FREE ONLINE GROUND SCHOOL

Finish Our Instrument Pilot Online Ground School In 4 Weeks

  • Completely Free Online Course

    This course is 100% free just show up online for class 3 times a week to complete this online training course! Normally a $600 course.

  • What is the schedule?

    The entire course will be broadcast live over 12 sessions and starts on May 4th at 5PM PST.

    All classes will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. PST

    ​​​​​​​The final class will be on May 29th at 5:00 P.M. PST

  • What Will Be Covered in this Course?

    By the conclusion of this course, students will be given the information required to take and pass the FAA Written Knowledge Exam. Students will also have a strong understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to become a safe and competent pilot and to help prepare them for the FAA Oral Exam. 

    This is course is designed for:
    -Pilots wanting an Instrument Rating
    -Experienced Pilots
    -Rusty Pilots
    -Student Pilots
    -People Interested in Aviation

    For a complete listing of topics to be covered, please see our expanded schedule below.

  • Are We Really Offering An Entire Course for FREE?

    Yes! During this unprecedented time in our country's history, the virus COVID-19 has dramatically changed our normal life's, reshaped industries, and has caused a staggering toll on life. Our new normal, is social distancing, staying 6 feet away from others, and only preforming essential functions in our economy. 

    On a normal day you will find us providing in person ground schools for Private, Instrument, and CFI/I students in the Southern California area. After speaking with our team of instructors, we wanted to see how we can give back to our beloved aviation community and to encourage people to start, finish, or brush up on knowledge found within the Private Pilot training course.

    Recently I have received a lot of comments and concerns, in regards to the state of the airline industry and if students should just put their license on hold until everything get better. As an airline pilot, I can tell you that while we have not seen a pandemic in our lifetimes, this is the norm for the industry with booms and busts; from deregulation to 9/11 to the financial crisis to today. 

    I encourage students to take this time while at home to get a head start and don't sit idly by, waiting for situations to resolve themselves. Things will get better, markets and industries will naturally correct, and we will all come out of this together. We are all part of the solution, so during this time of social distancing, lets try to make an impact for the good. 

    -Wishing you Blue Skies and Tailwinds, DT

  • Who is Checkride Prep?

    We are a Part 61 flight school located in Camarillo, CA (KCMA) which has been in business since 2017. Our team specializes in live ground schools for private, instrument, and CFI/I along with helping students prepare for their oral and pratical exams. 

  • FAA Written Test Endorsement

    One of the prerequisites for students to obtain a Instrument Pilot License is they must take an FAA written exam at an approved testing center. 

    One of the goals of our class is to help you prepare for that written exam through our class lectures. In order for students to obtain an signed endorsement FAR 61.65(b)(1-10) to take the FAA Private Instrument  Written Exam, students must attend all 12 sessions and take a final exam. The exam will consist of 60 questions that must be passed with an 80% or better.

  • FAA WINGS Credits

    For currently licensed pilots you have the ability to earn up to 3 WINGS credits for this course. We will provide more information on this at the start of the course.

  • Quarantine Proof!

    100% online so no need to come out during this time of social distancing and mandatory quarantines! 

  • Quarantine Proof!

    100% online so no need to come out during this time of social distancing and mandatory quarantines! 

  • CLASS 1: INSTRUMENT RATING INTRO
    • Course Introduction
    • Instrument Rating Requirements & Privileges
    • Instrument Currency
    • Overview of the IFR System
     
     CLASS 2: FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS
    • Pitot Static System
    • Electrical Instruments
    • Vacuum Systems
    • Transponder
    • Compass Errors
    • Attitude Instrument Flying
               
    CLASS 3:  ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION
    • VOR Navigation
    • DME
    • Area Navigation
    • Required Navigation Performance (RNP)
    • Global Positioning System (GPS)
    • Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)
    • ADF Navigation

    CLASS 4: FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS
    • Airspace
    • General Flight Rules Review – Part 91
    • Instrument Flight Rules – Part 91
    • Runway Lighting
    • Tower Enroute Routes (TEC)
    • ATC Clearances IFR/VFR/Composite Plans
    • VFR On-Top / Over the Top
     
     CLASS 5: IFR DEPARTURE PROCEDURES

    • Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPs)
    • Takeoff Minimums
    • Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP)
    • Standard Instrument Departures (SID)
    • Radar Departures
    • VFR Departures

     CLASS 6: IFR ENROUTE PROCEDURES
    • Enroute Charts
    • NACO vs. Jeppesen Charts
    • Enroute Procedures- Communications
    • IFR Cruising Altitudes
    • Holding Procedures

    CLASS 7: IFR ARRIVAL PROCEDURES
    • Enroute Transitions
    • Standard Terminal Arrival Route (STAR)
    • Approach Types: Precision / Non-Precision
     

     CLASS 8: IFR APPROACHES PROCEDURES
    • Understanding Approach Plates
    • Straight In vs. Circling Approaches
    • Course Reversals
    • Timed Approaches
    • Missed Approaches
    • Visual and Contact Approaches
          Assignment: Read Jeppesen CH 8 (Section A, B, C)

    CLASS 9: IFR INSTRUMENT APPROACHES
    • VOR & NDB Approaches
    • ILS Approaches
    • Localizer Approaches
    • LDF and SDF Approaches
    • RNAV Approaches
    • GPS (LNAV, LNAV+V, LPV, LP)
    • Landing Minimums
     
    CLASS 10: IFR AVIATION WEATHER THEORY
    • Introduction to Weather Theory
    • Weather Factors
    • Specific IFR Weather Hazards
    • Weather Reports & Forecasts
    • Graphical Weather Products
    • Sources of Weather Information

    CLASS 11: IFR EMERGENCIES & SINGLE PILOT CRM

    • IFR Lost Communications
    • Instrument Failures
    • Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR)
    • Precision Approach Radar (PAR)
    • No-Gyro Approach
    • PAVE Checklist
    • Hazardous Attitudes
    • Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT)
    • Single-Pilot IFR

     
    CLASS 12: IFR FLIGHT PLANNING
    • Weather Considerations
    • Alternate Airports
    • Altitude Selection
    • Fuel Requirements
    • Route Selection
    • Approach Selection
    • IFR Flight Plan
    • Navigation Log


    ** Must score a minimum of 80% for Knowledge Test Endorsement **

  • David Tushin, ATP CFII

    FAA Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument

  • Nano Casaus

    FAA Ground Instructor

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