Professional Instrument Courses, Pioneer of the 10-Day Instrument Rating Course, Celebrates Its Twenty-fifth Anniversary

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Professional Instrument Courses, Inc. of Essex, Connecticut, is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary in the year 2005. Founded in 1980, P.I.C. is best known for its personalized 10-day instrument rating course presented at the student's location anywhere in the United States.

Professional Instrument Courses, Inc. of Essex, CT, is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary in the year 2005. Founded in 1980, P.I.C. is best known for its personalized 10-day instrument rating course presented at the student's location anywhere in the United States.

P.I.C. sends a professional instructor with a portable flight simulator to the pilot. The instructor gives ground school and simulator lessons in the pilot's home and accelerated flight training from a local airport. The instructor stays in a local motel, tailoring the eight hour daily schedule to the client's convenience. Thanks to the carefully organized curriculum and experienced professional teachers, most clients receive their instrument rating in only ten days.

With a staff of over 60 full time professional instructors, equipped with simulators, criss-crossing the nation, P.I.C. has trained more than ten thousand private instrument pilots. There are P.I.C. "graduates" in every corner of the country, in all 50 states, several territories and some foreign countries.

When P.I.C. was founded in 1980, most private instrument training occurred on an informal basis over many months. Intensive training was viewed with suspicion. Training was done mostly in the airplane and many pilots did not believe in simulator training. This was despite the fact that professional pilots, military and civilian, were trained on a full time basis, with heavy flight simulator use.

Since then, attitudes about instrument training changed and training methods evolved. Now there is hardly a pilot who does not recognize the value of the simulator and of full-time intensive training. It is widely accepted that this approach saves time and money and improves the efficiency of the instrument training.

Also, more and more pilots recognize the instrument rating as a practical necessity.

More pilots today use their airplanes for necessary transportation. They have lost their willingness to sit out weather delays in airport motel rooms. Consequently, there has been a continuing rise in the number of instrument rated private pilots – Pilots trained to fly under Instrument Flight Rules or IFR weather conditions. As that training "consumer" has become more educated the demand has grown for high quality, efficient, professional level IFR training.

P.I.C. has been able to grow with these trends and to emerge as one of the leaders in its field.

According to Tom Seymour, P.I.C. Vice President, the company has been successful thanks to a strategy of specialization and good service. "Our courses are efficient and professionally conducted, and they are convenient for the client. We go to his or her home base, anywhere in the United States," he says. "We feel a lot of satisfaction at seeing general aviation adopt the attitudes towards instrument training that the professional pilot has had for many years."

All P.I.C.'s accelerated IFR training programs involve instrument or type training at the client's location. The company offers a Refresher course for instrument pilots and insurance company approved Type-Training courses for a wide variety of aircraft, including cabin-class twins.

The Instrument Flight Training Manual, based on the P.I.C. course and published by Aviation Book Company, has become the standard guidebook for new and experienced instrument pilots. The recently released Third Edition is available from the company and also through popular catalogues.

For more information, call John O'Brien at P.I.C's toll-free number 800-435-9437 or visit their web site at http://www.IFlyIFR.com

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