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
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 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.