Pilot Proficiency Training

IFR Mastery

Our flagship program for serious instrument pilots, IFR Mastery is a continuing series of online, scenario-based workshops. Each month, we provide a challenging, real-world IFR scenario that tests your knowledge and hones your decision-making skills.

  • Master the finer points of Instrument flying
  • Hone valuable decision-making skills
  • Gain a better understanding of IFR procedures
  • Learn to recognize and avoid common traps

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VFR Mastery

VFR Mastery is a continuing series of online, scenario-based workshops. Each month, we provide a challenging VFR scenario that tests your knowledge and hones your decision-making skills.

It’s more than reading another article or watching another video. VFR Mastery delivers a powerful way to keep your head in the game and gain valuable experience from the comfort of your computer.

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“When it comes to exercising IFR thinking, the program that I was most impressed with was the IFR Mastery Series from PilotWorkshops.”

“PilotWorkshop’s IFR Mastery Series hits a sweet-spot mix of material to do on your own schedule and interactively – especially if you spend time in the discussion groups.”

IFR Magazine

Real World VFR

Real World VFR is delivered in a series of ten recorded, end-to-end flights, spanning a wide variety of airports and terrain. These flights were designed to be challenging, yet accessible to a proficient private pilot. They don’t require superhuman skill, just proper preparation and thought.

Each flight starts with a thorough briefing, then you follow pilot Keith Smith through the flights in real time as he tackles unusual takeoffs, approaches, landings, airports, airspace and navigation that could challenge any pilot flying VFR. You’ll also get thorough debriefs with Keith and his CFI as they discuss the flight and its learning points.

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Private Pilot: The Missing Lessons

Private Pilot: The Missing Lessons features valuable lessons that are often overlooked, glossed over or not fully explained during Private Pilot training.

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Airmanship Series

This series focuses on improving your flying fundamentals, the finer points that will keep you alive and out of trouble.

The workshops are taught by highly accomplished “Airmen” that have risen to the top of their professions as airline, military and corporate pilots. They are also award-winning flight instructors who share their personal experiences and tips learned from decades of real world flying.

The workshops have a “back to basics” focus that pilots of all experience levels will find refreshing and useful. Our instructors offer straight-forward, no-nonsense tips and techniques that are easily integrated into your cockpit.

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Real World IFR

Real World IFR is a series of videotaped, end-to-end IFR flights, with increasing complexity as you move through the program. There is a briefing before each flight, so you’ll know what to expect. Then you follow IFR veteran Keith Smith on flights in various airspace and weather conditions, some in his high-performance Lancair 360 and others in an FAA certified flight simulator with live ATC interaction.

As you fly along, Keith talks you through each task and procedure as he completes it. You will hear all of his ATC interactions so you will know the proper phraseology to use in all phases of an IFR flight. There are no shortcuts – you will follow the flight in real-time from engine start to engine shut down. Each flight is followed by a debrief to ensure you retain the key takeaways.

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IFR Proficiency Series

The IFR Proficiency Series is specifically designed to improve your skills in every aspect of instrument flight, focusing on the areas that matter most. Our instructors take you through their own personal experiences and offer tips learned from decades of teaching instrument pilots. Their stories are powerful and contain valuable lessons you will not forget.

Learn to safely plan your IFR flights, manage workload in the cockpit, work effectively with ATC, avoid hazardous weather and manage common in-flight emergencies.

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I have learned so much in the IFR Proficiency and Real World IFR programs. I love what you've done and the format in which it is presented. Your products are my "go to" when I'm trying to learn a new concept or refresh procedures.

Brian L. Scarbrough

IFR: The Missing Lesssons

This video program offers a fresh look at instrument flying and fills in important concepts that may have been missed during IFR training.

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"Great video on how to find and use "the numbers" for IFR flying. I wish I had THAT as my first IFR lesson."

Tim Porter (Snohomish, WA)

Advanced IFR

Follows instructor Ryan Koch through a series of IFR flights and teaches pro techniques and procedures that make instrument flying easier (and safer).

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“..a great learning tool for any pilot who wants a painless path to the experience typically gained by scar tissue.”

Edward S. FL

IFR Weather Briefings

A video program for pilots who want a simpler weather program that gets to right the heart of it…

  • Which tools do I use to answer this preflight weather question?
  • How do I find what I need quickly using these tools?

It teaches the power-briefing skills every IFR pilot should have, but few do. It details what tool to use with only the bits of weather theory relevant to the specific weather challenge.

If you’re new to IFR flying, this information will be gold. If you have lots of experience, you might fill a hole in your knowledge, or discover a new application—or shortcoming—for a tool you already use.

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Getting Started With Simulation

Getting Started With Flight Simulation: A video training series that walks you step-by-step through the entire process; from choosing a sim that is right for you, to setting it up, and using it sharpen your skills.

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Pilot-Friendly Manual for IFR Communications

Consider this manual a Field Guide to all the things IFR pilots and controllers say.

It eases the pain many pilots feel by using the secret to IFR radio work: Virtually all communications follow a script. Once you know the basic script, the variations become simple, and that’s how this book works.

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Pilot-Friendly Manual for VFR Communications

The Pilot-Friendly Manual for VFR Communications teaches you exactly what to say in every kind of VFR flight situation. Brush up on your radio skills while learning best practices. Includes videos that reinforce lessons with visual examples.

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I have only read the first few pages of the newly arrived VFR Comm book and I can't wait to find time today to finish it!
My wife is working on her private license and this is perfect for the dinner table.

Michael J Kent

Pilot-Friendly Manual for Airplane Engines

Learn how to get the most performance, dependability and longevity from your engine.

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It is simply the finest, most accessible resource on engines I have ever read. The illustrations are superb, the topics are inclusive and thoughtful, and the writing is both clear and instructive. I plan to use it as a resource for my students and for myself.

Victor Vogel, CFI-I

Pilot-Friendly Manual for Flying Companions

This simple, step-by-step, full color manual details 50 useful tasks a non-pilot can complete for you before, during and after a flight. It gets your flying companion involved (and more comfortable) while reducing your workload. Makes a great gift for your flying companion.

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I have to say this is an excellent idea. Most of us have flown with a Companion and it is great to empower them with a few tasks as well as lighten the pilot's load. Thank you for this great book.

David Parsons

Pilot Exercise Program

This Pilot-Friendly Manual contains 15 in-flight exercises carefully designed to improve the flying skills of any pilot while creating a fun, “scoreable” challenge. The objective is to experience something new, and then use that experience to improve your overall flying skills.

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"My hardcopy arrived yesterday, and I've only read a few of the chapters, but I have to say this little book you all have put out might be the best I've ever read, when it comes to flying...You've hit the nail on the head, in giving general aviation pilots a whole flight bag's full of goodies to go out there and work on. I just can't say enough for the new book. Thank you for all you and your staff's hard work and efforts."

Brad K. (Pilot Exercise Program customer)

Pilot-Friendly GPS Manuals

PilotWorkshops’ family of Pilot-Friendly GPS Manuals provides simple, step-by-step instructions for getting the most from your GPS unit. Developed by a highly experienced pilot, you’ll find the focus is on accomplishing the tasks you need vs. the “buttonology” of most manufacturer-supplied manuals.

Available for G1000, 750, 650, 530 and 430 models.

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I'm writing because I just ordered and received the Garmin GNS 430W manual and have been reading it and studying trying to get all of the functionality burned into my brain. Thank you for such a wonderful product.

Brian S.