Rod Machado’s Instrument Pilot eGround School

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Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot eGround School

The Ultimate Collection Of IFR Knowledge, Taught By A True Master.

A word from Rod on his new Instrument Pilot eGround School …

It's All Here, Your Complete IFR Library

The breadth and depth of Rod’s Instrument Pilot eGround School is incredible. It provides everything you’ll need to understand critical IFR concepts at a deeper level–whether you’re a student just starting to work on your rating or an experienced instrument pilot looking to brush up. It really is the ultimate IFR knowledge library. It includes:

  • 26 complete online courses
  • 686 short video lessons
  • 50+ hours of focused training
  • 151 quizzes
  • 3 practice exams

Everything is presented in short lessons that tackle one topic at a time. Whenever you need to brush up on a topic, you can log in at your convenience and jump directly to that specific area. A simple-to-navigate menu structure makes it easy to find exactly what you need. For a busy pilot, this is gold. It beats watching hours of video or looking through textbooks in search of an answer.

Rod makes regular updates, so you can be confident you’ll be reviewing the latest regulations, procedures, and standards. You’ll be able to use this online library to keep your IFR knowledge current and rust-free for years.

Valuable Knowledge For All Instrument Pilots

Rod initially created the Instrument Pilot eGround School for Instrument Students. It covers the entire range of IFR topics that students must learn during their training for the rating. But, unlike a traditional ground school course just aimed at helping you pass a test, Rod explains WHY and HOW things work. In typical Rod Machado fashion, he injects a healthy dose of fun into the explanations and makes dry topics interesting.

While great for students preparing for their IFR Knowledge Exams, the Instrument Pilot eGround School is equally helpful for Rusty Instrument Pilots looking to get proficient again, or prepare for an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC). Rod will help you fill in any gaps in your knowledge and re-familiarize yourself with important concepts you may have forgotten.

The Instrument Pilot eGround School is also a tremendous resource for Instrument Instructors. You’ll see how Rod teaches complex topics with ease, and keeps students engaged.

eLearning Format Makes It Fun

Rod’s interactive eLearning courses are a great way to learn complex topics in a simple and engaging way. They offer laughs and lightness that will help you learn and retain without the usual drudgery.

The Instrument Pilot eGround School includes narration, video, animation, graphics, and interactive elements. Each course includes optional quizzes that help test your knowledge and reinforce important concepts.

It runs on a laptop or desktop computer, or on an iPad or Android tablet. All you need is an internet connection–you’ll have access to the entire library whenever and wherever you need it.

America's Favorite Flight Instructor

Rod Machado

CFII, ATP, Author and Aviation Speaker

Rod Machado has taught hundreds of pilots from the right seat since he started instructing full time in 1973. In fact, he has over 10,000 hours of dual instruction given! He has also taught thousands of pilots as a classroom instructor, delivering aviation seminars throughout the US, Canada and Europe. This experience gives Rod a unique perspective on the best ways to teach material so his students understand and retain the concepts.

Rod was the AOPA’s National Flight Instructor Spokesman for 15 years and has authored over 400 aviation articles in publications like Flight Training and AOPA Pilot.  He co-wrote and co-anchored ABC’s Wide World of Flying for five years and was asked by Microsoft to design the lessons and be the CFI voice for MS Flight Simulator, reaching millions of students and pilots. Rod’s teaching style simplifies the complex, makes bland topics interesting and educates with humor.

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.

Rod’s Instrument Pilot eGround School Includes 26 Complete eLearning Courses

Sample Video 1:

“Why Is A Procedure Turn Necessary?”

Rod explains why some approaches require PTs, while others don’t.

Sample Video 2:

“GPS Approach Construction”

Rod explains how the safety margins on GPS approaches are distributed, and why it’s important to know.

Earn Your Certificate of Completion

This self-study course is considered sufficient preparation for the FAA Instrument Pilot Airplane knowledge exam as per the ground training required by CFAR 61.65(b) (1) through (10).

You’ll find the certificate at the end of “IFR Pilot Potpourri” and you can print and present it to your testing center when taking the knowledge exam.

Who Will Benefit From The Instrument Pilot eGround School?

Instrument Students

  • Get the maximum value from your instrument flight lessons
  • Prepare for the FAA instrument written test, oral, and checkride
  • Learn from a legendary CFII

Experienced Instrument Pilots

  • Knock off the rust after a layoff from instrument flying
  • Prepare for an upcoming Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)
  • Brush up on areas where you feel weak

Instrument Instructors

  • Learn best practices and refresh your knowledge
  • See how Rod teaches complex IFR topics and makes them easy
  • Gain a deeper understanding of core concepts and fundamentals

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I access this ground school?

A. The ground school is available online via a secure, password-protected website. You can watch the videos on Windows PC, Mac, or iPad/Android tablet.

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 view the lessons on my iPad or mobile device?

A. Yes, the ground school is optimized for online viewing. You can watch the videos on any device with an internet connection, no downloading required.

Q. Can I access the ground school from more than one computer or device?

A. Yes—with your login info, you can access the site as often as you want.

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