Instrument Rating Flight Test: Getting Ready

The most efficient way to work through the flight test preparation is to follow this check list on your own.
You can ask for assistance at anytime but unless you specifically ask for our help we expect you to be in complete control of the items below.


1. Logbook, Pilot certificate and Medical

Total all your flight hours, landings etc. All columns need to be totaled, all pages signed. Make sure that the minimum requirements for your flight certificate have been met.
50 hours PIC cross country, at least 10 of them in airplanes
40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time
One 250nm IFR cross country along airways or ATC directed route, 3 different approaches
3 hours in the last 60 days in preparation of the test

2. Practical Test Endorsements
The instructor will show you the required endorsements, make sure you can find them to show to the examiner

Create a an account with the FAA IACRA system:
You should actually already have one from your initial pilot application.
Start by filling out all information as far as you can complete it.
Give the ITN number to your instructor so he can retrieve the application and review/sign it.

4. Exam Date
Your instructor will make the exam appointment for you but you have to reconfirm this with the examiner directly.
Ask for the contact name and phone number. It is a good idea to meet the examiner in person a few days before your test. Please arrange for this.
Get the examiner’s instructions for the weight and balance scenario and the cross country destination(s) for the flight planning. Also please confirm where exactly you will meet and what the fee will be. It is customary to pay the fee ($700 at this time) in cash/check unless some other form of payment has been pre-arranged.

5. Exam Paperwork and other needed items
– a current government issued ID (driver license works)

– your original FAA knowledge test report (written test, with the original seal)
the name on this report must match all spellings in the other documents

– the original aircraft logbooks (tabbed to ensure quick location of AVIATE)

– current Instrument Pilot ACS/PTS

– current FAR/AIM (tabbed and highlighted at the applicable sections)

– POH reprint (tabbed and highlighted)

– current chart supplement/AFD, sectional and area chart, Low Alt Enroute, Approach Plates

– E6B slide rule and/or electronic E6B

– view limiting device (foggles or hood)

– your completed weight and balance and performance information

– your completed flight plan and current weather briefing (DUATS and 800-WX Brief)
It’s usually ok to complete all the flight plans the night before your test flight since you are not actually
flying to these destinations. Just make sure your examiner is ok with that.

To earn your final Practical Test endorsement we need to perform all maneuver to ACS/PTS standards and be adequately prepared for the oral exam.

Oral Exam Test Prep Recommendations (minimums):

Your main books/sources (there are more, these are the more important ones):

– ACS/PTS Practical Test Standards
The most current version can be downloaded here:

– GleimĀ  Handbooks

– FAA Risk Management Handbook (free download)

– FAA Instrument and Procedures Handbook (free download)

– FAR/AIM (get the current ASA printed version, that format works well)

– Cessna POH

– Cessna Safety Supplement (came with our POH)