Certification: Instrument - Powered-lift Rating

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Instrument - Powered-lift Rating provides pilots who hold this rating the privilege to fly powered-lift airplanes under instrument flight rules (IFR). FAA defines powered-lift as a heavier-than-air aircraft capable of vertical takeoff, vertical landing, and low speed flight that depends principally on engine drive lift devices or engine thrust for lift. Applicants must meet prerequisite and experience requirements. Applicants must pass a written and practical exam.

More than two years of education or training after high school required?
More than two years of work experience required?
Oral or Written Exam Required?
Renewal Required?
Every 2 Year(s)


The certification has an education level of an Associates of Arts or Associates of Sciences degree or higher and has a work experience requirement of more than 2 years, or requires obtaining a ‘core’ level certification from the same organization.

  • This certification is related to military occupational specialties.