Instrument Rating Ground School

Not only will this course cover all of the FAA-mandated subject material for the Instrument Rating, we will also take an in-depth look at emerging technologies and their safety and operational implications. As with all Club ground schools there will be an emphasis on real-life situations and safety.

  • Aerodynamics and Control (Real-Life IFR techniques)
  • Engines and Structures (Hands-On in the Hangar)
  • Instrumentation (All failure modes and partial panel)
  • Weather Theory and Interpretation for IFR
  • FAA Regulations for IFR
  • IFR Air Traffic Control Procedures
  • Flight Fitness and Medical Considerations for IFR
  • Safety, Decision-Making, Judgment, and Common Errors for Instrument Pilots (Learn from others’ mistakes)
  • Radio Communications (and radio failure procedures)
  • IFR Navigation Fundamentals (Enroute, terminal and approach, including GPS and RNAV)
  • Airspace and Security (including intercept procedures)
  • Flight Planning and Chart Interpretation (including NOS and Jeppesen cartography differences)


There are typically 10-15 students in this class. Most all have significant flying experience and are working on their instrument training. However, some students are just beginning. Learning is enhanced by the sharing of experiences by the more advanced flight students who have the unique perspective of a new “in training” instrument pilot.

Serious Training

This is a 36 hour course involving 12 3-hour classes plus about an equal amount of reading and exercise completion. It is thorough and both practical and theory based. However, given the enthusiasm of the students and instructors, it is typically a fun and rewarding experience for all!


Your principal instructor for this course will be John Hunter. John is an experienced pilot and holds numerous FAA certifications. He has been teaching aviation courses for 35 years both at the Club and in an airline environment. Other instructors include the Club’s Chief Flight Instructor, George Scheer, and other experienced FAA certified instructors.


All classes will be held in the air conditioned classroom at the Club’s hangar facility at the Raleigh Executive Jetport @ Sanford-Lee County north of Sanford, south of Apex. For driving instructions, see the Club’s website or call.

COVID-19 NOTICE: Due to safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Instrument Rating Ground School class will be conducted remotely via Zoom for the 2021 winter/spring class. The Instrument Rating ground school will be offered on the dates and times as scheduled.

If you are interested in attending the Instrument Rating ground school, you may simply attend the first two classes free of charge with the Zoom invitation which is listed below. After the second class, if you wish to complete the entire course you must then register per the instructions on the Ground School Course Registration form (form 1.16 on the forms page.) Registration and fees paid must be completed in advance of two days before the third class begins. Full details will be explained at the two first Zoom classes. If you have any questions you may email email: , or , or

ZOOM Invitation for first two Instrument Rating classes:

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The classes are all taught in the evening at 7:00pm and are typically on Mondays. For specific dates, please see the ground school page.

Cost and Registration

Tuition cost will be $195 payable at the first class. Books and other required supplies will be about $80. Two separate payments (one to the instructor for tuition and a second to the Club for books and materials) will be required. Payment can be made by check or cash only.

This is a bargain compared to commercially available programs. Registration will be at the first class, and pre-registration is not necessary. Just show up with your enthusiasm!

Read what others have said about this ground school

“My previous ground school was very superficial compared to the detailed theory covered in this course. I gained a significant level of knowledge not previously obtained.” Roger M 4/2018

“I really enjoyed the content and the thorough approach to the course. This was my second ground school at the club. I will make sure to pass the word along to others that are thinking about a classroom course.” Jason K. 4/2017

You have an excellent reputation for your ground schools, and it is well deserved.” Kate K. 4/2017

“Outstanding class. I came to hear about real IFR flying and I loved it.” Joel K. 4/2015

“Excellent emphasis on safety. Comprehensive, enjoyable, and informative. Great class.” Martin C. 4/2014.

“Much more comprehensive than the weekend course I took before.” Sam M. 4/2013

“Best weather descriptions I’ve ever heard.” Mark S. 3/2012

“…I only wish my professors in college were as captivating.” Adam D. 3/2011

“…this class blows away the DVD course I took and is very important to safety, I believe.” Daniel R. 4/2006

“Excellent course! …excellent instructor –he gives many different perspectives on the material” Judith F. 4/2005