This is an interactive desktop flight simulator created to help instrument-rated pilots maintain proficiency in the maneuvers outlined in the FAA instrument currency requirements and prepare for the Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC). Unlike any other desktop flight simulator available on the market today, Instrument Refresher — An IPC Simulator is a comprehensive tutorial and training platform for instrument pilots.
Using a photorealistic and aerodynamically-accurate Cessna 172, Instrument Refresher gives pilots 24 lessons divided into four "blocks" of learning: radio navigation, airwork, enroute procedures and instrument approaches. Lessons cover all maneuvers required to maintain instrument currency including instrument approaches, holding, intercepting and tracking using NAVAIDs, as well as unusual attitudes, partial panel, radio communications, and steep turns; a fifth block simulates an actual Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC).
The program has a "virtual CFII" on board who will demonstrate, then prompt the pilot through maneuvers, while explaining errors made along the way. The critique from the instructor provides a consistent method of learning, and evaluates the pilot’s performance against the FAA Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards. To further simulate actual conditions, users will hear the voice of the instructor and those of air traffic controllers, from Clearance Delivery and ATIS, to approach and tower controllers.
This software is ideal for pilots who don’t fly on the gauges as frequently as they’d like to, those who need to relearn some procedures, or those seeking a way to practice instrument recent-flight-experience maneuvers. Instrument Refresher will help pilots build confidence in their instrument skills and get over the refresher hurdle with the guidance of a qualified, knowledgeable instructor in the privacy of their own home. The program also includes a "free flight" mode that allows users to leave the training environment and practice procedures and approaches anywhere in the world, setting weather conditions along the way.
Note: For more information about the differences between ASA's three instrument desktop simulator programs, click on the "Detail" button above.
FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS)
FITS products are more convenient, more accessible, less expensive, and more relevant to today's pilots. The FAA FITS initiative is focused on the redesign of general aviation training. Instead of training pilots to pass practical tests, FITS focuses on expertly managed real-world challenges. Scenario-based training is used to enhance GA pilots' aeronautical decision making, risk management, and single pilot resource management skills - all without compromising basic stick and rudder skills resulting in progressive pilot training that enhances safety. For more details on FITS see the FAA's Industry Training Standards website.
Which desktop flight simulator is best for me?
IP Trainer — For the not-yet-instrument-rated pilot. Perfect for anyone with 20 hours or less in their instrument rating curriculum.
On Top — For instrument-rated pilots who want a versatile platform to practice instrument procedures in their own aircraft, practice decision making skills in IMC, and for use in orientation to approaches and routes as part of their preflight preparations. Perfect for the instrument-rated pilot flying high performance, twin, or various single-engine aircraft.
Instrument Refresher: An IPC Simulator — For an instrument-rated pilot who wants to practice the maneuvers required for instrument currency and wants the ability to refine skills before taking an Instrument Proficiency Check with a live instructor. Perfect for instrument-rated pilots who don't get to fly on the gauges as much as they'd like and could use some occasional dual time.
Features of Instrument Refresher: an IPC Simulator
Interactive Lessons. This program's lesson technology covers all the maneuvers required to maintain instrument currency (per 14 CFR 61.57). The challenges you'll face here include:
• Instrument approaches
• Holding procedures
• Intercepting and tracking courses using NAVAIDs
• Unusual attitudes
• Steep turns
• Partial panel
• IFR communications
• and a comprehensive IPC flight.
"Virtual CFII": Instrument Refresher's built-in CFII guides you with interactive voice prompts and graphical displays, so you know exactly how well you flew your lesson. Your virtual flight instructor will:
• Demonstrate each maneuver or procedure.
• Explain each step as he flies it.
• Prompt you through your first attempts at it.
• Watch as you practice, stopping if you stray too far from the minimums outlined in the
• Talk to you, as well as an entire cast of ATC personalities including Ground Control, Clearance
Delivery, ATIS, Tower, and Approach and Departure Control.
In addition to this program's comprehensive tutorial, use its aerodynamically-accurate Cessna 172 to practice instrument approaches and procedures in the airspace you fly in, giving you a chance to tax your flying skills at a low "per flight hour" cost — which helps you keep your complete focus on the instrument panel:
• Comprehensive worldwide database included, with airports, airways, NAVAIDs, intersections,
• Realistic instrument failures help you maximize your emergency procedures training.
• Set the weather conditions to practice flying to minimums, executing missed approaches,
navigating with winds and turbulence, and decision-making skills in IMC.
• Use both the profile and plan views to evaluate your flight track, backup, and re-fly under
Minimum System Requirements:
Windows 2000, Windows XP (Home & Professional), Vista(Home Premium & Ultimate), Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional & Ultimate) Operating Systems.
Windows compatible processor, 800 MHz or faster Windows (2000 & XP), 1.0 GHz or faster (Vista & Windows 7). 256 MB System RAM (Win2000/XP), 512 MB (Vista), 1024 MB (Win 7).
131 MB available hard drive space. CD-ROM drive. DirectX 8.1 (included on the IPC1.5 CD) or later. DirectX compatible video card with 32 MB minimum Video Memory. 800x600 minimum screen resolution. DirectX-compatible sound card and speakers. Mouse or other compatible pointing device. Joystick or yoke.