AviatorCast Episode 111: 11 Steps to Instrument Mastery

Instrument Mastery, 6 pack, basic 6, instrument flying


Today’s Flight Plan

After having just received my CFII, I find myself aware of a lot of things that make a good instrument pilot. They are things that I want to see in myself and things I expect of my future students, at least eventually.

That’s why I decided to do a podcast on the 11 Steps to Instrument Mastery. Of course, these aren’t the only steps that need to be taken, but they’re an awfully good start.

Truth be told, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the knowledge, help and mentorship of aviators that have gone before me, and are still a great part of the industry. I only hope that I can do a justice to their hard work and legacy in the future instrument students that I get to teach.

  1. Master the Scan
  2. Proficiency vs Recency
  3. Play nice with ATC (and NAS)
  4. Use a flight simulator
  5. Fly in actual conditions
  6. Practice variety of procedures/approaches
  7. Learn to use ForeFlight well
  8. Aim small, miss small (thanks Jason Miller)
  9. Configuration Charts
  10. Hands off Flying
  11. Continual Learning

Useful Links



Major thanks to the amazing Angle of Attack Crew for all their hard work over the years. Our team works incredibly hard, and they’re very passionate about what they do.

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