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Syllabus: Accelerated Instrument Rating

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Preparation for 7-Day Instrument Rating Training
Students should come with basic skills in attitude instrument flying.  Approximately 5-10 hours should be enough to become proficient at the following skills.  If not proficient, additional time may need to be set aside to become proficient at these maneuvers.  In that case, a 10 Day program is suggested which provides a slower pace for accomplishing the rating.

Introduction to attitude instrument flying:
    Normal takeoff
    Instrument scan
    Straight and level flight
    Pitch and power coordination
    Use of trim.
    Constant airspeed climbs and descents
    Constant rate climbs and descents
    Changing airspeed
    Constant bank turns
    Constant rate turns
    Climbing turns
    Descending turns
    Turns to specific headings
    Slow flight
    Basic Partial Panel Skills

Day 1

Ground
Maneuvers Prep Guide
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check

Flight 1.1 - Approx 2 to 3 hours
Airwork:  Slow Flight, Stalls, Steep Turns
Diagnostic Flight - Bravo Pattern - Full Panel
    Instrument Cockpit Checks
    Straight & Level Flight
    Change of Airspeed
    Constant Rate Climbs & Descents
    Constant Airspeed Climbs & Descents
    IFR to VFR transition
Magnetic Compass Work:
    Timed Turns to Mag Compass
    Errors associated with compass use
Pitch + Power Coordination
Partial Panel:
    Unusual Flight Attitudes
    Timed Turns to Mag Compass
    Bravo Pattern
         Straight & Level Flight
         Change of Airspeed
         Constant Rate Climbs & Descents
         Constant Airspeed Climbs & Descents

Ground - Lunch
Oral Exam Prep 
Maneuvers Prep Guide
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check

Flight 1.2 - Approx 2 to 3 hours

Departure Clearances
VOT Test, VOT Signals, VOR Accuracy
Intercept Courses, Radials, Inbound/Outbound
Holding Procedures

Instrument Takeoff (ITO)
No-Gyro Radar Vectoring & Approach

Homework

Review Maneuvers Guide for Today's Lessons
Review Maneuvers Guide for Day 2 Lessons
Oral Exam Prep, Chapter 1, Preflight Prep
Oral Exam Prep, Chapter 5, Nav Aids (2 pages)
Oral Exam Prep, Chapter 8, Postflight Procedures (2pp)

Day 2

Ground
Maneuvers Prep Guide
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check

Flight 2.1 - Approx 2 to 3 hours
Remediation & Review

Ground - Lunch
Oral Exam Prep 
Maneuvers Prep Guide
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check

Flight 2.2 - Approx 2 to 3 hours
VOR Instrument Approach Procedures
Missed Approach Procedures
Procedure Turns - Full Approaches
Radar Vectors to VOR Approaches

Homework
Review Maneuvers Guide for Today's Lessons
Review Maneuvers Guide for Day 3 Lessons
Oral Exam Prep, Chapter 2, Preflight Procedures

Day 3

Ground
Maneuvers Prep Guide
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check

Flight 3.1 - Approx 2 to 3 hours
Remediation & Review VOR Approaches
VOR Approaches, Partial Panel & Timed Turns

Ground - Lunch
Oral Exam Prep 
Maneuvers Prep Guide
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check

Flight 3.2 - Approx 2 to 3 hours
LOC Instrument Approach Procedures
ILS Instrument Approach Procedures
Side step maneuver
Holding Pattern in lieu of Procedure Turn
Missed Approach Procedures
Circle to Land Clearances, Circling Approach

Homework
Review Maneuvers Guide for Today's Lessons
Review Maneuvers Guide for Day 4 Lessons
Oral Exam Prep, Chapter 3, ATC Procedures

Day 4

Ground
Maneuvers Prep Guide
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check

Flight 4.1 - Approx 2 to 3 hours
Remediation & Review LOC Approaches
LOC Approaches, Partial Panel & Timed Turns

Ground - Lunch
Oral Exam Prep 
Maneuvers Prep Guide
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check

Flight 4.2 - Approx 2 to 3 hours
Remediation & Review ILS Approaches
ILS Approaches, Partial Panel & Timed Turns

Ground - Dinner
Cross Country Flight Planning

Homework
Review Maneuvers Guide for Today's Lessons
Oral Exam Prep, Chapter 4, Flight by Ref to Instruments

Day 5 - IFR Adventure

Today's Tasks
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check - flight plan & flight planner
Compliance with Clearances
Enroute Navigation
Engine Failure & Other Emergencies

Ground - Lunch
Oral Exam Prep 

Homework
Oral Exam Prep, Chapter 6, Instrument Approaches
Cross Country Flight Planning

Day 6 - IFR Adventure

Today's Tasks
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check - flight plan & flight planner 
Icing & Turbulence 
Compliance with enroute, departure, approach procedures
Loss of communication procedures

Ground - Lunch
Oral Exam Prep 

Homework
Oral Exam Prep, Chapter 7, Emergency Operations
Cross Country Flight Planning

Day 7 - IFR Adventure

Today's Tasks
Pre-flight Briefing, Wx Check - flight plan & flight planner
Diversions, enroute course changes (amendments)
Instrument & system failures
Low Fuel, fuel minimums

Ground - Lunch
Oral Exam Prep

Homework
Relax

Checkride


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