Accelerated Instrument Program


Two-Week Instrument Rated Pilot 

The Accelerated Instrument Rating Program consists of flying two or three times per day with ground instruction and breaks between each flight.

Earning your Instrument Rating in a compressed timeframe has tremendous benefits. Practicing daily allows you to become a natural at piloting under IFR conditions because you're building motor skills and muscle memory daily. Fly Around Alaska trains to mastery in IMC and not just proficiency. You will be held to the highest of standards, all while training in a structured environment to maximize your timeIn our Accelerated Instrument Rating Program we train daily, accomplishing the training in just about two weeks (14 days).   

Pilots planning on pursuing a professional piloting career or private pilots who don’t want to be limited to flying in only VFR conditions will need an instrument rating. Commercial pilots without an instrument rating are very limited in their career options. A cost effective and time efficient solution, our accelerated training builds stamina and retention in a very short amount of time. 

Flying and navigating in Alaska can be challenging, our students are trained on using situational awareness aides such as Foreflight but will not be dependent on it since paper charts and paper plates never run out of battery. Our goal is not to just pass the check ride because instrument skills will deteriorate over time when not exercised frequently. Our instructors focus on teaching strong foundations so that students can always rely on their initial training for the rest of their flying careersWe do not use simulators, you will be flying an actual airplane for the duration of your course. We believe this instills superior piloting skills.

Our program will be some of the most demanding yet rewarding training you will ever do. The airlines and the military train this way for a reasonit works! Retention with accelerated training is far superior compared to training that is spread out over several months, and it saves you money. When people dive into our accelerated flight training programs, they are able to get their license in far fewer hours, resulting in a significant financial savings.  

This program is syllabus-based and is benchmarked with checkpoints that IFR students are required to meet to stay on track to meet the guaranteed price and timeframe of the program. Students will have daily homework and are expected to be on time, prepared and serious about the success of their training. Accelerated training is not for every student and we do offer tailored training for students who cannot commit to this type of intensive training. 

*Note: This program is only available from Spring to Fall months and must be scheduled in advance. We take a hiatus from the accelerated programs from October through March.  

Syllabus Based Training 
We have adopted the ASA Complete Instrument Pilot syllabus-based training program. The program covers all the information necessary to become an Instrument Rated Pilot, preparing you for your check ride. With our program, we provide you all the materials you will need throughout the course.  

What do I need to complete before starting Instrument flight training? (Prerequisites Required)

Come prepared with the following information: 

  • Current US Passport or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID 
  • US Third Class Medical or higher 
  • Current Flight Review logged 
  • VFR currency to the Private Pilot Practical Test standards 
  • FAA Instrument Written Exam passed 
    Once we receive your deposit, we will provide you with an online-based ASA Ground School course that you will use to study for your written test. This course provides you with an e-book, over 10 hours of video presentations, and practice quizzes to prepare you for your written knowledge exam. We have found this to be much more beneficial and practical than the standard ground schools other flight schools use. You will need to pass the Instrument Rating FAA Written Knowledge Exam prior to starting your accelerated program.  

Program Includes:  

  • Dedicated Flight Instructor matched to the student 
  • Training with a CFII in an instrument rated airplane, not in a simulator 
  • Training Materials for FAA Knowledge Test  
  • Course Materials needed throughout the program  
  • 25 Hours Instrument Ground Instruction and 40 Hours Instrument Flight Instruction  
  • FAA Written Knowledge Exam Fee 
  • FAA Practical Test Endorsement and Checkride Fee  

Program Topics Covered Include: 

  • Risk Management 
  • Precision ILS approaches 
  • Aeronautical Decision Making 
  • Circle-to-land 
  • Task Management 
  • IFR cross country 
  • Single Pilot Resource Management 
  • Enroute procedures 
  • Scenario Based Training 
  • Localizer back course 
  • Personal Minimums 
  • DME arc maneuvers 
  • Basic Instrument Flying 
  • ASR and PAR approach 
  • Flight Planning 
  • Visual and contact approaches 
  • ATC System & Communications 
  • Advanced instrument approaches 
  • Advanced aircraft & avionics systems training 
  • Partial panel flying 
  • Fuel Planning / and alternate airports 
  • Proper power settings & airspeed control 
  • Weather planning for the general aviation pilot 
  • Holding procedures 
  • Proper power settings and airspeed control VOR and NDB tracking

What are my options to pay for flight school?

  • Flight Training Financing: We know that the cost associated with flight training can be very expensive and hard to pay out of your pocket as you go. We currently recommend AOPA and Pilot Finance, which are geared toward pilot training. The best part is that the payments are $330.00 which are less than just one 2 hr. lesson with your instructor.
    AOPA Finance          1-800-627-5263
    Pilot Finance             1-800-667-0201
    Super Money
  • *Other options for financing may be your personal credit union.
  • Credit card: We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express

Instrument Rating Requirements 

The instrument rating requirements, as specified in 14 CFR 61.65, are summarized below. By the time you complete our accelerated instrument rating program, you will have met all of these requirements and be prepared to test for your Instrument Rating.  

A person who applies for an instrument rating must: 

  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought. 
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. 
  • Hold a current flight medical, at least third class 

A person who has completed the Instrument Rating Requirements will have finished the following:

  • At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating. \
  • A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c). 
  • At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought. 

For instrument-airplane rating, instrument training on cross-country flight procedures, including at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under instrument flight rules. This flight must consist of: 

  • A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing. 
  • An instrument approach at each airport. 
  • Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems (Example: ILS, VOR, GPS, etc). 
  • At least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the checkride within two calendar months before the examination date. 

Our accelerated training course is designed to encompass most of the estimated costs of completing your training. This includes your training materials, aircraft rental, ground training and instructor time. It must be noted here that our training courses are pre-paid packages. A $5,000.00 deposit is required with this application to guarantee your training slot. 

The balance ($8,965.00) is due 10 days prior to your training start date. Payments are non-refundable but can be used for rescheduling within six months.  

Fly Around Alaska accepts cash, checks, wire transfer, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express as forms of payment. Credit cards must be present. Electronic funds transfers must be initiated no less than thirty (30) days prior to your start date. 

No refunds on application fees, pilot training computer software or online programs. No guarantees are implied with any of our courses. The courses are designed to be completed in the times specified; however, circumstances that are beyond our control could prevent you from completing the course in the specified timeframe. These circumstances may include but are not limited to the following: adverse weather, equipment failure, and the student’s own limitations including his or her failure to study adequately to keep up with the syllabus during the program. If the student is neglecting to keep up with his or her studies or canceling scheduled lessons, then Fly Around Alaska reserves the right to cancel the quoted time frame of the program and charge additional fees needed to complete the student’s training at our normal daily training rate. If this occurs, the student will be held responsible for additional training costs due to the added time necessary to complete the program. In the case of a training course not being completed in the specified time, the student may elect to extend their training or return at a later date to finish the program  

Our mission is to do all that is in our power to see that you achieve your goals during your training with Fly Around AlaskaWe pride ourselves on providing the best available equipment, materials, and instructors, as well as the industry’s best and only integrated flight training syllabus. Your complete satisfaction is our primary goal. However if you perceive that any aspect of your training experience is not meeting your expectations, please let us know how we can better serve you and we will do all that we can reasonably do to make your training course a memorable experience for you.