Instrument Flight Rules

This section is designed for use by instrument flight rules instructors and pilots preparing for instrument rating tests. Instructors may find this section a valuable training aid as it includes basic reference material for knowledge testing and instrument flight training.

This section conforms to pilot training and certification concepts established by the FAA. There are different ways of teaching, as well as performing, flight procedures and maneuvers and many variations in the explanations of aerodynamic theories and principles. This section adopts selected methods and concepts for instrument flying. The discussion and explanations reflect the most commonly used practices and principles.

  1. The National Airspace System
  2. The Air Traffic Control System
  3. Human Factors
  4. Aerodynamic Factors
  5. Flight Instruments
  6. Attitude Instrument Flying – Analog Instrumentation
  7. Attitude Instrument Flying – Electronic Flight Display
  8. Basic Flight Maneuvers – Analog Instrumentation
  9. Basic Flight Maneuvers – Electronic Flight Display
  10. Helicopter Attitude Instrument Flying
  11. Navigation Systems
  12. IFR Flight
  13. Emergency Operations

The information found in this section is based upon the information found in the Instrument Flying Handbook published by the FAA.

Flight Literacy Recommends

William Kershner's Instrument Flight Manual - Everything you need to know to obtain an FAA instrument rating, or a great refresher for existing instrument pilots. Covered subjects include airplane performance and basic instrument flying, navigation and communications, clearances, planning IFR flight, and carrying out the instrument flight itself from preflight, takeoff and departure, en route, through to the approach and landing phases.