The following is a customer story from Brian Hilburn. This is a typical IFR6 Success story. My situation, I’d gathered, was not an altogether uncommon one: a 300 hour private pilot who had been plugging away at the instrument rating, … Read More
Blown away by the class. You can't get a grasp at doing IFR training right by doing rides at .7 hour one week, .9 the next. I was worried at first it would be too quick, but I don't think this training can be done any other way. Best learning experience ever. Amazed at how it all came together at the end. Kirk is fantastic, laid back and calm. I just can't say enough about how happy I am about the experience.
Mike and his team have a great program put together. Their philosophy of “Learn in the sim, practice in the plane” really works in making you a better pilot. The staff is professional, knowledgeable and easy going, which made for a great experience!
I just completed the IFR6 program and I'm amazed at the transformation in my flying skills in 6 days. I really didn't think it was possible going into the program and felt like I would need an additional few days tacked on. The IFR6 program is very structured and makes full use of the Redbird FMX simulator. The simulator is of tremendous benefit in building communication skills, avionics programming for approaches, and making the most use of your time through shooting many approaches in a relatively short period of time. It also saves wear and tear on your plane and fuel costs. I was able to fly several hours in actual IMC which was of tremendous benefit. The instructors all love to fly in actual IMC and take every opportunity to have students experience it during the course. Things really came together on day 3 and by the end of day 5 I absolutely felt ready for the checkride and for real-world IFR flying once the course was completed. Flying out of a busy Class C airport also strengthened my communication skills and confidence flying into other busy airports in the future. My goal was not just to achieve IFR certification, it was achieve a strong level of proficiency with IFR flying and IFR6 certainly achieved that. I will continue to file IFR every opportunity I get and I look forward to continue to build my IFR skills and experience now that course is completed. Immersing yourself in IFR training was certainly the way to go for me, and I would highly recommend it to other prospective IFR students.
This program was exactly as described. An accelerated course to an IFR rating. It is a well thought out and organized approach to IFR that eliminated months of local stop and go IFR training. All the staff were very professional and everyone was encouraging, friendly and always helpful in every way. Although intense (as expected), the simulator hours in the a.m. with flying in the p.m. reinforced the needed concepts. Flying in my own airplane to a variety of airports in differing weather conditions after the simulator (including actual IMC) was invaluable. The simulator was not a only a great learning tool, it saved many hours of wear and tear on my plane. With the number of hours provided by the simulator, the dedicated one on one hours provided by the instructor, and the instructional books provided, the cost of the course is a real bargain. For anyone interested in this type of learning, I would highly recommend this course and rate the overall experience as excellent. It is a well thought out approach to IFR. Again, thanks to Kirk, Mike, and all the staff at IFR6 for this experience.
They tell you at the start that you will leave an Instrument Rated pilot and that is exactly what will happen. I found IFR6 after experiencing numerous cancellations and rescheduling at my local flight center where I was trying to train once or twice a week. The increased efficiency when you train all day every day is hard to believe until you experience it. And no waiting on a DPE that is scheduled 3 weeks out. They scheduled the DPE before I even arrived, shifted him up a day when I was ready early, and they even paid his fee. Using the Redbird Simulator, intensified flight training with top-notch CFIIs, working closely with the DPEs – it’s all about efficiency. A side benefit is the Charleston International Airport setting, a shared military and civilian airport. When I arrived, I rolled up to the line and parked my Cessna 182 next to six Marine Harrier jets. And where else can you be holding short for takeoff while a monster C-17 floats in for a beautiful touchdown a hundred feet away. It’s like attending a week long military airshow.
I am a busy professional guy who flies to work at least once a week. Having an IFR is a must for me. After my private certification, I started working on my IFR certification with the same instructor. With my and his busy schedules, it took several months for me to get 20 hours of instrument in. I went online and found the IFR6 course. I was very encouraged but very apprehensive. I gave Mike, the owner, a call that evening. After a long discussion with him, I decided to go for it. I flew my airplane to Charleston and started on the course. We spent the morning in the simulator and the afternoon flying to all the surrounding airports, shooting one approach after another. In the simulator, I was able to shoot at least 15 approaches in a morning getting me ready for my practical in the afternoon. Other than talking with the tower, there was not much different between flying in the simulator vs. flying a real airplane. In my opinion, flying an airplane was much easier than the simulator. It's all about repetition, and after 20-25 approaches, I was able to do it in my sleep. I liked the way the course is structured. I think Mike and Kirk (my instructor) got it down pat. I highly recommend this course to any one; especially, the professionals like me who have very limited time. Now, I go everywhere IFR. My airplane is no longer a toy...it's an enjoy tool!
I want to take this time to express my gratitude to you and Kirk for the great experience during my recent IFR training. Your teaching approach of using the Redbird Sim to learn in and then going to the airplane to put those skills into practice is absolute genius. I must admit, prior to signing on with IFR6 flight training, I was very apprehensive. It just seemed that six days was not adequate to prepare me for my check ride. During my check ride, my examiner never asked me to do anything that we hadn’t practiced many times before. And after passing my check ride, it almost seemed too easy. Also, I would like to schedule a session if the future, just to keep my newly learned skills sharp.