The instrument rating includes 40 hours of Instrument Flight Training of which 20 are done in the simulator. During this phase of the training, all flights are simulated as charter flights with proper planning being required. All flights are provided with weather and require navigation logs, weight and balance and various other documents to be prepared. During the simulator training, the emphasis is placed on decision making. All flights are subject to certain abnormal or emergency procedures which require command decisions to be made from the flight crew. During the training on the simulator, students are introduced to many types of equipment and instruments. This allows the Commercial Pilot to integrate easily into the commercial environment on any type of aircraft. Aircraft training is completed on the applicable complex circuit.
During the instrument rating, many briefings are required to be completed to improve the knowledge and skills of the commercial and instrument-rated pilot.
Final testing for the instrument rating is unique to Superior Pilot Services. Final testing is based on planning an actual charter flight provided by the SACAA Designated Examiner. This includes the weather and the planning of the route to be flown, including standard departures, arrivals and flying on airways. This type of testing ensures the commercial and instrument pilot is ready to work in the commercial environment.