Avinca currently is offering a remote Internet-based IFR groundschool and remote tutoring. We are developing PPL and CPL groundschools.

The Full IFR groundschool

The remotely-taught IFR Groundschool provides students with the necessary information to be safe IFR pilots with an understanding of the entire IFR system. It focuses on modern IFR technology (e.g., GPS rather than NDBs) and covers some of the less well understood aspects of IFR flying, including flight in uncontrolled airspace and the differences between flying IFR in Canada and the USA. The course is not an examination cramming session but, at the end of the course, students have all of the information necessary to pass the Transport Canada INRAT examination.


Before starting this course, the student needs to be at PPL standard in the following areas:

Required Resources

Students are provided with a 90 page IFR workbook prepared by the instructors on this course which is included in the cost of the course. In addition, students must have the following available for the first lesson:

The LO chart, CFS, plates and CAP General Pages can be obtained from any Canadian pilot supply shop.

To take part in the remote training, students need the equipment listed on this page.

Course Contents

The course consists of eighteen 90 minutes lessons structured as follows. Homework exercises are provided after each lesson and, to get the full benefit from the course, students are encouraged to complete these. Avinca provides students access to a discussion site on the internet where homework questions can be discussed with other students and with the instructors.

Topic Duration (hours) Contents
Introduction to IFR Concepts
Introduction to IFR Flight 1.5 Basic vocabulary and concepts
A complete flight 1.5 A simulated flight to provide the "big picture"
Aviation Background
Meteorology for IFR Flight 4.5 The physics of moisture, pressure and temperature. Icing, upper air charts, convective conditions, interpretation of weather radar
Human Factors 1.5 Emphasis on pilot decision making and illusions met in IFR flight
Navigation Instruments 3.0 Particular emphasis on GPS and other radio navigation
Segments of the IFR Flight
Flight Planning 3.0 LO charts, preferred routes, selection of alternate aerodromes
Departure 1.5 Standard instrument departures, climb gradients, departure clearances, departure from uncontrolled aerodromes
En Route 3 Takeoff bans, route intersection, airways, position reporting, PIREPs, VFR OTT, holds, IFR in uncontrolled airspace
Arrival 1.5 Standard instrument arrivals (RNAV and conventional), approach bans, arrival at an uncontrolled aerodrome
Approaches 4.5 Interpretation of approach plates, classification of approaches (precision, nonprecision, LPV, contact, visual)
Sample Flight 1.5 Putting it all together: during this lesson the "flight" taken during the second lesson is flown again to re´nforce what has been learned

Can I see a Sample Lesson?

You can visit our course site http://avinca.ca/moodle/ to see the presentation material for a sample lesson.

If you are interested in any one of our courses, please contact us at queries@avinca.ca.