- How much will it cost?
Our course is $4999 in your airplane. You will be responsible for your own lodging, meals, transportation, etc.
- Is there a deposit?
Yes, we require a nonrefundable $1000 deposit at booking, with the balance to be paid two
weeks prior to arrival. If you have to cancel, you may reschedule within the next six months of your original date without penalty, otherwise you will forfeit your deposit.
- How long does my training last?
The short answer is until you are ready. We will sign you off for your check-ride when all the legal requirements have been met AND when both your instructor and you agree you’re ready. We also provide one day of remedial training for a failed check-ride.
- What are the prerequisites for your course?
You need to have:
- A completed written test
- 40 hours of PIC cross-country time
- Complete aircraft logbooks for the airplane you will be flying including a current annual inspection and IFR certification
- Current Flight Review
- Current Third Class (or better) Medical
- Valid U.S Passport or birth certificate
- 10 hours of IFR instruction
- Current GPS data (if installed)
- A minimum of 50 hours in your airplane
- Is there any kind of flight test involved?
Yes- it’s imperative that you are familiar with your autopilot and GPS, if installed. You should also be proficient in your airplane. The first day in the air, your CFI will be assessing your basic aviation skills, as well as your familiarity with your installed equipment. If the CFI feels you need some more remedial work prior to training, we will sit down and discuss some options with you, which may include some extra training, at additional cost.
- How much time will I spend in my airplane?
The schedule calls for 15-20 hours in the airplane, and the same amount of time in the simulator. The FAA requires 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, including a minimum of 15 hours of dual instrument training. The use of our full-motion simulator makes it much more likely that you will be prepared for the test in near minimum time.
- Will I be flying any cross country trips during my training?
Yes- actually, you will be flying a cross-country trip nearly every day.
- Will I be flying in actual IMC?
As often as possible. Icing is rarely an issue down here in the warm Southeast, and we will always avoid thunderstorms, but otherwise we welcome the opportunity to train in actual instrument meteorological conditions.
- What if my training gets delayed due to weather?
We schedule every student for a 7-10 day block for just that reason. Bad weather just means more time in the full-motion simulator or classroom- no time is wasted. If the weather is so bad that we can’t complete the training in 10 days, we will reschedule the remainder of the lesson at your convenience.
- I’m concerned about talking on the radio.
That’s a pretty common concern for most pilots. Our course is designed to make you proficient in the ATC system, and since you will be working from a Class C airport, you will get used to it in no time.
- What if I don’t have a plane- do you have one available?
Yes, we do have rental airplanes.
- What kind of lodging is available?
Pretty much anything you can ask for is available in the Charleston area. We are always working to find hotels that will give our students a special rate so check with us when you are ready to sign up.
- I’d like to bring my family- is there anything to do there?
Charleston, SC, is one of the premier vacation destinations in the United States- in fact, according to Conde Nast, it has been voted as the number one city in the United States the last two years in a row. We have some of the best beaches in the country, top tier hotels and restaurants, unique shopping, and a fantastic array of historical locations and tours, from Ft. Sumter to Boone Hall Plantation to Middleton Gardens. While you are working on your IFR rating, your family can be working on their tans. In fact, we suggest that you make your visit here a two week stay, so you can relax after you get your rating and enjoy this stunningly beautiful part of America.
- What airport are you based at?
We are based at the Charleston International Airport (KCHS). You will probably be flying approaches at KCHS, KLRO, KJZI, KMKS, KMYR, KSAV, and other airports in the area, including Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. You will also be flying practice approaches in our full-motion simulator to other areas in the US, including your home airport.
- Do I need to bring any charts or approach plates?
No – our price includes everything you will need to acquire your Instrument rating, including a professional syllabus and reference material. We even pay for the Examiner’s fee.
- What kind of simulator do you use?
We use the Redbird Full-Motion simulator, which meets the technical specifications of an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD.) According to the Letter of Authorization that is issued to us by the FAA, the Redbird may be used for:
Logging instrument flight experience
Instrument rating (maximum 20 hours)
Instrument proficiency check (per FAA-S-8081-4 (circling-to-land not authorized))