Instrument Proficiency Check

Staying Safe & Proficient

14 CFR 61.57 requires a minimum of six instrument approaches, holding procedures and tasks, and intercepting and tracking electronic courses every six months to remain current for your instrument rating. However, The FAA gives pilots a six month grace period if they are unable to meet the minimum currency requirements for their instrument rating in the first six months. If, however, you fail to meet these requirements within one year, you are required to undergo an instrument proficiency check.

The instrument proficiency check is almost like a checkride for your instrument rating. It verifies that you are still proficient, safe, and knowledgeable on the aircraft systems and operation in the IFR system. The instrument proficiency check requires both ground and flight instructions by certificated flight instrument instructor.

Time For Completion & Cost

My instrument proficiency checks give each client an overview have operations under IFR, and work with each client to verify that they are both proficient and safe in the operation of their aircraft under instrument conditions. An instrument proficiency check can range from anywhere between one to five hours, and multiple flight sessions. Considering that operations under IFR require greater precision and a heightened degree of awareness, the instrument proficiency check is a critical component for ensuring aviation safety. And the best part: you cannot fail an instrument proficiency check. Like a flight review, an instrument proficiency check can only be completed. If during any one of the flight sessions your performance is below ACS standards, the session will simply be logged as dual instruction, and I will continue to work with you until you become proficient. I charge $100/hr for both ground and flight instruction related to the instrument proficiency check.


IPC Procedure

Ground Instruction
The ground instruction portion of the instrument proficiency check focuses on verifying two things: whether you are still current on the basic elements of visual flight, and refreshing your memory on all of the rules and regulations that pertain to instrument flight. Additionally, we will go over aircraft systems, weather, aircraft performance, preflight planning, postflight procedures, and all of the required ACS subjects for the instrument rating. There may be one or multiple ground sessions depending on your needs. The ground portion also utilizes approved training devices to help get you back into the “IFR swing.” After the completion of the ground training, we will move on to the aircraft and start flying.
Flight Instruction
The flight training portion follows the ACS requirements to verify that you can safely and proficiently operate in the IFR system. We will cover all the ACS maneuvers, in addition to some VFR maneuvers done under the hood. We will also execute various types of instrument approaches, holds, and potentially fly a cross-country flight if required to verify your cross-country planning skills and ability to divert in the event of an emergency. I keep it simple: I measure performance based on the ACS.
Upon the satisfactory completion of both the ground and flight training portions of the instrument proficiency check, I will provide you with your endorsement. The ultimate goal is safety. Successfully completing the instrument proficiency check allows you to act as pilot in command under IFR conditions.