Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)

Competent and ready to fly IFR? If so, we can complete an IPC for you. Instrument pilots looking to regain their instrument flying privileges are required to pass an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) in accordance with FAR 61.57. An IPC is a comprehensive evaluation that follows the Practical Test Standards (PTS) for the Instrument rating. An IPC that goes well will probably require 2-to-3 hours of airplane/simulator time, and several hours of ground instruction. Usually an IPC can be completed on least two or three separate training sessions.

The PTS requires one precision approach and two non-precision approaches. One of the non-precision approaches must be partial-panel. A review of the PTS will provide detailed information regarding the knowledge requirements and what other maneuvers must be conducted. Plan approximately 3 hours total for flight and ground review. While not a formal checkride, we will cover all required areas per PTS. If you haven’t flown IFR for a while, we recommend our 3-day Refresher Course for recurrency.


I offer instruction for the instrument proficiency check (IPC) described in 14CFR 61.57(d). An IPC is normally required for pilots who intend to act as pilot-in-command under instrument flight rules (IFR) after letting instrument currency lapse for more than six months. Satisfactory completion of an IPC “resets” instrument currency. The instrument proficiency check includes several tasks from the instrument rating practical test standards (PTS). The PTS has a chart near the beginning of the book outlining the requirements for an IPC.


An IPC is not a checkride and it cannot be failed, but like a flight review, more than one session may be required in order to obtain the endorsement. Pilots planning an IPC should have current FAR/AIM, enroute charts and instrument approach book and Airport Facilities Directory appropriate for South Florida. Also pilots should have the POH for the aircraft to be used and be familiar with its contents and the equipment in the plane.


To schedule your IPC and discuss options, please contact me at 772-333-7857