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IPC -- Instrument Proficiency Check

IPC (Instrument Prof Check 61.57)

This course is designed for pilots who need an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) to regain instrument currency and have gone 12 months or more without fulfilling the required six approaches, intercept, and track of a radial, and demonstrated hold. FAR 61.57(d)(1)(ii)

National Flight Simulator reserves the right to require the IPC Evaluation & Refresher prior to providing the Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) to any candidate. The decision as to whether an IPC candidate will need the IPC Evaluation & Refresher prior to the actual IPC program will be reached mutually by National Flight Simulator instructors and the customer jointly.

Part One: Evaluation and Refresher

IPC Refresher would consist of a 1 hour oral examination and 1 hour simulator ride to evaluate what training/proficiency is required. At that point the instructor and student would develop a tailored lesson plan to address the deficient areas.   After the completion they would then be ready for the IPC.


Part Two:

This five (5) hour IPC course provides up to 3 hours in the FAA Approved, Elite iGate 500/600 Series AATD with a qualified instructor. If the candidate has been away from flying for a year or more, additional time may be required for completion (see IPC Evaluation & Refresher above). Please discuss these issues with the assigned Certified Flight Instructor.

A personalized, customized and tailored IPC syllabus is available to meet the pilot’s individual needs.

Additional training costs will be predicated upon the amount of time necessary to be ready to fulfill the IPC requirements and set at a rate per hour for the instructor and the simulator.

WINGS Credit approved – asked for instructions during the training.

6 ‘n 6 Plus
Because maintaining your IFR currency, particularly in the Northern Regions during winter, can be a daunting task, this course offers a quick and easy way to get and remain IFR current, and to strengthen your instrument proficiency.


FAR 61.57(c)(1); (c)(3); (c)(4)

Single Pilot IFR Proficiency Training, just remaining “legal or current” is not enough today. Developing and maintaining your Proficiency is crucial. Being prepared for partial panel, system failures or other “unexpected situations” can be the difference. Our focus is on preparedness for the unexpected for the Single pilot in IMC.

WINGS Credit approved – asked for instructions during the training.

Schedule your recurrent training today!

  • Flight Review (BFR 61.56) FAA required for pilots every 2 years

  • 1-Day Refresher can be used in lieu of recurrent based on insurance approval

  • Differences upon request

  • Transition Training upon request. The syllabus will be designed specifically for that transition and tailored to the pilot.

Have you ever wondered if you could handle a serious emergency? Simulated training with the right instructor is the best way to answer that question.

As pilots, we all understand the need to be proficient in the airplane that we own or fly on a regular basis. It all started with your training for your private pilot certificate as you practiced takeoffs and landings in preparation for your first solo flight. Your instructor was not about to “turn you loose” until he was sure that you were proficient enough to safely accomplish three takeoffs and landings by yourself. In a similar way, the rest of your private pilot training prepared you for the knowledge test and checkride with a designated pilot examiner. Demonstrate proficiency—get your private pilot certification.  You are the one who determines the degree of proficiency you will accept each time you fly. You alone determine how much you accept for altitude, heading, and airspeed deviations or not being exactly on the localizer and glide slope. Every pilot is responsible for his or her level of proficiency in the airplane.

Being a proficient pilot is not enough.  Your commitment to proficiency should be a commitment to proficiency and preparedness. It isn’t a choice. You need both.    

Here are a few of the many things you should consider doing to make sure you are prepared for anything and everything, if or when, the time comes.

  1. Consciously dedicate time each month to reviewing your aircraft’s pilot’s operating handbook, federal aviation regulations, Aeronautical Information Manual, emergency checklists, and aviation websites.

  2. Take advantage of pilot resources such as YouTube videos, magazine articles, and educational material from AOPA, the FAA Safety Team, PilotWorkshops, specific aircraft groups, and associations.

  3. When flying, stay as far ahead of the airplane as possible. 

  4. Do not take any short cuts during flight planning.

  5. Practice emergency procedures, loss of aircraft systems, unusual attitudes, and more. These represent some very serious situations that you must be able to manage successfully and require you to be absolutely prepared.


Proficiency is something that you can work on every time you fly.  Preparedness is achieved by constantly working on everything that might someday come your way. The best tool to help you prepare for this “serious” stuff is a flight simulator. The simulator allows you to practice what cannot be safely done in the airplane. Find a flight training provider that will individually train you at your level of proficiency and an instructor who will push you.

Maybe the best way to summarize the essence of what is possible is to cite a pilot who trained with us recently.  He brought a list of maneuvers and scenarios that he and his local instructor wanted to cover. When asked in a training review survey what he liked most about the training, he said, “Difficult situations in the simulator.”

As a pilot, it is difficult to be prepared unless you get into a simulator and get pushed to push yourself.  

Created by National Flight Simulator; AOPA February 11, 2022

Unlike other training facilities, we only train pilots from the same organization in one course. We specialize in one-on-one training as well as crews and companion pilots.

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