; however, the instrument rating is a close second to the most complex rating to earn - an instrument pilot must be safe, precise, able to stay ahead of the airplane and not exceed any limitation, aircraft or pilot - always.

Sun Coast Aviation’s Instrument Rating Course uses an industry standardized training program with an effective syllabus to monitor and track a student’s progress. For the instrument rating, the airplane itself makes for an inefficient classroom. Just like military and airline training, Sun Coast Aviation Instrument Rating Course makes in-depth use of FAA-approved flight training device “simulators. Using the simulator allows the student to be taught standardized procedures which are then consistently practiced leading to high levels of efficiency in learning the fundamentals of instrument flight.

For example, imagine it is your first time at night in turbulent clouds heading toward an unfamiliar airport with gusty winds and blowing snow reported at the surface. As you scribe a path through the dark sky and follow the indications from your flight instruments and navigation systems, you have no sensation of speed or movement – a common sensation. As you descend in the night sky, all the instruments are telling you that you are right on course and glidepath when, suddenly, you sense movement, then peeking through the windshield are the brightening runway lights, finally inviting you to safely land. That was a tough one for your first experience. But this was a simulation. Before you make those first flights in an actual airplane, you will develop and hone important skills so that your airplane flights are closer to second nature - you have already been in departure, enroute, and approach conditions dozens of times in flight simulation and are ready for the “real” thing.

The FAA requires that you have a total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c) of the Federal Aviation Administration Regulations (14 CFR) and have received at least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.

You must meet certain prerequisites for this course:

  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot – airplane certificate.
  • FAA Instrument Aeronautical Knowledge Test passed
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
  • US third class medical or better
  • You must have logged the following: At least 30 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command.
Accelerated Instrument Training

Sun Coast Aviation offers a 10-day Accelerated Instrument Training Program. Our Program is designed for maximum use of flight simulation followed by intensive one-on-one training in our IFR-equipped Cessna 172 or Cirrus SR22T depending on your program choice.

This is a scenario-based program that focuses on single pilot operations with actual IFR flying. We begin the program in the Redbird SD learning IFR fundamentals and then transition into a simulated, round-robin, multi-day cross-country flight up the East Coast of Florida, into the Southern States and then returning down the West Coast of Florida with a final stop in Naples. You will practice numerous IFR departures, arrivals, and approaches to and from uncontrolled airports and controlled airports in Class D, C, and B airspace. Once you complete the flight in our Redbird SD simulator, you and your instructor will then depart in the real aircraft duplicating, as much as practical, your Redbird SD flight in an actual, cross country, multi-day IFR flight. The program completes with intensive local flight operations to prepare you for the instrument rating flight test. Once you complete your IFR rating, you and your instructor will spend several hours practicing your home base IFR approaches using our Redbird SD flight simulator.

The FAA requires that you have a total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c) of the Federal Aviation Administration Regulations (14 CFR) and have received at least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.

  • Flight Instructor and Aircraft are exclusively assigned to you
  • Course, pricing, flight and ground instruction is customized to individual needs and hotel and transportation are available
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You must meet certain prerequisites for this course:

  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate
  • VFR currency and proficiency to the Private Pilot ACS
  • FAA Instrument Aeronautical Knowledge Test passed
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
  • US third class medical or better
  • At least 30 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command.
  • Current Flight Review logged
Commercial Pilot Training

A Commercial Pilot Certificate is the logical step for those students on a path to a professional aviation career – flight instructing, aerial photography, aircraft ferrying, airline, or crop dusting can all be fulfilling careers and all require a commercial pilot certificate. As a commercial pilot, you will be expected to have a deeper understanding of aircraft systems, aerodynamics, airspace, and regulations and also be expected to demonstrate piloting the aircraft through maximum performance maneuvers such as chandelles, lazy eights, and eights on pylons.

Sun Coast Aviation’s Commercial Pilot course uses an industry standardized training program with effective syllabus to monitor and track a student’s progress.

You must meet certain prerequisites for this course:

  • Private pilot certificate
  • Instrument Rating Airplane is highly recommended
  • VFR currency and proficiency to the Private Pilot ACS
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge Test passed
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
  • US second class medical or better
  • A minimum of 240 hours total flight time with the following Pilot In Command Cross Country time logged:
  • one cross-country of 2 hours in a single engine airplane in day VFR conditions of a total straight line distance of more than 100 nm from the departure point;
  • one cross-country of 2 hours in a single engine airplane in night VFR conditions of a total straight line distance of more than 100 nm from the departure point;
  • 10 hours of solo flight in a single engine airplane on a Commercial Pilot areas of operation, that includes one cross-country flight of not less than 300 nm. with landings with a minimum of 3 points, one of which is a straight-line distance of more than 250 nm. and 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings at a controlled airport
Initial Flight Instructor

Are you interested in teaching others to fly? Then becoming a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) is your goal. This is a challenging undertaking. It takes dedicated work, long hours of study, and the development of skills that one may not have ever considered.

Learning to “fly” from the right seat is only one of the challenges a CFI student will face. Most of the CFI effort is a “ground-based” challenge with extensive self-study and guided practice and presentations to your Sun Coast Aviation instructor that is acting as a student and mentor. You will need to complete the Fundamentals of Instruction and the Flight Instructor Aeronautical Knowledge tests as well as being able to “teach” while flying from the right seat and demonstrating all the Private, Commercial and CFI flight maneuvers including receiving an endorsement for spin awareness, entry and recovery techniques.

Sun Coast Aviation’s Certificated Flight Instructor course uses an industry standardized training program with effective syllabus to monitor and track a student’s progress.

You must meet certain prerequisites for this course:

  • Hold at least a current commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating
  • VFR currency and proficiency to the Commercial Pilot PTS
  • FAA Flight Instructor and FOI Aeronautical Knowledge Tests passed
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
  • US third class medical or better
Instrument Flight Instructor

Are you interested in teaching others instrument flight? Then becoming a Certificated Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII) is your goal. This is a challenging undertaking. It takes dedicated work, long hours of study, and the development of skills that one may not have ever developed.

Sun Coast Aviation’s Certificated Flight Instructor - Instrument course uses an industry standardized training program with effective syllabus to monitor and track a student’s progress.

You must meet certain prerequisites for this course:

  • Hold at least a current commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating
  • IFR currency and proficiency to the Instrument Pilot ACS
  • FAA Flight Instructor and FOI Aeronautical Knowledge Test passed
  • It is recommended that you have an Initial CFI – Airplane Certificate
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
  • US third class medical or better
Cirrus Transition

If you are transitioning to the Cirrus, Sun Coast Aviation’s resident Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), will guide you along in this amazing aircraft. A typical transition takes 3-days intending to familiarize you with the VFR normal and emergency operations of the Cirrus.

A 5-day second course, Advanced Transition Course, is designed for the current and proficient instrument pilot. The syllabus is designed to cover normal and emergency IFR operations including coursework covering the autopilot and Garmin systems.

This is a custom quoted course depending on if you are flying your own Cirrus or renting our Cirrus SR22T.