I still consider myself a very fresh PPL. ~150hrs TT, ~1yr since my ticket got punched. I'm now a member of a semi-local flying club (40-60mins from home/work) and try to fly there a couple times a month minimum. They have a fleet of 172's and 152's and a mooney, and enough instructors to make good progress. I've been toying with the idea of starting my IFR rating. I haven't talked to the club yet, but I do know they typically want you to fly at least 2x a week if possible to make progress. I think I could commit to that, or close to it, at least until next summer. Money is not the issue, as I have funds saved up for aviation related training. My goals are two fold: - Become a better, more precise pilot. - Be able to "go places" more easily (and ideally get home if weather is an issue for VFR). My issues: - When I started PPL, I bought a few books, read the FAA material, and was pretty well aware of what I was getting into and how things would progress. I have tried to do the same for IFR, and I just have not yet found an "IFR 101" book/article/pamphlet that lays out the basics and gives a good overview. So suggestions are welcome. - Confidence. I need to build my confidence in weather, flying in and around weather, and less than "pretty good" conditions. Right now I am not comfortable in anything less than 10mi vis, and less than 15kt winds (less than 10kt xwind). I've been taking some instructors up with me to do more xwind, and less-perfect condition training. I guess I have a few questions and would like the POA feedback on them. - How hard is IFR rating compared to the PPL? I know its quite different but any real life comparisons of the actual training? - This club is a 141 school (although the do sometimes do part 61 too) - Should I wait a while, and build up more XC solo time? Only about 20hrs now. - Is getting this rating "mostly just to become a better pilot" really worth it? I enjoy the challenge of learning, and thrived on that when getting my PPL. I think the goal of this rating would keep me driven and I would be the better for it. For reference I'm gonna be 50 this year, and have zero plans for a career in aviation. I do have a biplane being restored and will work in getting my TW endorsement in this next few months too. Oh, and plan on going to Budd Davisson's Pitts school in the spring.