Instrument Pilot Ground School 365

Start on demand.  Attend classes on your schedule.  Work online any time, from anywhere, on any device all while working with your instructor and other students.
Instructor: Michael Lessard, CFII/MEI/RP, FAA Safety Team Lead Representative

If you want training that goes way beyond just preparing you to pass the FAA Knowledge Exam, you are in the right place!  Mr. Lessard is an exciting and engaging instructor who shares decades of practical experience and insight.  Students will learn advanced human factors; flight instruments and attitude instrument flying; flight and information environments; departure, enroute, and approach procedures; expanded weather theory and services; IFR emergency procedures; IFR decision making: and IFR flight planning.  Students will gain in depth knowledge of FARs as they apply to instrument flying.

Throughout the course, Mr. Lessard uses scenario-based examples to explain real world flying.  He continuously teaches about the aeronautical decision making process and explains practical strategies to avoid getting into hazardous situations.  Upon successful completion of all course elements and instructor recommendations, students will be eligible to take the FAA Instrument Airplane Knowledge Exam and will be more than well prepared to pass with flying colors!

Who should take this course?
This is an exciting and highly motivating course that delivers comprehensive training to prepare you to be a safe, knowledgeable, and efficient instrument pilot.  This class will be fun and interesting to anyone who seeks an instrument rating, or to those who just want to learn about instrument flying.  Even if you are not considering an instrument rating, participating in this course is extremely beneficial to you as a VFR pilot.  You will gain a vastly elevated understanding of your aircraft’s performance, a more comprehensive understanding of the ATC and National Airspace Systems, aviation weather, advanced navigation, and more.  You will experience enhanced confidence and will be more effective as a pilot.

Course Format:
Video presentation of our latest live classroom semester with both on-campus and distance learning students working together in a challenging and supportive learning community.  All students work very closely in our web-based Learning Management System (LMS) to work on homework assignments, weekly quizzes, mid-term exams, and group projects.  Your virtual campus includes an extensive resource library, numerous videos, flight training resources, opportunities to network with other students and alumni, and more.  Students have many opportunities to ask questions and receive excellent support throughout the program.  Interact with your instructor, utilize The Hangar Hangout (your private social network to interact with other students), visit your comprehensive aviation resource library, or use the many other resources available.  You are not alone!  This is the most powerful instrument pilot ground school opportunity available in the world

FAA Pilot Proficiency Program (WINGs) ALC-606
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 1
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 2
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 4

Cost for Tuition and Materials:
Tuition $149.95
eBook and full course resources $129.95
Course Total $279.90

Course Contents and Resources:

  • Instrument Pilot Ground School Syllabus
  • WINGsReality EDU Instrument Flying Handbook (eBook),
  • Instrument Rating - Airplane Airman Certification Standards (ACS) (eBook).
  • Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide
  • FARs
  • AIM
  • NTSB Regulations
  • TSA Regulations
  • Digital Chart Supplements (d-CS)
  • Digital Low Altitude Enroute Charts
  • Digital Terminal Procedures Publication (d-TPP) and Airport Diagrams
  • WINGsReality EDU Instrument Pilot Ground School 365 Learning Management System
  • WINGsReality EDU’s Col. Edward B. Sleeper Memorial Library
  • Hangar Hangout (your private social network for students and alumni).
  • Gradebooks, transcripts, course completion status reports, student dashboard with course overview by timeline and course views, interactive community calendar of events, etc.

Instrument Pilot Ground School  Kit:
This collection of digital books, materials, and products is for use by students in the WINGsReality EDU Instrument Pilot Ground School 365 course.  The digital kit contains the following publications:  Federal Aviation Regulations, NTSB regulations, TSA regulations, Aeronautical Information Manual, Pilot/Controller Glossary, Digital Chart Supplements, Low Altitude Enroute charts, and Terminal Procedures Publication.  Because these materials are updated frequently, WINGsReality EDU provides them in continuously updated versions.  As a WINGsReality EDU student your materials will always be current.

WINGsReality EDU Instrument Pilot Ground School Learning Management System:
The WINGsReality EDU Learning Management System is a powerful tool for students to use as they complete their coursework. It is your go to place for all course resources from classroom presentations, assignments, weekly quizzes, mid-term exams, book kits, videos, student gradebook, and more.

WINGsReality EDU’s Col. Edward B. Sleeper Memorial Library is a dynamic resource for students, offering reference materials, numerous videos, ground and flight training resources, downloads, flight deck tools, digital products, aviation safety resources, aviation links, and more.

Your library is organized by categories for easy research in aviation topics such as Discovering Aviation, Airman Testing, Airport Operations, Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), Human Factors, Aviation Medical Examiner (AME), National Airspace System, Weather, Spatial Disorientation, Situational Awareness, Risk Management, Crew Resource Management (CRM), Aircrew Survival, Upset Prevention and Recovery, Owner Maintenance, and more.

Instrument Pilot Ground School section of the Library:
This section of the library is filled with resources, links, and downloads such as Advisory Circulars (ACs), forms, logs, checklists, and more directly pertaining to your course.  Many of these resources are available only to students who are enrolled in the Instrument Pilot Ground School 365 course.

Hangar Hangout (Student Social Network):
The Hangar Hangout is an excellent learning resource for WINGsReality EDU students. It is the main place for general aviation discussions for all students, instructors, and alumnus. Here you can ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and meet others in the WINGsReality EDU community.

Thursday Mentoring Sessions:
Join your fellow students from various WINGsReality EDU programs live online each week to chat with your instructor, ask questions, share thoughts and experiences, and help other students in their journey to success.  Can’t make the Thursday session?  No problem.  All video from the mentoring sessions are saved so our students have access to this valuable information any time they want. 

Gradebook and reports:
Keep track of your successes! All WINGsReality EDU students have access to their grade books and progress reports at all times. Your grades help you to keep track of your progress, scores, and attendance records.

Certificate of Achievement:
The WINGsReality EDU Instrument Pilot Ground School Certificate of Achievement is awarded to students who have completed all tasks, assignments, and exams in a timely manner, and have achieved passing grades. We will warn you The WINGsReality EDU Instrument Pilot Ground School 365 course is a very challenging course. This academic program is representative of the magnitude of responsibility it takes to perform as an IFR pilot. This program is a breakthrough in aviation training and produces the most knowledgeable, competent, and safe pilots of any training program available. Earning this Certificate of Completion is a significant accomplishment and an award that you can be very proud of.

Important Information! Please read and understand before you enroll!


Attendance and Completion Requirements (Please read and understand):
Students attend the WINGsReality EDU Instrument Pilot Ground School 365 for many different reasons.  Although most are here to earn an instrument rating, many are here to expand their knowledge of aviation and to enjoy a really cool learning experience.  That is why we created two separate learning tracks in this course.  The “A Track” is the Airman Track.  These students are working towards FAA airman certification (i.e., an instrument rating).  The “E Track” students are just here to learn, have fun, and broaden their horizons.  You can read more about these once enrolled, but to help you make decisions now, it is critical that you understand the requirements of this course when taken for FAA airman certification (your instrument rating).

A-Track Students – Acting as Pilot-in-Command of an aircraft under IFR is obviously one of the most enormous responsibilities you will ever take on in your life.  Training and preparing our students for this is a charge that we take seriously, and our students are held accountable to a high academic standard.  The WINGsReality EDU Instrument Pilot Ground School 365 is a challenging course that will require a high degree of motivation to be successful at.   We have always told our students that a person of average intelligence can easily earn an instrument rating, but a person of average motivation is really going to struggle to be successful.  You will all find this to be true.  That said, if you are enrolled in the “A Track” the requirements are you must attend all classes, complete all homework assignments, class quizzes, mid-term exam, and other tasks in full, and achieve passing grades.  You must also possess and use all books and materials as required by the list below.  Studying with outdated or missing material is not acceptable.  Students not completing the course to A Track standards default to E Track and will not be eligible for FAA required logbook endorsements.


Course Completion Deadline:
Students must complete all elements of this course within six months of their course start date.  The preferred format is for students to plan on attending one class per week to finish the course in 10 weeks.  Students may not complete this course in less than 10 weeks.  We enforce a 7 day study period for each of the 10 classes to ensure an acceptable learning outcome.


Books and Materials Descriptions and Instructions:
Part of your Instrument Pilot Ground School 365 kit will be supplied in your course.  There are some physical items that students will need to purchase in order to complete the course.  Because we want you to be able to start right away, these student supplied items are not required to start the course.  We have made provisions for you to complete the initial work in the course without them.  However, all students must possess these items in order to proceed beyond the second class in the semester.

Students must order the following books and materials.  All books and materials must be in the current revisions as indicted below.  Outdated books and materials are not suitable for pilot training and will not be accepted for credit in this class.  Students may elect to use printed or eBook versions of Item #1 as described below:

Item #1 – Jeppesen Guided Flight Discovery Instrument/Commercial Pilot Textbook (printed book), Part number 10001784-005, Version 005, ISBN# 978-0-88487-130-9.  List price $86.96


Item #1 – Jeppesen Guided Flight Discovery Instrument/Commercial Pilot (eTextbook), Part number 10277281-002, Version 002, ISBN# 978-0-88487-645-8.  List price $74.98

  • Please note that students overwhelmingly prefer the printed book over the eBook for use in this course.  We highly recommend the printed book.


Item #2 – Jeppesen Instrument Rating Knowledge Test Guide (printed book), Part number 10001388-019, Version 019, ISBN# 0-88487-418-4.  List price $25.96

Item #3 – ASA Instrument Chart Plotter (ASA-CP-IFR-2) $12.95

Item #4 – ASA Holding Pattern Visualizer (ASA-HPC-2) $14.95

Where to buy:
Items 1 and 2 above are available from your local fixed base operator (FBO) or through online pilot stores.  We do not advise purchasing printed versions at as they are normally on back order and will cause delays in your learning.  Items 3 and 4 are available at or through online pilot stores.

Purchase and/or return arrangements for books and materials provided by outside suppliers is between the student and the supplier.


Tuition, books, and materials return policy:
Should a student decide to drop out of the course, tuition only is refundable within 14 days of enrollment, subject to a cancellation fee of $19.95.  Books and materials supplied by WINGsReality EDU are in digital format and are not refundable for any reason.


Returning Alumni Students Policy:
Current and fresh, back to basics knowledge and skills are a pinnacle component of aviation safety.  We encourage all of our alumni to return for a refresher anytime.  Returning alumni students may attend classes remotely as desired for a system fee of $49.95 (tuition only, books and materials not included) per semester.  The attendance by alumni students is offered on a space available basis.  Please check with Admissions to find out if space is available for the classes that you want to attend.  Returning alumni students must enroll and abide by all WINGsReality EDU terms and conditions.


Yes, I am ready to start my adventures in becoming an instrument pilot! 

Awesome!  Just Enroll Now and you can be studying in a matter of minutes!

Student Testimonials


    Thanks for putting together the IFR and Multi ground school. Well done sir.

LifeFlight of Maine
Joshua Dickson, FP-C Aviation Systems Coordinator LifeFlight of Maine