Complete IFR Proficiency Series
Raises Your Instrument Flying To A Higher Standard!
Learn how professional pilots:
- Analyze and interpret weather
- Plan the safest IFR routes
- Manage their cockpit (CRM)
- Nail instrument approaches
- Work effectively with ATC
- Handle single pilot operations
- Avoid deadly IFR traps
- React to in-flight emergencies
A Wealth of IFR Knowledge
This training program is not meant to help you “ace” the instrument knowledge test. It goes well beyond that. The IFR Proficiency Series is an online course that is specifically designed to improve your skills in every aspect of instrument flight, focusing on the areas that matter most.
The real strength of this program is the panel of expert instructors we have assembled (see their bios below). You will no doubt recognize many of these instructors. You may have seen them speak at a national conference or read their articles in leading publications. They are the best of the best…award-winning instructors recognized nationally for their achievements.
Our instructors take you through their own personal experiences and offer tips learned from decades of teaching instrument pilots. Their stories contain valuable lessons you will not forget.
Short Workshops Make Learning Easy
The training is delivered in 42 short, focused lessons. This allows you to learn at your own pace and tackle the complexities of IFR flying in small, bite-sized segments.
33 Video Lessons:
Many of the concepts taught in this IFR series are technical and require images and graphics to support the training. The video workshops are viewed on your computer, iPad or smart phone through a newly designed and easy-to-use menu structure. Just pick a topic you want to brush up on and press play. Our expert instructors get right to the point with simple explanations and practical advice.
9 Audio Lessons:
Some of the lessons taught in this series do not require visual support, for instance: IFR Communications. These lessons are delivered as MP3 audio files that you can stream online with the click of a button – or download them onto your favorite mobile device. You can listen to these lessons in your car or while you work out and take advantage of idle down-time.
You can also access a word-for-word transcript for all 42 video and audio workshops. They are provided in PDF format and can be printed for taking notes or following along with the material as it is being presented.
Meet Your Instructors
Doug Stewart was the “National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year” in 2004. A Master Certified Flight Instructor, Gold Seal Instructor and Designated Pilot Examiner – he is based at the Columbia County Airport (1B1) in Hudson, NY. He owns and operates his own flight school specializing in instrument training and has logged over 11,6000 hours of dual instruction given, with over 4,7000 hours of that being instrument instruction. He regularly gives instruction in aircraft as simple as the J-3 Cub, and as complex as the Piper Malibu / Mirage.
Rod Machado has taught millions the basics of flying through flight lessons, simulation and training materials. Teaching and speaking to pilots in the 50 states and Europe since 1973, he simplifies the complex, makes bland topics interesting and educates with humor.
Flying since age 16, he is a rated ATP with all fixed wing Flight Instructor ratings, he was AOPA’s National Flight Instructor Spokesman and a columnist for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training magazines for many years.
Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook and Instrument Pilot’s Handbook are used to train pilots in respected Universities, Flight Schools, FBOs and High Schools throughout the country.
Bob Nardiello was the “Flight Instructor of the Year” in 2004 and “FAA Safety Counselor of the Year” in 2006 for the Windsor Locks Flight Standards District Office. He has over 10,000 hours of total flight experience, with more than 7,000 hours as a Flight Instructor. He currently holds CFI, CFII, MEI, and ATP ratings and serves as a Designated Pilot Examiner. Bob was the Assistant Chief Flight Instructor at a Part 141 Flight School and is also a seasoned charter pilot flying a Cessna 421 and Citation Ultra.
Wally Moran is a retired airline captain and spent much of his career as a training instructor and check airman on aircraft including the Boeing 747 and 767. He has held a flight instructor certificate for over 50 years. He is a Designated Pilot Examiner for airplanes and gliders and has given over 4000 hours of flight instruction in single engine, multiengine, gliders and seaplanes. Wally has been awarded the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and is designated a Master CFI by the National Association of Flight Instructors. In 2017 Wally was elected to the NAFI Flight Instructor’s Hall of Fame.
Bob Martens is a nationally known speaker, consultant and aviation safety expert. He retired from the FAA after spending 17 years as a Safety Program Manager. In this role, he delivered hundreds of live seminars devoted to General Aviation safety. Bob retired from the USAF (rank of Colonel) in 2000 after 30 years of active and reserve duty. He was an Aircraft Commander in a C-5A and also served as Flying Safety Officer and Chief of Safety with the 439th AirWing. Bob has logged thousands of flight hours in both military and GA aircraft.
John Krug’s 27 years of experience as an Air Traffic Controller combined with his experience as an active flight instructor and charter pilot, allow him to assist pilots in gaining a better understanding of the ATC system and how to best operate in it. While with the FAA, he was an On-the-Job-Training Instructor for new controllers and worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist, responsible for conducting in-flight evaluations of the Air Traffic System and investigating accidents and incidents.
Scott Dennstaedt is an FAA-certificated instrument flight instructor and former NWS research meteorologist specializing in aviation weather training. He has written over 100 articles for various aviation magazines to include IFR, Plane & Pilot, Pilot Journal, Flying, Aviation Consumer and Twin & Turbine magazines just to name a few.
Scott has logged over 3,500 hours of flight time all throughout the United States. He’s always had a love for weather and aviation since childhood and is now enjoying his true vocation of teaching.
Training Course Overview
The course is delivered in a series of modules and provides a structured approach to improve your proficiency in all areas of instrument flying. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with your ongoing commitment to IFR excellence.
MODULE 1: IFR WEATHER AND FLIGHT PLANNING
These workshops teach you how to interpret the weather and plan your IFR flights using the latest online tools. Learn to plan the safest route and adjust to changing weather conditions along your flight.
MODULE 2: MASTERING INSTRUMENT APPROACHES
These workshops provide tips and tactics to help you master both precision and non-precision instrument approaches.
MODULE 3: SINGLE PILOT IFR
Flying single pilot IFR is one of the greatest challenges in general aviation. These workshops tackle the challenges head on and provide tools to help you fly single pilot IFR with safety and confidence.
MODULE 4: IFR COMMUNICATIONS
ATC communication takes on a whole new level of importance when you are operating in the IFR system. Instrument pilots must be proficient in communications in order to minimize risk and get the most benefit from the ATC system.
MODULE 5: IFR ACCIDENT ANALYSIS
These workshops examine the common and deadly IFR accident scenarios. The focus here is on lessons learned and prevention.
IFR Proficiency Series Q&A
Q: How do I access the IFR Proficiency workshops?
A: All of the audio and video workshops are available online via a secure, password protected website. The website has a simple menu structure so you can easily find the segment you want to watch or listen to and start it with the click of a button. If you want a physical copy for backup, we offer all the videos and audios on an optional USB flash drive.
Q: Do you offer a download option for this product?
A: No, but if you want a physical copy for backup, we offer the videos and audios on an optional USB flash drive.
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. (We still provide online access to programs we initially offered in 2006.)
Q: Can I download these files onto my iPad?
A: Yes, you can move the audio and video files from the optional USB drive to your iPad using your computer and iTunes. We provide step-by-step directions for moving these files to your iPad.
You can earn 6 WINGS credits for completing the IFR Proficiency Series. A simple form for requesting credit is included on the website.
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