Accelerated Instrument Training Course
The Big Island is definitely one of the best places in the nation to complete accelerated IFR training. You will have no problem with weather delays due to low freezing levels or severe weather systems. You will be flying out of the busy Kona International Airport (Class D). Your IFR training will take you across the Big Island and on to our neighbor Islands for your cross country flights, cool stuff!
Over on the eastern, windward – wet side of the Big Island, we have Hilo Airport. The ‘Hilo side’ of the Big Island sees a mix of sunshine and plenty of moisture riding in on the trade winds. Those same volcanoes that keep the Kona side dry also serve to lift those incoming wet trade winds uphill to produce nice fluffy and misty clouds. Icing is non-existent at the altitudes we operate in and thunderstorms are very infrequent in the Hawaiian Islands.
Combine this mellow, IFR weather with the very quiet, Hilo Airport Class D radar approach control, and you have a perfect setup for highly efficient IFR training. Even flying out of Kona, it is a short hop over to the windward side to do multiple approaches with the friendly Hilo controllers watching over your moves. You will no doubt get plenty of “actual” instrument weather flying right on down to near minimums on approach!
Once on the ground, there is even a classic Hawaiian diner within walking distance to the Hilo ramp, Kens House of Pancakes, to grab a delicious lunch during a break in the action!
On the ground, you will also be treated to “flying” our awesome professional flight simulator. Our Precision Flight Controls CR-12 is a high end, full motion flight simulator. It is very realistic and absolutely the way to go for highly efficient instrument training. You first learn the skills and practice them to perfection in the simulator. Then, you will transfer those sharpened skills and put them all together in the real aircraft. You can apply up to 20 hours of simulator training toward the instrument rating requirements, thus saving you several thousand dollars in the process.
Scheduling the Course
We recommend that you give yourself at least 3 weeks to complete your instrument training.
If you are already coming to the course with prior experience, then we may be able to shorten
the course to meet your needs. This is where the simulator will really shine, making your training
much more efficient. Flexibility is the key and we will accommodate you with what ever time you can afford to spend here on our wonderful Island!
Call us and we will assist you with finding accommodations suitable for your personal taste and price range. Affordable hotels are available in the nearby town of Kailua Kona.