IFR Missing Lessons

IFR: The Missing Lessons

These are the valuable lessons that are often rushed through, glossed over, or completely missed during IFR training.

Things You Wish Your Instructor Had Taught You

Too often, IFR training is focused on passing the checkride. We’ve seen this first hand and confirmed it with thousands of IFR pilots who have purchased our training programs over the years.

Getting the rating is a tall task for the student and CFII alike, so it’s no wonder important concepts, techniques and procedures get short-changed during IFR training.

Unfortunately, these missing lessons can make the difference between struggling to fly IFR, and flying with confidence. This video program fills these gaps by explaining the things you wish someone had explained completely in the first place. We cover the things every pilot needs to know to comfortably fly IFR.

Ground Lessons and In-Flight Demonstrations

The missing lessons videos are presented in a simple format. Each video provides a detailed explanation of a specific technique or procedure, then a demonstration on the simulator shows you the technique in practice.

End-to-end flight videos use detailed preflight briefings as a teaching opportunity, followed by analysis of each step of the flight as it happens—all with live ATC communications. This combination of ground lessons and flying in the simulator will help you understand the material at a deeper level.

These missing IFR lessons come from an instructor’s experience and perspective. So even if you’re a CFII there are pro tips and techniques you may never have seen. If you’re an experienced instrument pilot, the demonstrations may reveal the fix to a problem that has plagued you for years. If you’re a rusty IFR pilot, this is a great first step toward getting back in the clouds, and if you’re an instrument student you’ll be light years ahead in learning IFR.

While some of this material will be a review, much of it will be new knowledge you’ll wish you had when you first got your rating.

Meet Your Instructor

Ryan Koch

CFII, Director of Product Development

Ryan is responsible for the design and development of our new online training courses and pilot-friendly manuals, and oversees the course development team. He is also an active flight instructor specializing in instrument flight, is a flight simulator expert, and has experience doing remote flight instruction via simulators.

Ryan was the driving force behind the development of several PilotWorkshops online courses, including Instrument Rating Accelerator, IFR: The Missing Lessons, Garmin GTN: Next Level, and Advanced IFR. Ryan is also a contributing expert for PilotWorkshops’ IFR Mastery series and is a regular participant in the Instructor’s Roundtable. He teaches ground schools, runs ATC communications courses for both IFR and VFR pilots, and has developed curriculum for a variety of IFR proficiency programs, and a simulator-centered high school aviation program.

“I think everyone preparing for the Instrument Instructor practical test should watch these videos. These are critical concepts that every new Instrument pilot needs to be taught.”

Doug Stewart (Designated Pilot Examiner and National CFI of the Year)

Course Overview

Part I: Demonstration Flights of IFR Fundamentals

The pinnacle of instrument training is flying approaches—and that focus can leave core skills shortchanged. If you ever struggle under IFR, the fix is probably one of the items on the list below.

Part II: The Best of Groundschool Q and A

Ever notice how the most valuable insights from ground school came from the questions you asked your instructor at the end of class? We collected just those questions and their detailed answers.

Part III: Demonstrations of Setting Up, Briefing, and Executing Approaches

Too many instructors give lip service to briefing approaches, but never demonstrate a practical way to execute the technique in the real world. Here’s a briefing method you can actually use, demonstrated on three different kinds of approaches.

Part IV: Scenario-Based, End-to-End IFR Flights

IFR in practice all comes together when you experience a flight from the initial clearance through the landing at your destination. These four briefings and flights combine towered and non-towered, rural and urban, on and off-route, and normal plus emergency ops; all with live ATC interaction from startup to shutdown.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I access the IFR Missing Lessons videos?
A: Your training is available online via a secure, password-protected website. You can watch it on any computer, tablet or phone.

Q: Will my online access ever expire?
A: No. Once you register your login credentials, they will never expire. You will always have access to the program.

Q: Can I download the videos?
A: Yes, with your online access you have the option to download the videos in the program.

Q: Can I access the videos from more than one computer or device?
A: Yes – with your login info, you can access the site from any device as often as you want for personal use.

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