Maximum Utility
Why fly instruments?  A competent instrument pilot in a modern plane can reliably use general aviation for transportation within reasonable limits.  Learn to avoid thunderstorms and ice and you can beat the airlines in most cases and enjoy the trip more in every case.

Modern avionics systems have made IFR flying much easier and safer.  On board XM weather, GPS, terrain awareness, and traffic alerts give the modern GA pilot more information than the average airliner had just a few years ago.  With all of this capability comes complexity and the need to become its master.

Integrated Training – Train like You Fly and Fly Like You Train
At Destinations we teach you how to fly with skill and think like a professional.
Our goal is to help you become a well rounded pilot with excellent flying skills and decision making capability.

We combine traditional ground schools, Scenario Based Training (SBT), Online resources, FAA approved Full Motion Simulators, highly skilled instructors, an integrated syllabus, and an Aviation resource library.

What is the Value of Simulation?  Ask an airline pilot.
The proper use of simulators saves time, saves money, and saves lives. Our clients fly the Redbird FMXs.  The Redbirds are FAA approved, FULL MOTION, Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATDs).  They are approved for 20 hours toward the instrument rating and can be used for the instrument practical exam or checkride.

More Realistic
View limiting devices are not the same as zero-zero and instruments do not fail by covering themselves with INOP stickers.  Every instrument instructor has dreamed of having control over the weather and system failures.  From smoke in the cockpit to blown circuit breakers, the Redbird FMX allows for realism that is not possible or safe in real aircraft.  The 200 degree wrap around vision and full motion platform complete the most realistic flight simulation experience in general aviation.

Time Compression
The ability to hit “Pause” and explain the current situation saves time and frustration in the air.  Excellent for practicing holds.  The “Relocate” function allows for immediate repositioning of the training flight.  After mastering the basics, sim sessions can begin in the air 5 miles from the Final Approach Fix thus eliminating the time spent every lesson on startup, taxi, takeoff, and flying to begin the first approach.

Training for the Real World
Proper scan technique and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are taught in the sim in an environment that is totally controlled by the instructor and best suited to you.  Our clients are ready for the checkride shortly after transitioning from the sim to the airplane.  The next task is real IFR cross countries to various destinations and airspace.  You will fly actual Departure Procedures (DPs) and Standard Arrival Procedures (STARS) into and out of Class B airspace in Kansas City or Dallas/Fort Worth.  You will fly all types of approaches into various airports and airspace.  You will file IFR flight plans and pick up clearances at towered and non-towered airports.  In short, you will fly “in the system” and become proficient in handling ATC requests.

You will learn to be a competent instrument pilot.  The instrument rating happens along the way.


Instrument Rating Requirements

A person who applies for an instrument rating must:

  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought.
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

You must have logged the following:

  • At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.
  • A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c).
  • At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.

For instrument-airplane rating, instrument training on cross-country flight procedures that includes at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under instrument flight rules. This flight must consist of:

  • A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing.
  • An instrument approach at each airport.
  • Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems (Example: ILS, VOR, GPS, etc).
  • At least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the checkride within two calendar months before the examination date.

For more information or to schedule your flight training contact us today.