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Three phases of an instrument rating

1. Publications. Enroute Navigation Charts, Appropriate Pilot's Handbooks, Terminal Area Charts, Approach Charts, Computer, and Flight Log. 
2. Suction Gauge or Electrical System. For suction-driven gyro instruments, be sure the suction gauge is within prescribed limits. For electrically-driven instruments, check generators and inverters for proper operation. 
3. Pitot Head. Cover removed and heat checked. 
4. Airspeed Indicator. Check reading, should be zero. Check calibration card. 
5. Heading Indicator. Uncaged, if applicable. Checked against a known heading, and operating properly 
6. Attitude Indicator. Uncaged if applicable. Checked and operating properly. Set miniature aircraft. 
7. Altimeter. Set to current altimeter setting. Check for error. 
8. Turn Coordinator. Miniature aircraft operating properly. Ball moves freely in the race. 
9. Vertical-Speed Indicator. Should indicate zero. If it doesn't and is not adjustable, interpret ground indication as zero. 
10. Magnetic Compass. Bowl full of fluid. Card moves freely. Checked against known heading. 
11. Clock. Operating and set to correct time. 
12. Carburetor Heat. Check for operation and return to cold position. 
13. Engine Instruments. Check for proper markings and readings. 
14. Radio Equipment. Checked for proper operation. 
15. Trim and Throttle Friction. Trim set for takeoff and throttle friction adjusted. 
16. De-Icing and Anti-Icing Equipment. Check operation. 

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