Pilots planning to pursue a professional piloting career or private pilots who do not want to be limited to flying in only VFR conditions will need an instrument rating. Commercial pilots without an instrument rating are extremely limited in their career options.
Our students are trained initially on Garmin standard six pack and then finish on dual glass PFD’s and a Garmin 175 GPS. Flying and navigating in Alaska can be challenging! Because of this, ourstudents are trained using situational awareness aides such as Foreflight but will not be dependent on them since paper charts and paper plates never run out of battery.
Our goal is not to just pass the check ride because instrument skills will deteriorate over time when not exercised frequently. Our instructors focus on teaching strong foundations so that students can always rely on their initial training for the rest of their flying careers. We do not use simulators; you will be flying an actual airplane for the duration of your course. We believe this instills superior piloting skills.
This program is syllabus-based and is benchmarked with checkpoints that IFR students are required to meet to stay on track to meet the guaranteed price and timeframe of the program. Students will have daily homework and are expected to be on time, prepared and serious about the success of their training.
Syllabus Based Training
We have adopted the ASA Complete Instrument Pilot syllabus-based training program. The program covers all the information necessary to become an Instrument Rated Pilot, which prepares you for your check ride. With our program, we provide you all the materials you will need throughout the course.
Once we receive your deposit, we will provide you with an online ground school course that allows your instructor to have visibility of your progress and be able to tailor your one-on-one ground school throughout your training. This course provides you with an e-book, over 10 hours of video presentations, and practice quizzes to prepare you for your written knowledge exam.
We have found this to be much more beneficial and practical than the standard ground schools that other flight schools use. Upon successful completion of the practice tests, you will receive a certificate to present when taking your written test.
- Aircraft and Flight Instructor Exclusively Assigned to You
- Flying as pilot in command with an instructor in an aircraft, not in a simulator
- Training materials plus 25 hours instrument ground instruction
- FAA Instrument Written Knowledge Exam fee *(Please save a copy of the receipt for the reimbursement of one Written Knowledge Test)
- FAA Practical Test Endorsement plus materials for knowledge test and course materials
- Course, pricing, flight, and ground instruction can be customized to individual needs
- Note: Training takes place at our location in Palmer, Alaska
Items Not Included:
- Check Ride (Approximately $750)
Topics covered include:
- Risk Management
- Aeronautical Decision Making
- Task Management
- Single Pilot Resource Management
- Scenario Based Training
- Personal Minimums
- Basic Instrument Flying
- Flight Planning
- ATC System & Communications
- Advanced aircraft & avionics systems training
- Fuel Planning / and alternate airports
- Weather planning for the general aviation pilot
- Proper power settings and airspeed control
- Proper ATC radio communications
- Flight Planning – Airway and Off Airway
- Non-precision approaches
- Precision ILS approaches
- IFR cross-country
- Enroute procedures
- Localizer back course
- DME arc maneuvers
- ASR and PAR approach
- Visual and contact approaches
- Advanced instrument approaches
- Partial panel flying
- Proper power settings and airspeed control
- Holding procedures
- VOR and NDB tracking
Come prepared with the following information:
- Current US Passport or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
- US third class medical or higher(We highly recommend Dr. Robert Thomas in Anchorage, AK. (907) 868-2961)
- Current Flight Review logged
- VFR currency to the Private Pilot Practical Test standards
- 25 hours PIC cross-country time logged, or we can arrange to have this completed while you are here
We know that costs associated with flight training can be quite the investment. For financing your program we recommend AOPA or Pilot Finance, which are geared toward pilot training. The best part of these financing options is that the payments are typically less than just one lesson with your instructor.
AOPA Finance https://www.finance.aopa.org 1-800-627-5263
Pilot Finance https://www.pilotfinance.com 1-800-667-0201
Other options for financing may be your personal credit union or a low or no-interest credit card.
Instrument Rating Requirements
The instrument rating requirements, as specified in 14 CFR 61.65, are summarized below. By the time you complete our accelerated program, you will have met all these requirements and be prepared to test for your Instrument Rating.
A person who applies for an instrument rating must:
- Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
- Hold a current flight medical, at least third class
To meet the instrument rating requirements, you must have logged the following:
- At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.
- A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c)
- At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.
For instrument-airplane rating, instrument training on cross-country flight procedures, including at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under instrument flight rules. This flight must consist of:
- A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing.
- An instrument approach at each airport.
- Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems (Example: ILS,VOR, GPS, etc.).
- At least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the checkride within two calendar months before the examination date.