Darren Smith, Flight Instructor
  Home | Login | Schedule | Pilot Store | 7-Day IFR | IFR Adventure | Trip Reports | Blog | Fun | Reviews | Weather | Articles | Links | Helicopter | Download | Bio

Site Map


Private Pilot
  Learn to Fly

Instrument Pilot
  7 day IFR Rating
  IFR Adventure

Commercial Pilot

Multi-Engine Pilot

Human Factors/CRM

Recurrent Training

Ground Schools


Privacy Policy
About Me


Support this Website

Get Your Instrument Rating in 7 Days!  -  Accelerated Instrument Rating Training

Cessna 182T

Structured, Efficient, & Cost Effective:

Our practice area is a 2,000 mile cross country training experience
  • Get 7 days of individualized experience for your training investment.
  • Gain real confidence working the IFR system with airline style routes.
  • Learn real world techniques from an experienced  Instructor (CFII)
  • Build IFR skills in your aircraft - in an accelerated format convenient to your schedule.
  • Experts in Cirrus, Mooney, and technically advanced aircraft/glass cockpits.

Full Program DetailsWant to finish your IFR Rating in 7 days? 

If you're interested in getting your instrument in 7 days, this is the program for you.  There are no gimmicks to this, its hard work, and requires your full concentration. However, when you're finished, you'll have gained solid experience in the real world of IFR. You will receive at least 30 hours of one-on-one flight instruction on some of the most challenging instrument approaches in the South East. You'll fly at least 25 approaches during the program, many with SID's STAR's and holding patterns. You'll be astonished at how much you will learn.  When you are not in the air, you will learn techniques that will simplify otherwise complex procedures such as procedure turns, holding pattern entries and many others.

Don't spend 9-12 months and $15,000 to $20,000 on your instrument rating!  Condensed training experiences will not only save you money,  the intensity guarantees that the lessons last a lifetime.  Your training is accelerated and less time is spent reviewing the last lesson... a real money saver.  None of the other accelerated programs provide the comprehensive, high quality learning materials: the Oral Exam Prep Kit and the Instrument Rating Pre-Checkride Review workbook.  Demand more, and get the best instructor for accelerated training.

The three-day  IFR Adventure is an integral part of the seven day IFR rating training and guarantees a unique training experience and adds up to a true flying adventure that will make you a more knowledgeable and confident pilot.  We integrate the IFR Adventure into the course not only to meet certain instrument rating requirements, but also to serve as a real world capstone experience which increases your confidence in the IFR system.  Read about Accelerated Training Programs in the reading library.

What if you want a slower pace than a 7 day instrument rating training course?   A 10-day program is available at a slightly higher cost.

If you are considering any flying career (airlines, flight instruction), consider getting your mult add-on to your private, then doing your instrument rating in a multi.  For a small incremental cost, you can be building multi time while doing a rating you're going to need anyway.  It lowers your over all cost to get into an airline career.  I do the IFR rating training for multi students as a 10-day program for the same cost as a 7-day program.  If you are interested in a career with the airlines, read Why You Should do Your Instrument Rating in a Twin.

Six Reasons to Choose This Program:

  1. This is a quick, efficient, structured training program to get you through this training with minimum pain, maximum quality.
  2. We constantly evaluate our competitors to ensure that our program provides the highest quality at the most reasonable cost in the country... compare for yourself.  We're not beat by anyone.
  3. You are PIC for the entire program receiving PIC credit in your logbook for 100% of the flight time.
  4. Safety:  techniques for safe instrument flight are emphasized by your instructor. 
  5. Personal attention is provided as you progress through your training program.  You'll never wonder about your progress.  You will never fall through the cracks.
  6. The chief instructor has been a teacher since 1996, is a Master Instructor (NAFI), Advanced Ground Instructor rated (FAA), a Gold Seal Certificated Flight Instructor (FAA), an Aviation Safety Counselor (FAA), and a former airline pilot.  Your instructor is a highly qualified ATP-rated, FAA Gold Seal, NAFI Master instructor with 100% pass rate.  None of the other local providers use an instructor of this calibre.

More Information:

Accelerated Training Programs, Do They Work?
Are you really ready for an Instrument Rating?
Instrument rating requirements
Frequently Asked Questions: 7-day IFR
Syllabus: 7-day Instrument Rating Training
Instrument Checkride Reviewer
Visi-Hold - the easy way to figure out instrument holds
Why You Should do Your Instrument Rating in a Twin
After the IFR Rating
Working with owners of aircraft

Full Program Details (PDF)

Which Program is Right for Me?

7-Day IFR program

10-Day IFR program

IFR Adventure

  • You already have 10-15 hours of hood training.
  • You are already proficient under the hood and can perform basic IFR maneuvers to PTS standards. First day test is the Bravo Pattern, see Basic Attitude Instruction for more information.
  • Extra days $450
  • You want a slower paced program.
  • You are doing the program in a complex or multi engine aircraft.
  • You are starting with zero time and need to go from VFR to IFR rated.
  • Extra days $400
  • You already meet the minimum requirements to get the rating. See below, "Prerequisites..." for rating requirements.
  • You need to build your confidence in the IFR system.
  • Extra days $450
7 day "finish up" program
in your aircraft 
10 day program (slower pace) in your aircraft  $4,500 3 day program in your aircraft  $1,500

How does this compare with other programs?

This program is very competitive with other programs.  Compare for yourself:
7-day IFR finish up training & IFR Adventure, $3,500 + your plane
10-day IFR Instrument Rating Training & IFR Adventure, $4,500 + your plane
Glass Cockpit, $5950 + your plane + 500/day extra days
Gatts, $5,250 + your plane
2-Eagle, $4,995 + your plane
7-day IFR.COM, OUT OF BUSINESS - parked at godaddy.
AFIT, $4,950 + your plane
SafePilot.COM, $5,500 + up to 15 hours your plane + 785/day extra days
IFRSolutions.COM 7-day, $4,500 + your plane
PIC, $6,250 + your plane
Why is it so much cheaper?  No advertising, no $3,000 glossy ads in magazines, and low overhead.  What's it like to save $1000 or more compared to other programs?  Its enough to pay the fuel/oil for your next big trip!

Scheduling & Availability:

This program starts on a Friday or Monday.  The checkride is scheduled the following Monday morning.  Check the schedule for availability.  Plan on arriving the day prior to the start of your training to get settled.


  • Scheduling discount - 91+ days in advance (20% off) or 61+ days in advance (10% off) or 41+ days in advance (5% off) 
  • Buddy Training:  Train together at a slower pace 12-day program $3,750 each - 70% more training for less.
  • Certain aircraft, because of their complexity, require additional time to become confident in real world IFR conditions.  If your aircraft burns Jet-A, has more than one engine, or is a helicopter, you get an extra day of instructor time.  Free.
  • Helicopter?  See the 7-day helicopter instrument rating training.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Any required endorsements are included (high performance or complex) at no additional charge.
  • Deposit Required:  50% to secure the date, with the balance paid at the beginning of training.  Payment via bank check/money order.
  • <>Cancellation policy:  If you cancel at any time prior to your scheduled date, we will apply your deposit to a future date only if we are able to fill your reserved spot with another student. 

Includes FREE:
Not Included:
Aircraft or anything related to the aircraft (Fuel, Oil, Insurance, Rental, Gov Fees, Repair, Etc), Meals, Ground Transportation & Lodging for you & your instructor, entertainment or any personal expenses you might encounter. You must supply your own aircraft, oil & fuel.
   Syllabus, Next >>

Prerequisites for Instrument Rating:

You'll be ready for your checkride immediately upon completion if you:
  • completed the provided Instrument Rating Pre-Checkride Review workbook
  • have a passing score on your  instrument written, 
  • have at least 50 hours PIC cross country, 
  • have at least 40 hours of instrument time
  • meet PTS requirements
Frequently Asked Questions:  Next>>

What Should I Bring?


The following are requirements for your checkride:
  • Completed pre-rating written test.
  • Pilot Certificate, Medical (at least 3rd class)
  • Evidence of citizenship: US passport or birth certificate with government issued picture id.
  • Sunglasses & Shorts during the Summer.
  • Headset, foggles, logbook.
  • Written test results
  • Current FAR/AIM
  • E6B
  • Supplied textbooks
  • Aircraft, must provide logbooks to prove:
    • current annual & IFR status,
    • all ADs have been complied with,
    • pitot static & transponder certification within preceeding 24 calendar months
IFR Adventure (3 day refresher or finishup)
7-Day Instrument Rating Syllabus
Reading Section - free educational articles

IFR Information Navigation:   General Info Instrument Rating | Instrument Rating Lesson Plans | 7-day IFR Rating IFR Adventure | Instrument Ground School | Safety Pilot | Holding | IFR Risk | Trip Reports | Flight Profiles | Rating Requirements | After the IFR RatingCheckride Reviewer | Are you really ready?

IFR Lesson Guides:  Basic Attitude Instruction | Cockpit Check | Pitch Control | Bank Control | Power Control | Constant Airspeed | Turns | ITO | Constant Rate | Compass | Steep Turns | Unusual Attitudes | Precision Flight | Bravo Pattern

Participant Comments:

"This was brutal, but valuable experience. I learned more than the basics, I learned safe instrument flight." Ted H

"My confidence has never been this high." Darius L

"The right training at the right price got me the results I needed."  Rudy S

"You have a 'teaching way' about you and its very effective." Dave C

"You really have this down to a science."  Alan D

"Thank you for the many flights of stressing good flying habits.  Its now paying off in my Air Force career."  Mark S

"My training was second to none.  My skills are consistently complimented by other flight instructors I have flown with"  Tim N

For More Information...

Name: (Anonymous posts deleted)

E-mail: (if you want a reply)

How did you hear
of this website?
Message:  (What should I write?)
Business Card
News Group
Safety Seminar
Word of Mouth
(Required) Enter number from image to send:

  Home | Login | Schedule | Pilot Store | 7-Day IFR | IFR Adventure | Trip Reports | Blog | Fun | Reviews | Weather | Articles | Links | Helicopter | Download | Bio
All content is Copyright 2002-2011 by Darren Smith. All rights reserved. Subject to change without notice. This website is not a substitute for competent flight instruction. There are no representations or warranties of any kind made pertaining to this service/information and any warranty, express or implied, is excluded and disclaimed including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. Under no circumstances or theories of liability, including without limitation the negligence of any party, contract, warranty or strict liability in tort, shall the website creator/author or any of its affiliated or related organizations be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages as a result of the use of, or the inability to use, any information provided through this service even if advised of the possibility of such damages. For more information about this website, including the privacy policy, see about this website.