FAQs

Q: Where is P.I.C. located?
A: We have instructors all around the country, with concentrations in California, Texas, Florida, New England, and throughout the Midwest.

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Q: What are the instructors’ credentials?
A: P.I.C. instructors average over 8,300 flight hours, with thousands of hours of instrument instruction given. Each trains more new instrument pilots per year than the average CFII does in a lifetime. Clients say they truly deepen their aviation knowledge by working with such highly experienced professionals.

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Q: Does the simulator “fly” like the airplane?
A: The simulator is a practical tool for learning IFR procedures, not a substitute for the aircraft. It is quiet, completely safe and costs nothing to operate. You can stop to discuss a point or back it up to repeat an exercise. You perfect your procedures in the airplane. With this method, you learn IFR procedures four times faster than you could in the airplane alone.

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Q: How may hours will I put on the airplane?
A: Only about 27, compared to the national average of 65. The simulator and the well organized curriculum save you time and money.

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Q: I already have 30 hours of instrument training. Can P.I.C. help me?
A: Ask about our “Finish-Up” program. We review your skills and knowledge and then fill in the gaps. You don’t waste time on material you already know. Many with previous training finish the course in considerably less than 10 days.

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Q: Can I really get my rating in only 10 days?
A: Since 1980, in training thousands of pilots, the average pilot has completed the P.I.C. course in 10 days.

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Q: If I “cram” won’t I lose my skills just as fast?
A: Professional pilots, civilian and military, train on a full-time basis, both for initial and recurrent training. Studies show that you learn better and retain more in a well organized, full-time program.

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Q: I took the written almost two years ago. Should I review prior to the course?
A: The P.I.C. course is complete in itself. It covers everything you need to fly instruments safely, confidently and legally.

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Q: Will I fly in actual weather?
A: We take you into actual IFR conditions whenever possible.

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Q: Could the course be delayed by weather?
A: Severe icing conditions or thunderstorms can prevent flying on a given day. But the curriculum is so flexible and the simulator so versatile that the course is delayed by weather less than once in 50 ratings.

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Q: Why should I train with Professional Instrument Courses?
A: The instrument rating is the most challenging ticket you can go after. It is harder than the private and even tougher than the CFII. You owe it to yourself to get the best training available. P.I.C. is the IFR training expert. We specialize in instrument training and have the most thorough, proven professional program you’ll find anywhere. Today, after more than 30 years of service to the industry, we train more private instrument pilots than any other school. Thousands of pilots across the country have become instrument rated with P.I.C. When you graduate, you will share their satisfaction in being the best instrument pilot you can be.

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Q: Do I need the knowledge exam passed?
A: P.I.C. offers several options for preparing for the FAA Instrument Pilot Knowledge Test. To determine your best choice, speak with one of our Training Counselors at 800-435-9437 (that’s 800-I-FLY-IFR) or visit our Contact Page.

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