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IFR Checkride Stories

December 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Pursuing the instrument rating can be extremely challenging. It takes lots of training, studying, and commitment from the student and their instructor to master all the necessary skills and build the confidence to fly under IFR. What are some successful approaches to tackling this rating? What should you expect during the training and practical test?

San Carlos Flight Center invites newly instrument-rated pilots Eric Firnhaber and Ritwik Ummalaneni to highlight their experiences pursuing the instrument rating. They will provide an overview of their training, the various tools, and resources they used to prepare, and also provide an insight into the instrument checkride and Airman Certification Standards 

If you are an aspiring instrument pilot or a veteran aviator, join us to hear about what to expect and how to pass this checkride.



Eric Firnhaber has 275 flight hours and passed his instrument checkride in May of 2023. When he is not flying, Eric finds himself chasing his two young kids around in between working in Marketing & Communications at an AgTech company.

Ritwik Ummalaneni has 220 flight hours and passed his instrument checkride in September of 2023. When he is not flying, Ritwik works in Engineering at a Surgical Robotics startup.


About San Carlos Flight Center:

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2023 as a Distinguished Flight School for the third year in a row.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Our seminars are free to watch when attended in person at our facility in San Carlos but live streaming and viewing recorded seminars are exclusively available to members. Click here or contact an SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web library of over 500 recorded safety seminars and live-streamed content.

This seminar will be held in person at SCFC, attendance is free and open to all. Web Members will still be able to access our seminars online, both live and recorded. Click here to learn more about the transition.

Interested in watching more of our presentations? View our growing library of over 500 recorded safety seminars available to view in our Members Only Seminar Library, available by clicking here.


December 13, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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San Carlos Flight Center
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