Academy of Aviation Flight School - Instrument Proficiency Check

set your expectations about the
Instrument Proficiency Check.

There are two sets of rules for flying any aircraft: VFR and IFR. VFR stands for Visual Flight Rules and IFR means Instrument Flight Rules. Depending on the weather conditions, a pilot may opt for one set of rules or the other.

"Knowledge is key to safe instrument operation, but it needs to be much deeper than the ability to recite rules and regulations. Scenario-based training is a very effective way to test a pilot’s knowledge in the context of real-world IFR flying."

Please read this article from the FAA to set your expectations about the Instrument Proficiency Check:
"Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) Guidance"



Below are some key points to understand about the Instrument Proficiency Check from the IPC Guidance manual linked above:

Requirements

61.57 Recent flight experience: Pilot in command.
c) Instrument experience.Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command under IFR or in weather conditions less than the minimums prescribed for VFR, unless within the preceding 6 calendar months, that person has:
  1. For the purpose of obtaining instrument experience in an aircraft (other than a glider), performed and logged under actual or simulated instrument conditions, either in flight in the appropriate category of aircraft for the instrument privileges sought or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of the aircraft category for the instrument privileges sought --
    1. At least six instrument approaches;
    2. Holding procedures; and
    3. Intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigation systems.

(d) Instrument proficiency check. Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, a person who does not meet the instrument experience requirements of paragraph (c) of this section within the prescribed time, or within 6 calendar months after the prescribed time, may not serve as pilot in command under IFR or in weather conditions less than the minimums prescribed for VFR until that person passes an instrument proficiency check consisting of a representative number of tasks required by the instrument rating practical test.

  1. The instrument proficiency check must be --
    1. In an aircraft that is appropriate to the aircraft category;
    2. For other than a glider, in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of the aircraft category; or
    3. For a glider, in a single-engine airplane or a glider.
  2. The instrument proficiency check must be given by --
    1. An examiner;
    2. A person authorized by the U.S. Armed Forces to conduct instrument flight tests, provided the person being tested is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces;
    3. A company check pilot who is authorized to conduct instrument flight tests under part 121, 125, or 135 of this chapter, and provided that both the check pilot and the pilot being tested are employees of that operator;
    4. An authorized instructor; or
    5. A person approved by the Administrator to conduct instrument practical tests.




Instrument flight rules

FLY IFR