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The Training Process

Each day will begin at 3CK at 8:00am starting on a Monday and will last approximately 8-10 hours depending on what is covered. There will be both flight and ground instruction given each day with a 45 minute break for lunch. Lunch time varies depending on what is covered. A short 10 minute break can also be taken before and after lunch if desired.

There will be up to 2 flights per day from 2 to 2 ½ hours each for a total of up to 40 hours simulated IFR time. If you already have some simulated IFR time, then the flights may be adjusted to allow for more ground preparation. You will also receive up to 35 hours of ground instruction during your training.

The Checkride will be scheduled on the 10th day. To assure the examiners availability, the Checkride will be scheduled when an agreeable start date has been arranged between the client and instructor and the examiners availability has been verified for the 10th day. Weather and other factors can cause delays in training so there is always the possibility that it may take longer to finish or that an examiner may have to be rescheduled.

What You Need to Minimize Workload During Training

You must be comfortable in your plane & fly regularly. If you hardly ever fly, then you should probably get some practice under the hood before you start otherwise you will  need more than 10 days before you are ready.

Practice flying the plane while under the hood. You must be able to at least turn to and maintain headings within 10° and altitudes within 100′ before you start your training. You should also know how to use a VOR & be able to track a radial.

Download Your IFR Books from the FAA Site for Free by Clicking the Images Below

As far as studying goes, we highly suggest that you study as much as possible before you start. The Instrument Procedures Handbook is a good book to study for instrument flying procedures and the Instrument Flying Handbook also has good information.

You will also get access to our IFR training material which is explained in much more simple terms and it must be read prior to your start date! The more facts you know, the less you’ll have to think about while flying and the better chance you’ll have of completing on time.


You must have an IFR certified airplane with the following:


Bring Logbooks showing:

  • Current Annual inspection
  • Current Transponder inspection
  • Current ELT inspection
  • Current Pitot-Static system check
  • All AD’s complied with

Inside the plane you must have the following:

  • Airworthiness Certificate
  • Registration
  • Operators Manual
  • Weight and Balance sheet for the airplane
  • Pilot Certificate
  • Current Medical
  • Current Flight Review
  • Government issued photo ID
  • Birth Certificate or unexpired Passport to prove citizenship
  • You should be comfortable with your plane and its systems
  • You should be comfortable talking with controllers
  • This accelerated training requires 100% commitment from you. This is very serious training and will take a lot of hard work and dedication from you to get it done. We promise to do our part, but we need to work together on this to make it happen.
  • Current Chicago area Low Altitude Enroute Chart
  • Current NACO Terminal Procedures Publication for Illinois / Wisconsin
  • Current FAR/AIM from ASA
  • Printed copy of the current Instrument Rating Airman Certification Standards –
  • You must show proof that the instructor is insured in the plane
  • You will be emailed login information to our site where you will find your homework. This IFR training material must read before  your first training day. It will help make some complicated things easy to understand and won’t take too long to read.
  • Instrument pilot knowledge exam must be completed with a passing grade of better than 70%. A grade of at least 85% is preferred but not required. Be sure to bring the test results with you because it is required for the Checkride.
  • 50 hours of cross country time as PIC is required to qualify for an instrument rating. During training you will only get a little over 3 hours of cross country time which will qualify toward that time, so you should have at least 47 hours when you begin training. If you need more cross country time, let us know and we will see what we can do to incorporate it into the lesson.
  • You must know how to use a VOR and be able to track a radial.
  • You must be able to turn to and maintain a heading within 10° and altitude within 100′ while under the hood.

Please be sure to read all the frequently asked questions and make sure that you meet all the prerequisites before requesting a  training date. When you are ready to get started, fill out the form at the bottom of this page with the required information and requested starting dates. If you have any other comments you can add them. Filling out this form does not commit you to anything, it is used to determine availability of the examiner & training dates and to be sure we can help you with your installed equipment.

After we receive the email from you with the required information and requested dates, we will verify that we will be able to help you with your specific plane, equipment and requirements. If everything looks good, we will contact the FAA Designated Examiner to check their availability for your Checkride on the 10th day. If the examiner is not available, we will have to adjust the starting date.

If everything looks good we will contact you to confirm that the dates are approved. Once the dates have been approved you must send your deposit within 3 days to secure and schedule those dates. Payment for deposit can be mailed or per the instructions below.

The Cost

The total cost for the 10 day instrument rating program, in your airplane is $8500. This does not include charts or publications, which are very inexpensive. The fee for the examiner is also not included. Depending on which examiner is available, their cost is usually around $800-$1000. Aircraft rental is not included when using our plane and the hourly rate of the plane will be charged when using our plane.

Our program is designed to be able to complete your training in just 10 days with up to 45 hours of flying time to give you the 40 hours simulated IFR time you need, which includes 9 full days of training with the checkride scheduled on the 10th day. Since each person learns at a different pace and has different study habits, we cannot promise you will finish within the 10 days. If by chance, additional training is needed, then additional training will be charged at a rate of $85 per hour.

Once a start date is agreed upon, then a $1000 non-refundable deposit must be made within 3 days to secure your training date. You can send your deposit via cashiers check made out to Pilot Flight Training Courses at 8397 Pyott Rd., Lake in the Hills, IL. 60156 or you can call us at 847-960-3285 for info on paying through Zelle. The $7500 balance must be paid in full the day of your first scheduled lesson with either cash, zelle or with a cashier’s check written to Pilot Flight Training Courses. Once the $1000 deposit has been received you will be emailed login information to access your required study material, which must be completed before your start date. Your instructor will contact you to answer any questions you may have.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your training, you must do so within 7 days or more of the start date in order to apply the non-refundable deposit toward a future training date, not to exceed 3 months from your original start date. Cancellations must be made no later than 7 days prior to your starting date to allow time to fill your scheduled time slot with another client.

Cancelling less than 7 days prior to your start date may not allow enough time to fill your scheduled time slot with another client and will result in forfeiture of your deposit. If we are able to find someone to fill your slot with a cancellation of less than 7 days, your deposit will be applied toward a future training date as discussed above. If you start your training and decide that it is too much for you to handle, then we will refund the unused balance to you, minus the non-refundable deposit.

All Information Below Must Be Filled Out Before We Can Schedule Your Training

Training is done at 3CK which is 23nm Northwest of O’Hare


Once You Have Received Confirmation From Us, You Must Send Your Deposit Within 3 Days to Secure Training Date

Once your payment is received, the previously approved training date will be secured and you will be contacted by the instructor. This is a non-refundable deposit to secure your training slot with the instructor and the examiner. This minimizes our losses due to unexpected cancellations or rescheduling that prevent us from being able to fill your scheduled time-frame.

You will receive an email verifying that your deposit has been received along with log in information to log into the site where you will find your required study material. The study material must be completed prior to your start date.

See Prerequisites Section Above For Details Before Filling Out This Form

10 Day IFR Training Start Date Request

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