This is an interactive desktop flight simulator created to help instrument-rated pilots maintain proficiency in the maneuvers outlined in the FAA instrument currency requirements and prepare for the Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC). Unlike any other desktop flight simulator available on the market today, Instrument Refresher — An IPC Simulator is a comprehensive tutorial and training platform for instrument pilots.
Using a photorealistic and aerodynamically-accurate Cessna 172, Instrument Refresher gives pilots 24 lessons divided into four "blocks" of learning: radio navigation, airwork, enroute procedures and instrument approaches. Lessons cover all maneuvers required to maintain instrument currency including instrument approaches, holding, intercepting and tracking using NAVAIDs, as well as unusual attitudes, partial panel, radio communications, and steep turns; a fifth block simulates an actual Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC).
The program has a "virtual CFII" on board who will demonstrate, then prompt the pilot through maneuvers, while explaining errors made along the way. The critique from the instructor provides a consistent method of learning, and evaluates the pilot’s performance against the FAA Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards. To further simulate actual conditions, users will hear the voice of the instructor and those of air traffic controllers, from Clearance Delivery and ATIS, to approach and tower controllers.
This software is ideal for pilots who don’t fly on the gauges as frequently as they’d like to, those who need to relearn some procedures, or those seeking a way to practice instrument recent-flight-experience maneuvers. Instrument Refresher will help pilots build confidence in their instrument skills and get over the refresher hurdle with the guidance of a qualified, knowledgeable instructor in the privacy of their own home. The program also includes a "free flight" mode that allows users to leave the training environment and practice procedures and approaches anywhere in the world, setting weather conditions along the way.
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System Requirements: Pentium-class processor (200 MHz or faster for Win98/ME, 300 MHz or faster for Win2000/XP); Windows 98/ME/2000/XP; DirectX Version 8.1 (included on the IPC CD); 64 MB RAM (Win98/ME), 128 MB (2000/XP); for minimum installation 20 MB available hard drive space, 125 MB for maximum installation; CD-ROM drive; 800x600 SVGA video adapter and monitor; Windows DirectX-compatible sound card and speakers; mouse; joystick or yoke.