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Getting your instrument ratings is one of the best things you can do as a pilot. Here are 10 reasons why:
It also prepares you for unexpected weather, day or night.
Icing, thunderstorms, turbulence, and countless other things come into play on IFR flights. As an instrument pilot, you know how to analyze it all.
All it takes is a 100 foot cloud layer to ruin your VFR day. With an instrument rating, you can pick up a clearance, punch through the layer, and enjoy views like this from above the clouds.
Whether ATC tells aircraft to 'report the outer marker', 'join the localizer' or 'climb via the SID', you know what it all means.
They're the only things getting you safely back to Earth. You learn how to use every piece of equipment, and what to do if they fail.
MOAs? TFRs? You still need to be aware of them, but as long as you're on your ATC assigned route and altitude, you're good.
Do you want to own an airplane? Having your instrument rating is one of the easiest ways to lower your insurance premiums.
VFR pilots are restricted from flying in Class A airspace (yes, there are exceptions), but many GA airplanes can go as high as 25,000 feet. Having your instrument rating gets you into the flight levels, and lets you take advantage of bigger tailwinds, faster true airspeeds, and those incredible views.
IFR or VFR, you're prepared for an entirely new set of challenges and adventures at the controls of your plane.
Because there's no better feeling than shooting an approach and seeing this at the end...
Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.