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The IFR Knowledge You
This training program is
meant to help you "ace" the instrument knowledge test. It goes
well beyond that. The IFR Proficiency Series is specifically designed to
improve your skills in
every aspect of instrument flight, focusing on the areas that matter
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.
take you through their own personal experiences and offer tips
learned from decades of teaching instrument pilots. Their stories
are powerful and contain valuable lessons
you will not forget.
Short Workshops Make Learning Easy
training is delivered in short, highly focused workshops specifically
designed with the busy pilot in mind.
Multimedia Workshops: Many of the concepts taught in this IFR series are
technical and require images to support the
training. The technical (multimedia) workshops are
viewed on your computer, with high resolution
graphics, images, audio and animation. Our workshop
viewer is easy to use and runs on all computers
(including Windows Vista and Mac). In addition,
these programs require no installation…just pop the
CD-ROM into your computer it will start
Some of the lessons taught in this series do not
require visual support. For instance IFR
Communications. These lessons are delivered on
audio CDs, so you can
listen to them in your car or while you work
out. This allows busy pilots to take advantage of
down time and learn at their own pace.
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.
1 - IFR Weather & Flight Planning These workshops teach you
how to plan the safest route and adjust to
changing weather conditions along your flight.
Top 10 Weather Myths
Aviation weather expert Scott Dennstaedt examines the top
10 weather myths and sets the record straight with the
facts. Topics include turbulence, virga, mountain waves,
radiation fog, airmets, t-storm clouds, icing, PIREPS and
Proper Use of TAFs
Like all weather
products, TAFs have
important limitations that pilots must be aware of.
In this short workshop, Scott Dennstaedt will explain a
common mistake pilots make when using TAFs to plan cross
Avoiding T-Storms and Severe Turbulence
One of the most difficult parts of
flight planning is determining if thunderstorms or
severe turbulence will affect your IFR trip. Scott
Dennstaedt shows you step-by-step how to
identify the threat of convective turbulence.
Avoiding Hazardous Weather Systems
Scott Dennstaedt had a first hand encounter with an upper level trough that
nearly lead to serious trouble. He shares this experience
and explains how you can identify
hazardous weather systems and factor them into your IFR
On Top - Flying Over a Weather System
Quite often, instrument pilots are faced
with a difficult decision...should I fly
through or over a weather system.
Scott Dennstaedt tells you when over is
better and shows you 5 online weather tools
you must check.
Flight Planning Best Practices - Part One
Bob Nardiello walks through his process for
planning an IFR trip, starting 36-48 hours
before the flight. Monitoring the weather
will allow you to plan your route in advance
and develop a window for departure on the
day of the flight.
Flight Planning Best Practices - Part Two
Bob explains how he updates the weather
picture in the 24 hours leading up to the
flight, including departure, points en
route, intermediate stops and destination.
He refines his route, plans fuel stops and
selects optimum altitudes for each leg.
IFR Cross Country Scenario - Part One
Bob Nardiello walks you through a real IFR flight planning scenario.
The proposed route from Portland, ME to
Atlanta, GA had its share of adverse
weather. Bob takes you step by step through
his planning process and shows you the tools
he uses to develop an optimal flight plan.
IFR Cross Country Scenario - Part Two
The leg from Richmond, VA to
Atlanta required some tactical planning to
avoid a line of heavy precipitation. Bob
reviews the options (continue, turn around,
divert, fly around the back side of the
front) and explains his strategy for
evaluating each option.
Why Ice is So
Icing is one of the most
hazardous weather conditions you can
encounter. Bob Nardiello explains the impact
icing has on aircraft performance and
Structural Icing - Where/How It Deposits
Bob describes the different
types of structural icing - wing, tail
plane, propeller, pitot static, windshield
and induction system icing. He explains how
you can detect and counteract each these
Icing Precautions and Planning
Your preflight actions go a
long way towards avoiding unexpected icing
encounters. Bob reviews the critical
information you must know, where to find it
and how to develop a plan for avoiding icing
conditions. He also describes some
precautions you can take that will help you
deal with inadvertent icing encounters.
Surviving Ice Encounters - Part One
Bob gives you 2 taxi tips and
5 takeoff and climb tips that will greatly
improve your safety when ice is a concern.
He also tells you when a 180 degree turn and
emergency declaration are necessary.
Surviving Ice Encounters - Part Two
Bob provides tips for
handling icing hazards specific to enroute,
descent, approach and landing. Topics
covered include assessing options, exit
strategy, freezing rain, proper use of
autopilot, descent strategy and when no-flap
landings are the best option.
- Mastering Instrument Approaches These workshops provide
tips and tactics to help you master both precision
and non-precision instrument approaches.
Mastering ILS Approaches
Bob Nardiello discusses his
strategy for maintaining positional
awareness and airspeed during an ILS
approach. He describes a common mistake
pilots make at DA and what you can do to
ensure a smooth transition to visual
Mastering Non-Precision Approaches
Bob Nardiello walks you
step-by-step through the traps you can
encounter on a non-precision approach and
how to deal with them. He also provides tips
for flying a missed approach.
Descending on a Non-Precision Approach
By nature, non-precision
approaches offer a degree of latitude to
pilots when descending to the runway
environment. Which approach offers you the
best advantage of being able to find the
airport and land when the visibility is low?
Rod Machado offers his recommendation.
Minimizing the Risk of Circling Approaches
Circling Approaches are
approved for use by all instrument pilots,
however they must be done with extreme
caution. Bob Martens offers his frank
analysis of circling approaches that you'll
want to listen to before accepting the risks
associated with this challenging maneuver.
Approach Chart Analysis
This is a
roll-up-your-sleeves look at a complex
approach plate. Bob Nardiello reviews the
details that can bite you if you're not
aware of them, and identifies the key points
that you must know before flying an ILS
Briefing The Approach
During an IFR flight, pilots
must remain ahead of the workload -
especially during the approach segments of
the flight. Doug Stewart will walk you
step-by-step though his process for briefing
a Jeppesen plate to extract the critical
information you need to fly a smooth and
Moran has been a flight instructor for 47
years and conducts over 100 check rides each
year. He has seen first hand how simple
mistakes can lead to serious trouble when
pilots are flying instrument approaches. In
this workshop, Wally will review the deadly
IFR traps and provide tips and tactics to
Krug understands the stress practice
approaches can put on the system. He offers
tips to help you minimize the disruption
while getting maximum value for your
- 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.
Single Pilot IFR flight
requires extra preparation. Doug Stewart
walks through the P.A.V.E. checklist and
highlight the critical preflight items that
must be considered.
IFR Flight Planning Considerations
There are many factors that
affect your IFR route. Weather is the most
obvious one, but there are additional items
you should look at as well. Doug reveals the
"not so obvious" factors that must be
considered when planning your next Single
Pilot IFR flight.
GPS Tips for IFR Flight
GPS is a great tool that can
reduce workload. If used improperly,
however, it can actually increase your
workload and lead to serious trouble. Doug
will provide operational tips to ensure your
GPS is your ally in the cockpit. He'll also
point out some common mistakes that can get
you in trouble when you're alone in the
Managing Workload - Part One
IFR flying can be extremely
demanding, especially Single Pilot IFR
operations. To stay ahead of the workload,
you must stay busy. Doug will tell you the 2
questions you must constantly ask yourself
during the flight to stay ahead of the
Managing Workload - Part
There's plenty you can do
during the enroute portion of your flight
that will keep you out of trouble and have
you better prepared to fly your approach.
Topics include working with ATC, monitoring
weather and selecting the approach.
Given the demands of single
pilot IFR flying, it is important to develop
a plan for building and maintaining a high
level of proficiency. Doug will explain the
steps you can take to become a capable and
confident pilot flying in the instrument
IFR - Q&A
Listen to this live
teleconference recording where Doug Stewart
answers pilot's questions about IFR flying.
Topics include GPS, preflight planning,
weather, planning tools, ATC, approaches,
equipment and proficiency.
Wally Moran explains the 4
important criteria you should use to
recognize your own limitations when planning
an IFR flight. You'll also learn how one
simple decision can completely eliminate you
from the category of pilots with the highest
fatality rate in general aviation.
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 this important area of flying in
order to minimize risk and get the most benefit from
the ATC system.
Communications: Routes & Clearances
John Krug and Bob Adelizzi
are veteran Air Traffic Controllers (over 50
years experience combined) and are both
instrument rated pilots. In this workshop,
you'll learn why you
don't always get the route you filed as well
as tips for picking up your clearance at a
Communications: Enroute & Approach
and Bob Adelizzi focus on the enroute and
approach segments of a flight. They provide
a greater understanding of how the system
works and help you work efficiently with ATC
to reduce your stress and workload.
Communications: Non-Towered Airports
and Bob Adelizzi will explain the best way
to contact ATC from a non-towered airport to
pick up a clearance and cancel an IFR flight
plan. They will also explain the challenges
that controllers face with radar coverage
and who is responsible for traffic
ATC can be an
invaluable resource when you are faced with
an in-flight emergency. John Krug describes
the resources ATC has at their disposal to
help you out of a difficult situation. He
also explains when and how you should
declare an emergency and how the controller
can assist you.
Picking up an IFR clearance
isn't always easy, especially if you're
departing from a non-towered airport. Doug
Stewart tells you how to painlessly get a
clearance without the void time pressure. He
also has tips for keeping up with fast
talking controllers, picking up clearances
in the air and requesting pop-up clearances.
- IFR Accident Analysis These workshops examine
the common and deadly IFR accident scenarios. The
focus here is on lessons learned and prevention.
Cessna P210 Icing
accident scenario clearly points out the
hazards of flying in icing conditions. As
you'll see in this scenario, pilots must
avoid conditions that cause structural icing
that exceeds their aircraft's capabilities.
Also, pilots must act quickly when ice
starts to accumulate as it can have a
dramatic and immediate impact on every
aspect of aircraft performance.
Beech C24 Thunderstorm Accident
Why would any pilot fly into
a level five thunderstorm? Clearly, a tragic
outcome is inevitable in this scenario.
Unfortunately, even the most experienced
pilots can make fatal errors in judgment.
Bob Martens takes you through the sequence
of events that lead to this accident.
Mooney Loss of Control on Approach Accident
This is a chilling story with
a tragic ending. The accident involved the
pilot of a Mooney who died after losing
control of his aircraft while executing a
missed approach at night, in adverse
weather. The aircraft actually struck trees
during an initial approach attempt, but
amazingly the flight continued.
Unfortunately, things only got worse.
V35 Circling Approach Accident
This accident involved the
pilot of a V35 Bonanza who was flying a GPS
approach to minimums, at night. He made a
fatal decision that defies logic. Bob
Martens will explore the factors that may
have influenced this pilot's judgment and
what we can learn from it.
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 8000 hours of dual instruction given,
with over 2000 hours of that being instrument
He regularly gives instruction in
aircraft as simple as the J-3 Cub, and
as complex as the Piper Malibu / Mirage.
Rod Machado has been flying since 1970,
instructing since 1973 and has over
8,000 hours of flight time earned the
hard way--one CFI hour at a time. Since
1977 he has taught hundreds of flight
instructor revalidation clinics and
safety seminars and he was named the
1991 "Western Region Flight Instructor
of the Year". Rod is the author of some
of the most popular books, DVDs and CDs
in aviation. You can read his monthly
column in AOPA Pilot magazine as
well as in Flight Training
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 is the Assistant Chief Flight Instructor
at a Part 141 Flight School and is also a seasoned charter pilot
flying a Cessna 421 and Citation
Scott Dennstaedt is a nationally known aviation weather expert, having the unique qualifications of being a meteorologist and a CFII. In addition to teaching aviation weather, Scott is a flight instructor in technically advanced aircraft including the Cessna 400/350 and Cirrus SR20 and SR22.
He co-developed a recurrent training program for
the Cessna Advanced Aircraft Club and the
Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). Scott is also a contributing editor for
IFR magazine and has been a regular contributor to
Twin & Turbine.
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.
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 47 years. Wally is
a designated pilot examiner for single
and multiengine aircraft and gliders. He
is authorized to issue certificates all
the way up to ATP and has given over
3400 hours of flight instruction in
single engine, multiengine, tailwheel,
gliders, seaplanes and instruments.
27 years 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
has been a controller at
Boston TRACON for twenty five years and
affiliated with the FAA safety program
for over twenty. Over the years he has
briefed countless pilots at
corporate flight departments and
aviation colleges, and was recently
asked to speak at the ACONE Crash Course
2007 and the AOPA Communication Seminar
which had a combined attendance of over
Here's What You'll Get
Your IFR training includes:
workshops delivered on 4 CD-ROMs.
Simply slide in the disks and a menu will appear
to guide you through the course. No installation or
downloads required! The workshops feature
audio, graphics, animation and
easy navigation features.
Hours of audio
workshops on 4 Audio CDs. You can listen to
these lessons on your home or car stereo. A
great way to take advantage of idle time during
workshops (video and audio) are provided in PDF format on a CD-ROM. They can
be printed on any computer and are a great place
to take notes and review the material.
MP3 files for each of the
audio workshops in the series are supplied on
CD-ROM so you can copy them to your own PC or upload
to them on an iPod or MP3 player.
With your purchase of this CD product, you will also get
instant, online access
to all the multimedia workshops! Start viewing
the workshops immediately while we ship your
You can earn
credit for completing the IFR Proficiency Series.
Instructions for requesting credit are sent with your order