Coaching Plan: Simulated Instrument Rating

SIM-IR (Instrument Rating)

An intensive, immersive training experience. Complete a instrument rating syllabus and pass a simulated checkride in your sim.

Complete the full instrument rating syllabus and pass a simulated checkride to FAA standards before you even step in the real aircraft.

For real-world students & sim enthusiasts who want the absolute ultimate learning experience.

Optionally choose to complete the syllabus in an accelerated 15-day timeline with 2 hours of training per day.


IR-01 | Basic instrument maneuvers

Instrument checks during taxi, scanning & 4 fundamentals, finding pitch & power setting for your aircraft, standard rate turns, airspeed changes, left turning tendencies, engine instrument awareness, constant rate/airspeed climbs and descents, vertical S, S1, S2, slow flight, steep turns

IR-02 | Partial panel

Learn how to control the aircraft in IMC without the attitude indicator or directional gyro

IR-03 | Navigation

Ensure you have a perfect understanding of VOR and GPS navigation (especially with reverse sensing!), develop your ability to balance your instrument scan between the primary flight instruments and the navigation instruments, and learn how to correct for wind drift.

IR-04 | Holding

Learn how to enter and fly a holding pattern. With the ability to quickly reposition the aircraft, we can practice this far more efficiently than you will be able to in a real aircraft. After mastering the basics, we will introduce wind of various levels to see the effect on entering and flying a hold.

IR-05 | Autopilot use

Learn how to use the autopilot to reduce your workload.

IR-06 | Approaches

Learn how to brief and fly VOR, LOC, GPS, and ILS approaches

IR-07 | Cross country

Put it all together and fly an actual cross-country flight, preferably on an online ATC network such as PilotEdge

IR-08 | Emergency procedures

Practice handling various emergencies while in IMC such as electrical failures.

IR-09 | Instrument takeoff in 0-0 conditions

This is mostly a fun demonstration of what you DON’T want to do in the real aircraft – take off with absolutely zero visibility!

IR-10 | Departing and arriving uncontrolled airports

Learn how to get your clearance, what an IFR release is, and how to fly various obstacle departure procedures (ODPs) throughout the country. And don’t forget to cancel your IFR flight plan!

IR-11 | Circling approaches

Learn how to fly an approach to one runway, but maneuver to land on another runway after reaching “circling minimums.”

Coaching Plan: Simulated Instrument Rating

SIM-IR (Instrument Rating)

An intensive, immersive training experience. Complete a instrument rating syllabus and pass a simulated checkride in your sim.
A C152 performing a crosswind landing in Microsoft Flight Simulator.




Starting at



Similar to the cost of

4 real-world flight lessons in a Cessna 172

Starting At

(30 hrs)

Exact cost & time depend on instructor’s rate and your unique goals/learning speed

For real-world pilots and hobbyists
A private pilot level of skill/knowledge is required
100% Online & 1-on-1
You fly your simulator while your instructor remotely coaches you.
Certified Flight Instructors
Our CFIs are experts in using flight sims to enhance your real-world training.
Flexible & customizable
Either complete the entire syllabus, or pick and choose which sessions you prefer.
Recordings and Suggested Practice
Optionally record your lessons for reviewing as many times as you wish. Get suggested practice exercises from your instructor.


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