Instrument Ground School

If you are looking to build a solid foundation for your instrument training program, consider spending six weeks with a small group of fellow pilots. We will review all elements of the Instrument Airplane ACS, but in addition, we will learn how to interpret and brief instrument flight plans, departures, routes, arrivals, and approaches in the context of real-world scenarios, aircraft performance, and weather.

The course meets twice each week over a six-week period, for three hours each class session. Click IRA Ground Syllabus – Fall 2018 for a copy of the syllabus.

Here are a few of our key resources…

The FAA and NWS offer innumerable Advisory Circulars, pamphlets, slideshows, and other online resources for planning and operating in weather. A great place to start is with the 36-page General Aviation Pilot’s Guide to Preflight Weather Planning, Weather Self-Briefings, and Weather Decision Making. It’s not completely up-to-date on current forecast products and tools (this version dates from 2009). Regardless, it clearly outlines planning workflows and their relationship to personal minimums. This document is a key reference in the instrument ground school and the weather workshop.

The Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) is the new “go-to” tool for reviewing most (but not all)  weather forecast products that are relevant to IFR flight planning. GFA is new enough that there are few guides to its use. Terry Lankford, a retired Flight Service briefer and all-around weather guru, has recently prepared a 30-page Graphical Forecasts for Aviation User’s Guide. Check it out!

Participants in the Fall 2018 instrument ground school at Aerodynamic Aviation have access to video recordings of each class session. So if you miss a class (or two) this is the fastest way to catch up. Check with me for your password to access the page. Make sure to bring your questions to the next live class!