Why Get Yourself Rated for Instruments?
We all know that the instrument pilot checkride is undeniably difficult. It’s highly possible that you might have to take the checkride more than once before you finally get that rating you’ve been waiting for, though you can always increase or improve your chances by adequate preparation. Still, the level of difficulty doesn’t change and all you can do is to get yourself as ready as you could possible make yourself to be.
Don’t get cold feet just yet. It’s easy to understand why you would have second thoughts about getting yourself rated for instruments. However, you can’t just turn your back on something that will be really advantageous to you as a private pilot. So, despite the apparent difficulties that are involved in here, why should you put your mind on getting a rating for instrument flying? It’s simple; getting rated will lift several restrictions on your certificate, depending also on your medical restrictions. When you’re rated for instruments, you shall be able to do night flying, flying in all types of weather, and cross-country flights.
If you want to fly by night, you’d have to learn how to read your instruments. You can’t use VFR or visual flight rules at night because there’s nothing for you to see, and it also puts you at risk of conditions such as disorientation, autokinesis or mistaking a stationary light to be moving after looking at it for a certain period of time, and many others. It is actually safer to fly at night using IFR, and you can only do it if you’re rated for instrument flying.
Flying in All Weathers
VFR is also not possible in bad weather, because visibility is so low. If you rely on your eyesight only, then you’re going to get into trouble when you find yourself flying in bad weather since you cannot see a lot in front of you. You can easily do that when you’re flying instruments, however. With the aid of the Air Traffic Controller, you should be fine.
Instrument flying is very useful when you’re going on a cross-country flight, whether long or short. Cross country flying makes extensive use of VOR navigation, which is a form of instrument flying already. If you haven’t been taught or have not been rated for flying “under the hood,” as IFR is nicknamed, then you’re surely going to get lost flying several hundred miles away from home.