Pilot Training Products
Our flagship program for serious instrument pilots, IFR Mastery is a continuing series of online, scenario-based workshops. Each month, we provide a challenging real-world IFR scenario that tests your knowledge and hones your decision-making skills.
- Master the finer points of IFR flying
- Understand the entire IFR system
- Learn to manage IFR emergencies
- Get the most out of your next IPC
Real World IFR
Real World IFR is a series of videotaped, end-to-end IFR flights, with increasing complexity as you move through the program. There is a briefing before each flight, so you'll know what to expect. Then you follow IFR veteran Keith Smith on flights in various airspace and weather conditions, some in his high-performance Lancair 360 and others in an FAA certified flight simulator with live ATC interaction.
As you fly along, Keith talks you through each task and procedure as he completes it. You will hear all of his ATC interactions so you will know the proper phraseology to use in all phases of an IFR flight. There are no shortcuts – you will follow the flight in real-time from engine start to engine shut down. Each flight is followed by a debrief to ensure you retain the key takeaways.
Real World VFR
Real World VFR is delivered in a series of ten recorded end-to-end flights, spanning a wide variety of airports and terrain. These flights were designed to be challenging, yet accessible to a proficient private pilot. They don't require superhuman skill, just more preparation and thought.
Each flight starts with a thorough briefing, then you follow pilot Keith Smith through the flights in real time as he tackles unusual takeoffs, approaches, landings, airports, airspace and navigation that could challenge any pilot flying VFR. You'll also get thorough debriefs with Keith and his CFI as they discuss the flight and its learning points.
Real World Coast to Coast
If you've wanted to use your airplane for long-range business or personal travel but lack the experience, this program gives you the confidence needed to take your flying to the next level.
Follow Keith Smith through seven flights that are captured on HD video cameras. You'll also watch him plan each flight with a detailed briefing (using ForeFlight) and then debrief after landing.
The view over Keith's shoulder reveals terrific insights. You see exactly what he sees and hear exactly what he hears. Watching Keith sweat it out on these flights gives you a window into procedures, techniques, ATC interactions and critical decision-making you can't get any other way. Keith makes mistakes and not every flight goes as planned—because it's real, unscripted flying! That's what makes this program unique.
ForeFlight Power User
Discover the little-known ForeFlight features that make preflight planning and in-flight decisions even easier. Developed for PilotWorkshops by former ForeFlight evangelist and employee #1, Eric Hake, this video program shows you step-by-step how to find and use many of the little-known power user features throughout this powerful program.
Most of the tips, features and functions presented are useful for both VFR and IFR pilots. However, there are some segments that go a bit deeper into functionality that IFR pilots would find most helpful (for example the Procedure Advisor). Delivered in 26 short video programs.
IFR Proficiency Series
The IFR Proficiency Series is specifically designed to improve your skills in every aspect of instrument flight, focusing on the areas that matter most. Our instructors 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.
Learn to safely plan your IFR flights, manage workload in the cockpit, work effectively with ATC, avoid hazardous weather and manage common in-flight emergencies.
Aviation Weather Series
This program is designed to give pilots all the information they need to fully understand and analyze the weather before each flight. The benefit is the peace of mind that comes from having full confidence in your ability to evaluate the conditions, plan your flights and make sound decisions before climbing into your airplane.
A deeper knowledge of weather also allows you to adjust your flights when needed to keep you out of harm's way.
This series focuses on improving your flying fundamentals, the finer points that will keep you alive and out of trouble.
The workshops are taught by highly accomplished "Airmen" that have risen to the top of their professions as airline, military and corporate pilots. They are also award-winning flight instructors who share their personal experiences and tips learned from decades of real world flying.
The workshops have a "back to basics" focus that pilots of all experience levels will find refreshing and useful. Our instructors offer straight-forward, no-nonsense tips and techniques that are easily integrated into your cockpit.
Pilot-Friendly GPS Manuals
PilotWorkshops' family of Pilot-Friendly GPS Manuals provides simple, step-by-step instructions for getting the most from your GPS unit. Developed by a highly experienced pilot, you'll find the focus is on accomplishing the tasks you need vs. the "buttonology" of most manufacturer-supplied manuals.
Available for most popular handheld and panel-mount units.