Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 I-ratings

A. Constant rate turns, climbs, and descends

First things, first. I start with learning to fly on instruments, because I like to hand-fly in IMC as much as possible. Also, I like to be safe when my autopilot and GPS break down.

MVMC

Nice introductory flight at Oceano. Pretty good first try!

IMC

Surprisingly good handle on my plane. The trick: The attitude indicator is your best friend when in IMC. Much fun!

B. Constant rate turns, climbs, and descends with partial instruments

Instrument flying becomes quite challenging when some instruments fail during flight. I like to be prepared when that happens.

MVMC

So interesting to fly partial instruments! In addition, I suffer from an unexpected engine-out ...

IMC

Finally, partial instruments in IMC. Learned that the attitude indicator is your best friend when in the soup. Much fun!

C. Recovery from unusual attitudes/stalls with partial instruments

Chances are that with partial instruments, I might unintentionally find myself in unusual attitudes and perhaps stall, while in IMC. I need to be able to recover from such situations.

MVMC

This went much better than I expected. Practiced in IMC right away. Learned how the airspeed indicator is actually more stable and reliable for pitch changes than the vertical speed indicator.

IMC

This time MrsUncertified herself set me up for unusual attitudes. Actually, she liked to try herself too. Enjoy! ;-)

D. Instrument failure identification

Lastly, I need to learn how to recognize unexpected instrument failure during flight, opposed to just pre-setting the failures, and to manage a safe return to the nearest airport. 

IMC

First time MrsUncertified set me up for unexpected failures. Not full IMC, though, but close enough. Very interesting. Lesson: Do not skip troubleshooting failed instruments!