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Instrument Ground School Refresher – Departure Procedures

November 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.**


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IFR departures are one of the most poorly-understood and under-taught topics in IFR flight. The process of getting safely from the surface to the safety of the en-route IFR structure, while avoiding surrounding obstacles, can be daunting. IFR airports can have many different departure procedures. Do you know which one you can expect?

In this Instrument Ground School refresher, CFI Brian Eliot teaches the principles behind IFR departures and the corresponding procedures. He will identify the sources for these procedures and review the critical safety items, as well as what to expect in practice.

If you want a thorough review of this subject, you will want to tune in for this session. This program is a must for pilots working on their instrument rating, or working to stay current with instrument departures.


Brian Eliot is San Carlos Flight Center’s Assistant Chief Pilot and resident expert for IFR training and Garmin G1000 avionics. He has been flying since 1995 and received all his training in the Bay Area. Brian previously worked as a broadcast engineer, a software developer, and taught computer science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He regularly presents at San Carlos Flight Center safety seminars and has a reputation for making complex concepts easy to learn and understand.


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 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.



November 20, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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