Instrument Rating Proficiency Course

During the 10-Week Instrument Rating Proficiency Course you will prepare to pass the FAA Instrument Check Ride and IPC

Learn and  practice IFR Radio Communications with live (ATC) Air Traffic Controllers while in a group simulation environment anywhere with a high-speed internet connection.

The Instrument Rating Proficiency Course will include over 60 hours of training, participation in highly interactive webinars, self-paced labs that will build confidence, challenge intellect, and expand curiosity by exploring the world of aviation and prepare you for the Instrument Rating Checkride.

Already an Instrument Rated pilot? Strengthen and expand your capabilities.

Register Here for the Instrument Rating Proficiency Course

Instrument Rating Proficiency Course is $995 

Choose from the following Sessions - 

Visit the Weekend Test Prep Seminar (Click Here) page to learn about the dates.

(Test center fee, and lab materials not included – see below for details)

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What you will learn in the 
Instrument Rating Proficiency Course

  • Knowledge to legally, competently, and safely fly in the National Airspace System (NAS) under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)
  • Knowledge to obtain, analyze and predict current and future meteorological conditions and their impact on the safety, comfort, duration, and cost of flight
  • Knowledge of Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems and procedures for instrument flight operations
  • Knowledge of safe and efficient Cross-Country Flight Planning

Knowledge To Operate IFR

  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)
  • Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) Procedures
  • Electronic Navigation Systems
  • Human Factors
  • Aerodynamic Factors
  • Flight Instruments
  • Low Altitude En Route Charts and Instrument Approach Procedures
  • Single Pilot Resource Management (SRM)
  • Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)
  • Risk Management (RM)
  • Task Management (TM)
  • Situational Awareness (SA)
  • Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) Awareness
  • Automation Management (AM)

Knowledge of Meteorology

  • Aviation Weather Theory
  • Aviation Weather Services
  • Identification of Hazardous Weather
  • Choose Best Altitudes and  Routing
  • Justify Go/No-Go
  • Wx and ADM
  • Present a Wx Briefing

ATC Procedures

Pilot Interactive Communications Training 

ATC Clearances and Compliance

  • Departure
  • En Route
  • Holding
  • Arrival

Cross-Country Planning

  • Preflight Planning and Preparation
  • Risk Management
  • Performance
  • Alternatives

The Instrument Rating Proficiency Course Includes IFR Flight Simulation with live Air Traffic Controllers PilotEdge/VATSIM

Route selection



Air Traffic Control

  • Proper Phraseology / Mic fright reduction
  • Departure/Approach Clearances
  • Holding Clearances
  • Amended Clearances
  • Diversion 

System failures: Vacuum failure – PAR/ASR- No gyro approach

Traffic avoidance

Energy management

Workload management 


Aircraft performance


Risk mitigation

Successful Outcomes of the Instrument Rating Proficiency Course Include

  • Qualification and issuance of logbook endorsement by FAA Certified instructor indicating successful completion of the training required in accordance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal  Regulations - CFR § 61.65(b) determining the candidate is prepared for the Instrument Airplane Rating Knowledge Test.
  • Successful completion of Instrument Airplane Rating FAA Knowledge Test.
  • Successful completion of WINGS CEUs/hours FAASTeam sponsored online courses resulting in issuance of FAA WINGS certificates of completion.
  • Qualification and issuance of logbook endorsements by an FAA authorized instructor that the participant has received the  ground instruction required for the addition of an instrument rating to a pilot certificate in accordance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal  Regulations - CFR § 61.65.
  • Successful Completion of the oral portion (simulated) Instrument Rating Checkride similar to the one you will perform for an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner or an Instrument Proficiency Checkride. 

After you register for the Instrument Rating Proficiency Course, please make sure you purchase or have access to the following:

Flight Simulator (choose one)

  • X-Plane 10 (64 bit)(Approx. $60)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Gold Edition (Approx. $25)

Joystick (Approx.  $20 and up.) 

Subscription to PilotEdge ATC Simulator for ten weeks($40)

PC microphone/headphone (can purchase PC adapter for iPhone earphones approx. $5 for adapter or $20 for non-noise cancelling etc.

Comm1 IFR Radio simulator software (Approx $100)

IPad or electronic flight book (EFB) with Flight Planning Software           (choose one) Approx. $150 without discount

  1. ForeFlight Mobile (recommended) 
  2. Garmin Pilot
  3. Wing-X Pro
  4. Jeppesen Mobile Flight Deck (IFR)
  5. AOPA FlyQ/ efb

Meet your Masterflight Lead Instructor

Mordechai Levin

Mordechai Levin

Gold Seal Flight Instructor/ Masterflight Instructor

FAA Flight Instructor of the Year

FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is the Chicago Area Weekend Test Prep Seminar portion of the 10 week Instrument Rating Proficiency Course conducted?

A: Masterflight's Headquarters - 6000 IL Route 173 Richmond IL 60071

Q: What do I do if I can't attend one of the weekly Webinars or participate in the group simulation?

A: All webinars will be recorded, and all simulation will be able to be performed asynchronously. We recommend that you review or participate in the webinars even if you do not perform the flight simulation together with the rest of the class. 

Q: When is the weekend test prep seminar schedule?

A: Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Q: How many questions are on the Instrument Rating FAA Knowledge Test?

A: 60

Q: What type of questions are on the test?

A: Multiple choice - For example:

If the pilot loses visual reference while circling to land from an instrument approach and ATC radar service is not available, the missed approach action should be to 

a) make a climbing turn toward the landing runway and continue the turn until established on the missed approach course.

b) climb to the published circling minimums then proceed direct to the final approach fix.

c) execute a climbing turn to parallel the published final approach course and climb to the initial approach altitude.

Q: What is the passing score?

A: 70% (42 or more) of 60 questions must be answered correctly.

Q: How much time does it take to complete the test?

A: You are allowed two and one half hours to complete the exam. The national average is 73 minutes. The minimum time for successful completion is two minutes. Masterflight weekend ground school graduates often complete the test in less than one hour.

Q: Where can I take the test?

A: FAA-Designated Computer Testing Centers have been certificated to administer FAA knowledge tests. Applicants will be charged a $150 fee for the administration of FAA knowledge tests (not included in the Weekend Ground school fee.). Test registration numbers and a complete list of test centers can be downloaded from the Regulatory Support Division’s web site.Contact your local FSDO to obtain information concerning an FAA Designated Computer Testing Center in your area.

Q: What document or documents must I present prior to taking the knowledge test? 

A:Your Masterflight Instructor will provide all weekend ground school participants that complete the course a graduation certificate suitable for framing and a Pilot's Logbook endorsement certifying that they have satisfactorily completed an applicable ground training course and are prepared for the knowledge test.

Q: If I fail the knowledge test, is there any way to determine the areas in which I need additional work, so I can study for a retest?

A: Yes. You will receive an Airman Test Report from the testing center. The test report will contain your test score and will also list topic and content descriptions for the areas in which you were deficient.

Q: If I pass the knowledge test, will I receive the same information concerning areas in which I need additional work as I would if I failed the test?

A: Yes

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