Instrument Proficiency Check
The instrument rating is what allows a pilot to use his or her
certificate for dependable transportation rather than just for fun
and recreation. Keeping your hard earned instrument rating
current is necessary every 6 months in order to exercise the privileges
of the rating. Should your rating fall out of currency, you
have 6 months of grace period to get current with the help of a
safety pilot. After 12 months, you must either complete an
Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) or retake the instrument rating
practical test. Most pilots opt for the IPC and many pilots
also complete an IPC every 6 months to maintain their instrument
skills and enhance safety. Think about it this way.
Professional pilots that fly routinely and accumulate hundreds of
hours per year are required by operating regulations or insurance
requirements to complete routine recurrent training. If they
need it, how much more so does the typical private pilot flying
a few hours a month?
FAA Part 61 rules do not set forth a number of hours for the IPC,
but rather states that the check pilot or certified instructor is
to establish a flight review that allows the pilot to demonstrate
a representative number tasks required by the instrument rating
PTS. Therefore, the PTS is used as the guide and reference
Our IPC consists of a ground review of the rules and regulations,
IFR procedures for each phase of flight, weather and weather products,
and emergency situations. This usually takes about 2 hours.
The flying portion is tailored for your type of IFR flight operations
and aircraft equipment. We'll do basic attitude instrument
flying and unusual attitude recovery in both full and partial panel
configurations, holding, navigation tasks, and approaches (again,
in both full and partial panel configurations). The flying
portion typically takes a couple of hours.
| IPC Using School
|| Typical Hours
| Dual Flight Hours, ASEL rental
| Flight Instructor Hours
| Ground Instructor Hours
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our Instrument Ground School Course.