INSTRUMENT PROFICIENCY CHECK
There are no required FAA minimum hours of instruction for an IPC (Instrument Proficiency Check). An IPC is endorsed in a pilot’s logbook by a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) allowing that pilot to act as PIC (Pilot In Command) on an IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flight plan and/or in IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions). An IPC makes an instrument rated pilot “current” again, and resets the clock on the required six approached in six months to be instrument “current”. There are, however, requirements set forth in Instrument Rating PTS (Practical Test Standards) for what is required in order for an IPC to be endorsed in a pilots logbook.
The PTS states that the following tasks must be accomplished at PTS standards in order for a CFI to endorse an IPC in a pilot’s logbook:
- RECOVERY FROM UNUSUAL FLIGHT ATTITUDES
- INTERCEPTING AND TRACKING NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEMS AND DME ARCS
- HOLDING PROCEDURES
- NON-PRECISION APPROACH
- PRECISION APPROACH
- MISSED APPROACH
- CIRCLING APPROACH
- LANDING FROM A STRAIGHT IN OR CIRCLING APPROACH
- APPROACH WITH LOSS OF PRIMARY FLIGHT INSTRUMENT INDICATORS
- CHECKING INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT (Post Flight)
FOR MUTLTI ENGINE AIRPLANES, THE FOLLOWING MUST ALSO BE ACCOMPLISHED:
- ONE ENGINE INOPERATIVE DURING STRAIGHTAND LEVEL FLIGHT AND TURNS
- ONE ENGINE INOPERATIVE INSTRUMENT APPROACH
THE PRACTICAL TEST STANDARDS CAN BE REFERENCED AT: Click here
- Holder of at least an FAA Private Pilot certificate and Instrument Rating Airplane, Single Engine, Land.
- A current 3rd class or greater FAA medical certificate.