Fall 2019 Session Dates: Class Starts in September 26th.

This course covers the aeronautical knowledge included in the FAA knowledge test (also known as the "written test") for the airplane instrument rating. It meets the Aeronautical Knowledge requirements of Section 61.65(b). The course fee includes attendance, course materials, final examination, and certificate of completion. The final examination reproduces the content and format of the actual computer-administered FAA test. Pilots completing the course receive a graduation certificate and instrument instructor endorsement qualifying them to take the FAA instrument rating knowledge test as specified in Section 61.65(a).


Course fee: $350. Register by calling San Carlos Flight Center at (650) 946-1700.


  • Aerodynamics
  • Air Traffic Control principles and procedures
  • Instrument navigation charts
  • GPS and RNAV
  • Airplane instruments
  • Navigation
  • Departures, en route, arrivals, and approaches
  • Flight planning
  • Regulations
  • Weather

Required Materials

  • E6B computer (slide-rule or electronic)
  • IFR chart plotting ruler
  • Instrument Rating Test Prep, 2016 (or later) Edition, ASA-TP-I-13, ISBN 978-1-56027-851-1
  • FAA Instrument Flying Handbook, FAA-H-8083-15B
  • FAA Instrument Procedures Handbook, FAA-H-8261-1A
  • 14 CFR Parts 61, 91 ("Federal Aviation Regulations")
  • AIM Aeronautical Information Manual


The course is conducted over twelve Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 pm. Each evening will last about three hours.  


Brian Eliot


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