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). 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 pilot’s 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 MULTI – 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.