An instrument rating is added to a Private Pilot’s License and allows a pilot to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Instrument students exercise greater control of their aircraft, enabling them to fly in adverse weather conditions with reduced visibility. An instrument rating makes for a safer pilot and is usually a requirement for those looking to fly professionally.
The instrument rating removes the fair-weather restriction of your pilot certificate. With the instrument rating, no longer are you stuck on the ground, unable to return home, due to cloudy skies. With the instrument rating, you can fly right through it! It also will greatly increase your comfort in talking with air traffic control, and you will learn how to incorporate cockpit resource management into every flight. The instrument rating will make you an all-around safer pilot.