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Flight Training - Training Curriculum

Instrument Rating:

FAA Requirements:

  • 50 hours cross country (over 50nm) as Pilot In Command.
  • 15 hours of Instrument Flight Instruction.
  • 40 hours simulated or actual Instrument Flight time.
  • A 250nm Instrument Flight Rules cross country.

The FAA no longer requires a minimum number of total flight hours, sale so this rating can be started as soon as the Private Pilot Certificate is achieved. 

Instrument Certificate Curriculum:

  • Initial Indoctrination (Ground School): I - 1
  • Required Instruments and Equipment: I - 2
  • Cockpit Check: I - 3
  • Attitude Indicator: I - 4
  • Airspeed Indicator: I - 5
  • Heading Indicator: I - 6
  • Sensitive Altimeter: I - 7
  • Turn Needle and Coordination Ball: I - 8
  • Vertical Speed Indicator: I - 9
  • Attitude Control (Pitch, nurse Power, sickness Bank and Trim): I - 10
  • Straight and Level Flight, Full Panel: I - 11
  • Climbs and Descents, Full Panel: I - 12
  • Climbing and Descending Turns, Full Panel: I - 13
  • Turns to Headings: I - 14
  • Compass Turns to Headings: I - 15
  • Steep Turns: I - 16
  • Timed Turns: I - 17
  • Instrument Takeoff: I - 18
  • Rate Climbs and Descents: I - 1 9
  • Airspeed Changes in Straight and Level Flight: I - 20
  • Airspeed Changes in Turns: I - 21
  • Stalls, Full Panel: I - 22
  • Recovery from Unusual Attitudes, Full Panel: I - 23
  • Straight and Level Flight, Partial Panel: I - 24
  • Climbing and Descending Turns, Partial Panel: I - 25
  • Recovery from Unusual Attitudes, Partial Panel: I - 26
  • Maneuvering at Approach Speed: I - 27
  • VOR Approach: I - 28
  • Radio Communications: I - 29
  • VOR Approach: I - 30
  • ADF Tracking and Homing: I - 31
  • ADF Approach: I - 32
  • ILS Front Course Approach: I - 33
  • Localizer, Back Course Approach: I - 34
  • Radar Approach: I - 35
  • "No Gyro" Approach: I - 36
  • Missed Approach: I - 37
  • Holding Patterns: I - 38
  • Instrument Flight Planning (Ground School): I - 39
  • Preparing IFR Flight Plans (Ground School): I - 40
  • En Route Emergencies: I - 41
  • ATC Filed Cross Country on Federal Airways: I - 42
  • Oral Examination for Flight Test (Ground School): I - 43

 

 

Flying Is...

"You can always tell when a man has lost his soul to flying. The poor bastard is hopelessly committed to stopping whatever he is doing long enough to look up and make sure the aircraft purring overhead continues on course and does not suddenly fall out of the sky. It is also his bound duty to watch every aircraft within view take off and land". >Ernest K Gann, 'Fate is the Hunter'