Having an instrument rating allows you the freedom of flying on your schedule, sunshine or clouds. Most students who get their Private Pilot License will also earn the Instrument Rating.
How does it work?
You need to log at least 40 hours of flight by reference to the aircraft instruments. This is broken up as follows:
Learning how pilots control the airplane solely by instrument reference.
Taking cross country flights to get familiar with Air Traffic Control.
Practicing instrument approaches into airports.
Becoming proficient in holding patterns.
Effective IFR communication.
Why should you have an Instrument Rating?
Instrument Rating Certifications give you the flexibility to fly under different weather conditions.
Take trips without risking getting caught outside of your comfort zone due to night time or weather.
To become more proficient with the Air Traffic Control systems.
Gives you the ability to take on a career in aviation.
Helps you become a better pilot even when flying in VFR conditions.