Instrument Ground School

The Instrument Rating requires a great deal of aeronautical knowledge. Our Instrument Ground School is the perfect way to learn that knowledge from an experienced Instrument Instructor. This class not only covers the required knowledge elements as specified by the FAA, but it also goes much deeper to provide insight from real-world IFR experiences. The course is taught both online or in-person, giving you the flexibility to choose the option that works best for you.

The class is taught by Brian Eliot, Assistant Chief Pilot and resident-IFR expert at San Carlos Flight Center. Brian has vast experience flying in the IFR system, as well as instructing instrument students. 

The online course option can be taken at your own pace, and on your own schedule. Our six-week, in-person classes are offered throughout the year. The next class will start on March 25, 2024.

Our Instrument Ground School will not only successfully prepare you to take and pass the FAA Knowledge Test but make sure you are competent enough to answer any of the questions that come up in the oral portion of your Instrument Checkride. 

You may register for the class below.

Cost:  $400

Instructor: Brian Eliot

Will this course provide me with an endorsement to take the FAA Instrument Knowledge Test?
Yes, provided you pass this course, we will endorse you to take the Knowledge test.
What other materials are required for Ground School?

Students enrolled in Ground School are required to have the following:

  • E6B computer (slide-rule or electronic)
  • IFR chart plotting ruler
  • ASA Instrument Test Prep
  • FAA Instrument Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-15B)
  • FAA Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA-H-8261-1A)

You can find these supplies at San Carlos Aviation & Pilot Supply or online.

I signed up for the online classes. Where can I access the course?
You can access the course from the “Members Only” section of our website. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find the Ground School page, where all the videos and assignments are located. We recommend bookmarking this page so you can access it quickly in the future.
Where is the in-person class held?
The in-person class is held at our office. On your first visit, please check in with Brian to get acquainted with our facilities.