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Under revised PTS, all of designated tasks must now be satisfactorily completed. Although a pilot and instructor can still tailor IPC to focus on tasks needing additional work, remainder of designated tasks will still need to be completed. This will increase time required for an IPC and may deter pilots from spending time and money for additional practice of specific tasks.
Another concern is requirement that an IPC candidate must now perform a circling approach. Unfortunately, this eliminates opportunity for an IPC candidate to fully complete an IPC using a computer-based trainer such as an Advanced AD. Although an Advanced AD will still qualify for completion of a majority of IPC requirements, if it does not have a wide, wrap-around display, a circling approach will be impossible and this portion of IPC will need to either be demonstrated in an aircraft or in a simulator that is equipped for such an approach.
This new requirement also has potential to increase cost of an IPC for a pilot. If pilot does not have access to an appropriate computer based trainer, he or she will need to perform a circling approach in an aircraft.
The revised PTS are here and are standards for conducting an IPC. Pilots should keep in mind that an IPC sign-off received after October 1, 2004 that does not comply with revised PTS will not be valid and may leave pilot operating without instrument currency. Both pilots and their instructors should review revised PTS to fully understand what tasks are required for an IPC.
As always, fly safe and fly smart.
Greg is an aviation attorney, author and holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating. His handles aviation litigation, including insurance matters and creditor’s rights, FAA certificate actions and aviation related transactional matters. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out his website at www.aerolegalservices.com.