Into The SFRA, IFR

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This trip combines the challenges of the Appalachian Mountain approaches found on the first day of the “ECIE”, with those of flying into the Washington, DC SFRA (Special Flight Rules Area), on the second day. From the weather and terrain challenges created by the Appalachians to the airspace and ATC challenges of the SFRA, this trip has it all!


This course is designed as a refresher course for already rated pilots (although IFR students may certainly take it as well) and serves as an excellent IPC (Instrument Proficiency Check). The total flying time averages fourteen hours and 8 approaches will be flown, both precision and non-precision. Approaches will include ILS, LOC, VOR, and RNAV.  All pilots who book this trip will have to complete the FAA training available at the FAA website.

Pilots that are insured by Avemco Insurance Company will qualify for a 5% discount on their premiums upon completion of this trip.


DAY ONE: On this day we fly across the Catskills and Poconos to Wilkes Barre, PA. After a lunch stop at Hagerstown , MD we head to Roanoke , VA. After a missed approach in Mt. Airy, NC we stop for the night in Hickory , NC . It is not uncommon for the mountains to create turbulence and convective activity, so keep your seat belts tight!

DAY TWO: After stopping in Lynchburg , VA we head to Gaithersburg , MD for a lunch stop. Do it wrong and you’ll get to see an F16 up close and personal. After lunch we’ll fly to Reading, PA and fly a missed approach at Orange, NY before heading home to 1B1. (If it is VFR and you would prefer to fly the New York VFR Corridor, that is an option after Reading.)


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