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Our instrument proficiency check is a rigorous assessment designed to ensure pilots maintain the necessary skills and knowledge to safely operate aircraft under instrument flight conditions.


Our instrument proficiency check is a thorough evaluation that assesses a pilot's ability to safely operate an aircraft solely by reference to instruments, ensuring proficiency in instrument flight procedures and emergency situations. Conducted by experienced instructors, the check includes tasks such as precision approaches, holding patterns, partial panel flying, and recovery from unusual attitudes. Pilots undergo simulated scenarios to demonstrate their competency in managing various inflight situations and adherence to regulatory requirements, guaranteeing they remain proficient and capable of handling instrument flight conditions effectively.



The training curriculum of our instrument proficiency check encompasses a comprehensive range of topics and practical exercises tailored to ensure pilots maintain proficiency in instrument flight operations. It typically includes:

  • Regulatory Requirements: Review of pertinent regulations and requirements related to instrument flight operations, ensuring pilots remain current and compliant with regulatory standards.

  • Instrument Procedures: Instruction on instrument flight procedures including departures, arrivals, holding patterns, and instrument approaches utilizing various navigation aids such as VOR, NDB, GPS, and ILS.

  • Aircraft Systems: Detailed study of aircraft instruments, avionics, and systems relevant to instrument flight, including understanding of autopilot functions and navigation equipment.

  • Flight Planning: Guidance on flight planning techniques specific to instrument flight, including fuel planning, alternate airport selection, and weather analysis focused on instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

  • In-Flight Decision Making: Scenario-based training focusing on decision-making skills in various weather and emergency scenarios encountered during instrument flight operations, emphasizing safety and risk management.

  • Instrument Procedures Training (IPT): Practice sessions focusing on executing instrument approaches, holds, and navigation procedures under simulated instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

  • Partial Panel Procedures: Training on flying the aircraft with partial instrument failure, including recovery from unusual attitudes and reliance on alternate instruments.

  • Emergency Procedures: Instruction on emergency procedures specific to instrument flight, such as loss of communication, equipment failure, and diversions to alternate airports.

  • Crew Resource Management (CRM): Emphasis on effective communication and coordination between pilots, as well as decision-making processes in the cockpit environment during instrument flight operations.

  • Flight Review Evaluation: Practical evaluation of the pilot's proficiency in executing various instrument flight procedures and emergency scenarios, ensuring compliance with safety standards and regulatory requirements.

  • Feedback and Debriefing: Detailed feedback and debriefing sessions to review performance, identify areas for improvement, and set goals for ongoing instrument proficiency training.


By covering these areas comprehensively, our instrument proficiency check ensures that pilots maintain the necessary skills, knowledge, and proficiency to safely and effectively operate aircraft under instrument flight conditions, enhancing overall aviation safety.



  • Valid Driver’s License 

  • Proof of Citizenship (or approved FTSP application) 

  • FAA Medical Certificate

  • Pilot’s Certificate with Instrument Rating



  • Train to proficiency according to the instructor

Est. Completion Time: 2 - 4 Hours (depending on experience)

Est. Cost: $400 - $800

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