FS Academy – IFR: an instrument training course for MSFS

When FS Academy released their ‘Voyager’ Discovery Flights, featuring 7 guided trips across 7 of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, we became instant fans. They are well planned, well documented and an overall great experience for anyone looking for some adventure.

Now, FS Academy is expanding their range of products for MSFS with the release of FS Academy – IFR, a seriously impressive IFR training course created by a real airline captain.

FS Academy – IFR mirrors a real Instrument Rating course, and is an authentic training experience applicable to everything from a Cessna to a 747, covering both analog ‘steam’ gauges and modern glass cockpits. You’ll begin in the conventionally equipped Cessna 152 before moving forwards to the glass cockpit Cessna 172 and multi-engine Diamond DA62.

Use real techniques and Jeppesen charts to fly complex true to life procedures with your instructor guiding you every step of the way through a series of 12 authentic missions covering all you need to know, culminating in taking your virtual Instrument Rating Checkride with your examiner.

The skills you will learn are transferable to practically any aircraft, from a Cessna 152 to a 747 and everything in between.

This package is accompanied by a comprehensive ground school, beginning with the basics of IFR flight before moving through the course and taking your virtual Instrument Rating check ride.

Our takeaway

Once again we were impressed by how well FS Academy put this package together, even with current MSFS limitations that need to be circumvented. The 12 training lessons are well integrated within MSFS (although you will have to find them in the ‘Bush Trips’ section), and are voice-guided all the way through, with every step clearly explained by your instructor in well produced voice-recordings. He will even correct you if the instructions are not being properly followed. The included documentation in itself is already a must-read!

This is an excellent way to get started in training for IFR flights, and something that is dearly missing in MSFS. Miss some of Rod Machado’s training lessons in FSX? This is for you!

FS Academy IFR is now available for $30,74 / 22,69€

Here’s a rundown of all the lessons (with a checkride at the end):

  • IFR 01. BASIC IFR
    Practice your basic handling skills and perfect straight and level flight under IFR before progressing to more complex procedures. ​
  • IFR 02. PARTIAL PANEL
    Know what to do when things go wrong. With a vacuum failure you lose your primary Heading and Attitude instruments. Learn how to perform compass turns and work around your problem so that you’re ready for anything.​
  • IFR 03. VOR/NDB TRACKING – ANALOG
    Get to grips with the fundamentals of IFR flight by discovering how to operate and understand the ADF, OBS, VORs and NDBs with a conventional set of instruments.​
  • IFR 04. VOR/NDB TRACKING – GLASS COCKPIT
    See how Glass Cockpit technology has brought great advances to IFR flight, even in light aircraft. Learn the differences to become prepared for modern avionics.​
  • IFR 05. HOLDING PATTERNS
    Learn and demonstrate the 3 types of Hold Entry and how to account for wind drift once in the holding pattern.​
  • ​IFR 06. VOR APPROACH
    Learn how to perform a manually flown VOR approach by referring to your approach chart and be guided by the instruments alone.​
  • ​IFR 07. NDB APPROACH
    Advance from VOR approaches to the less precise NDB approach, where you must come in to land as the daylight returns with only basic ADF equipment and your approach chart.​​
  • IFR 08. ILS APPROACH
    Most IFR flights terminate with an ILS approach. Learn how to perform this crucial procedure.​​
  • IFR 09. DEPARTURES
    Now you know how to arrive on instruments, it’s time to learn how to depart by following a Standard Instrument Departure (SID)​​.
  • IFR 10. ENROUTE NAVIGATION
    IFR flight is all about getting you where you want to go. Step up to the twin engine DA62 and perform a multi-leg enroute navigation exercise.​​
  • IFR 11. CIRCLING
    Learn how to perform a Circling Approach to a runway not served by an IFR arrival.
  • ​IFR 12. IR CHECKRIDE
    Once you are confident with your skills, take you IR Checkride and fly a full flight profile with your examiner.​​