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What does an instrument rating cost? (The CB-IR way)

By Erlend Vaage

Going the CB-IR way is probably the most cost-effective way to get an instrument rating, so let’s have a look at the cost for a CB-IR when training with your personal instructor (IRI).

I’ve tried to be realistic here, but costs may be reduced when training in other parts of Europe than in the Scandinavian countries.

Possible travel cost and lodging is not included.


  • CB-IR theory package from Oslo Flight Academy (distance learning course followed by a classroom or online course). €1490
  • The CB-IR series (my books!): €149. Too cheap, I know…
  • Exams (Norwegian CAA): €620

TOTAL: €2259

Practical program with your personal instructor

  • 30 hours of flying in a club aircraft (or in your own aircraft) at €200 per hour: €6000
  • 30 hours of instructor fee at €60 per hour: €1800.

TOTAL: €7800

Practical program at an ATO (flight school)

  • 11 hours of flying (including one hour assessment flight to check your competency before starting the ATO programme) at €300 per hour: €3300
  • 11 hours of instructor fee at €60 per hour: €660.

TOTAL: €3960

Skill test etc.

  • Aircraft rental: €300
  • Examiner fee (Norway): €400
  • Skill Test fee (Norwegian CAA): €400.

TOTAL: €1100

And the grand total?

Assuming you only need 30+11 hours and don’t fail any exams or skill test:


Then you might have travel expenses and lodging, depending on your location.

I think this can be quite realistic (at least in the Scandinavian countries) if you are flying with a good and efficient instructor, fly a safe and sensible aircraft and do your mandatory hours at a serious flight school.

Comments or question? Let me know!