Start with a Disovery Flight and log your first hour!
If you are transitioning to the Cirrus, our CSIP (Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot), will guide you along in this amazing aircraft. A typical transition takes 3-days intending to familiarize you with the VFR normal and emergency operations of the Cirrus.
A 5-day second course, Advanced Transition Course, is designed for the current and proficient instrument pilot. The syllabus is designed to cover normal and emergency IFR operations including coursework covering the autopilot and Garmin systems.
A person who has failed to meet the instrument experience requirements of paragraph (c) for more than six calendar months may reestablish instrument currency only by completing an instrument proficiency check. The instrument proficiency check must consist of the areas of operation and instrument tasks required in the instrument rating practical test standards.
(1) The instrument proficiency check must be –
(i) In an aircraft that is appropriate to the aircraft category;
(ii) For other than a glider, in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of the aircraft category; or
(iii) For a glider, in a single-engine airplane or a glider.
(2) The instrument proficiency check must be given by –
(i) An examiner;
(ii) A person authorized by the U.S. Armed Forces to conduct instrument flight tests, provided the person being tested is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces;
(iii) A company check pilot who is authorized to conduct instrument flight tests under part 121, 125, or 135 of this chapter or subpart K of part 91 of this chapter, and provided that both the check pilot and the pilot being tested are employees of that operator or fractional ownership program manager, as applicable;
(iv) An authorized instructor; or
(v) A person approved by the Administrator to conduct instrument practical tests.
An IPC must be given in accordance with Instrument Rating ‒ Airplane, Airman Certification Standards, FAA-S-ACS-8, Task requirements are list in Appendix 5. While an Instrument Proficiency Check is not a checkride, it must be in compliance with the ACS and your Sun Coast Aviation CFII must ensure that you meet the standards set forth in FAA-S-ACS-8 and can competently and safely exercise of the privileges of your instrument rating prior to endorsement.
Maintaining instrument currency is an ongoing task that most instrument pilots struggle with more than a few times in their flying career – especially in fair weather states like Florida and California, this can be challenging. At Sun Coast Aviation, we offer a three-hour program spread out over a two-month period. These are arranged as two, 1 ½ hour sessions, one session per month with a Sun Coast Aviation CFII. The program consists of:
This is a great way to maintain currency and practice approaches into various airports such as those you be planning an actual flight.