Advanced Training

Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor Multi Engine and Upset Training

An advanced license can help make you a more capable, knowledgeable, safer pilot. Whether you want to escape the limiting effects of poor weather, or work towards a career as a professional pilot, Horizon Aviation can help you acquire the skills necessary to fly further, and faster. 

The Instrument Rating (IFR) allows you to fly through the clouds, and in conditions when the weather might not be perfect. You will fly the airplane from takeoff to final approach without using anything but the instruments on the instrument panel. Though challenging, there is nothing like the feeling of flying an instrument approach and breaking through the clouds with the runway right in front of you.

Horizon Aviation instrument students may follow an FAA-approved Part 141 training syllabus. The training is broken down into three stages beginning with basic instrument flying skills that provide a foundation for the more complex procedures that follow. 

Stage 1

  • Learn basic aircraft control using only the instruments
  • Discover intercepting and tracking instrument navigation courses

Stage 2

  • Fly your first instrument approach to landing
  • Learn how to enter and fly holding patterns
  • Gain proficiency in obtaining IFR clearances

Stage 3

  • Fly complete cross country flights using only the instruments
  • Refine IFR flying techniques
  • Prep for the IFR FAA checkride


  • You must have a Private Pilot Certificate before you begin your IFR training.

Completion Requirements

  • 50 hours of pilot-in-command cross country. This is waived for students enrolled in Horizon Aviation’s Part 141 instrument training program.
  • A minimum of 35 hours of flight training towards the IFR rating. 10 hours may be logged in an approved flight simulator. 
  • Written exam
  • Checkride

The Commercial Pilot License (CPL) is the next step for career students after completing the Instrument Rating. The CPL allows you to be compensated for your services as a pilot. You can get paid to fly! The training involves refining your skills, becoming proficient in complex airplanes, gaining a greater understanding of the aircraft systems and regulations, and expanding your ability to control the airplane through more advanced maneuvers and cross country flying.

The Commercial training is focused on developing your proficiency in complex aircraft, refining and expanding your cross country flying ability, and fine tuning your stick and rudder skills.

Stage 1

  • Plan and fly long cross country flights greater than 100nm
  • Gain night time flying proficiency
  • Perform night time solo cross country flights

Stage 2

  • Learn how to operate complex airplanes
  • Explore commercial pilot maneuvers
  • Expand knowledge of aerodynamics

Stage 3

  • Prepare for FAA Commercial pilot checkride
  • Refine commercial pilot maneuvers
  • Perfect knowledge of aircraft systems, aerodynamics, regulations, and cross country planning practices.


  • All CPL students must have a PPL prior to enrollment.

Completion Requirements

  • The CPL requires an instrument rating and 250 hours’ total time at a Part 61 school or 120 hours in a CPL program at a Part 141 school like Horizon Aviation.

Most pilots’ first paying jobs are as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). Instructors are tasked with creating the next generation of safe and skilled pilots, making it one of the most important jobs in aviation. Horizon Aviation’s CFI program cuts no corners and is the most thorough of its kind. Flying is the easy part. We teach you how to teach.

There are three separate flight instructor ratings that we provide training for:

  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
  • Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFII)
  • Multi Engine Instructor (MEI)

Flight instructor training focuses on developing your ability to communicate complex topics clearly and efficiently. Most of the training is done on the ground where you can practice that crucial skill. Time in the airplane will be spent learning how to fly and teach from the right seat of the airplane. 


  • CFI: instrument rating and commercial pilot license. 
  • CFII: instrument rating and commercial pilot license. 
  • MEI: instrument rating, commercial, and multi engine commercial pilot licenses.

Completion Requirements

Initial CFI: You can choose either the CFI or the MEI to be your first flight instructor license you train for. Regardless of which flight instructor you work towards first, you must pass Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) written exam along with the Flight Instructor written exam. Your checkride for your initial flight instructor license must be with a examiner from the regional FAA Flight Standards District Office. 

“Thank you for creating such a welcoming and fun learning environment for students. Thank you for helping me feel confident behind the yoke and my abilities as a pilot. Thank you for being patient and reassuring when I was struggling to grasp or understand concepts. Thank you for bringing such a positive energy to each lesson that I miss so dearly. Finally, thank you for the laughs and friendship along the way!”

Jennie ~ Private Pilot


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You can fly. We can teach you.