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I've heard from many pilots that the Instrument Rating was by far the most difficult to get. On the other hand, I can't recall hearing a single instance of someone starting their instrument training and not finishing it (other than due to lack of time or money) or not being able to pass the test, whereas folks not finishing a PPL is shockingly common. I ...


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The use of FAA's anticipated separation rule is theoretically optional, and there are indeed times when controllers don't use it. While not common, now and then one hears "continue approach" (or similar) instead of an early landing clearance, as is normal under ICAO rules. Ditto for the occasional canceled clearance. However, anticipated separation exists ...


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And here's a good article from an AOPA writer from his experience actually doing a 10 day class. https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/1999/january/pilot/the-10-day-challenge


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There are several companies that offer 10 day IFR training class. They come to you, bring a simulator that you train on, you arrange the plane for actual flying. 10 days in a combination of classroom and in flight training. I don't know the costs, you can google "10 day ifr rating" and make a few calls. I did mine more traditionally I suppose - self study ...


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Like any other pilot certificate or rating, just how easy or hard it is to obtain is going to depend largely on the natural aptitude of the student, their dedication to the training process and how much time and effort they are willing to put into their training. I was alway a natural at instrument flying - got my Instrument Airplane rating back in 2011 and ...


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The problem is an instrument rating is expensive, time consuming and requires much more - expensive - proficiency related activity. If you are only flying 20-50 hours a year like most PPLs, it's pretty hard to come up with a "business case" to spend the 10-15 grand for getting one if you're not doing serious travel regularly, just from the standpoint of ...


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