Flight Academy

Instrument Rating Checkride

This check-ride is part of the Promotion Course.
A successful candidate will be promoted to Senior Flight Officer providing all requirements have been met for the position.


  • The VOR approach - Introducing instrument approach procedures, learn how to fly a non-precision approach, specifically a VOR approach. Topics covered include the use of the DME, course reversals and how to interpret the intacacies of the VOR Approach Chart.
  • The ILS approach - Continuing with the instrument approach procedures, this lesson covers the precision approach, specifically the ILS approach. The lesson covers important techniques used in flying the precision instrument approach which allows descent to a lower level in poor weather.
  • Holding patterns - Learn how to perform a holding pattern. Instrument techniques and entry transitions.
  • The Checkride - The instrument Rating Checkride will assess your ability to perform a non-precision (VOR) approach, a hold, and a precision (ILS) approach as covered in the preceeding lessons.

At the end of the Checkride

If you successfully complete the checkride you will be presented with a certificate on-screen. Complete your certificate by entering your name, then take a screen-image of the certicate and save it to your disk.

How do I update my Profile?

Send your saved image file (jpeg, gif or bmp) to your Hub Manager. Don't forget to include your Pilot ID so we know who you are! Your certification will appear on your profile at the next update.

Screen-image capture

This can be accomplished within Windows XP/Vista by pressing the Prt Scr key, which will copy the screen-image to the clipboard. Open up your favourite paint package or use the Paint program provided with Windows and paste the image from the clipboard. Save the new image to disk.

Why hasn't my rank changed?

Remember that the checkride is one facet of the promotion requirements. It may be that you have not met all the requirements for the next rank.

To review what you need to do, log into the Flight Services and choose Pilot Status from the Pilot Information menu. This will show an on-screen assesment of your current status and compare them against the requirements for the next rank. An advisory will then explain what you need to do.

If you have met all the requirements, please fill in the promotion request available at the Pilot Status page, which will be actioned by your Hub Manager.