Instrument Proficiency Check

Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)

Instrument pilots looking to regain their instrument flying privileges are required to pass an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) in accordance with FAR 61.57.

An IPC is a comprehensive evaluation that follows the Practical Test Standards (PTS) for the Instrument rating. An IPC that goes well will probably require 2-to-3 hours of airplane/simulator time, and several hours of ground instruction. Usually an IPC can be completed on least two or three separate training sessions.

The PTS requires one precision approach and two non-precision approaches. One of the non-precision approaches must be partial-panel. A review of the PTS will provide detailed information regarding the knowledge requirements and what other maneuvers must be conducted.

NS Aviation aircraft are equipped with G1000, VOR, ILS/LOC, DME and ADF as well as autopilot. According to the PTS, pilots must be familiar with the equipment installed in the aircraft they choose to fly.

Pilots planning an IPC should have current FAR/AIM, enroute charts and instrument approach book and Airport Facilities Directory appropriate for South Florida. Also pilots should have the POH for the aircraft to be used and be familiar with its contents and the equipment in the plane.