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

A. Advanced GPS and autopilot flying

Now that I'm able to fly departures, arrivals, and approaches by hand, I like to learn to fly complete IFR flights using the GPS and the autopilot too.

MVMC
IMC

Traffic patterns at night, with moderate turbulence. Good practice! Should focus on getting my altitude right from Base to Final. I love to fly at night :-)

B. IFR flight from a towered airport to another using TECs

My first IFR flight from one towered airport to the next. I learn about the use of TEC routes.

MVMC
IMC

Traffic patterns at night, with moderate turbulence. Good practice! Should focus on getting my altitude right from Base to Final. I love to fly at night :-)

C. Conventional IFR flight from a towered airport to another

A normal IFR flight with conventional enroute planning.

MVMC
IMC

Traffic patterns at night, with moderate turbulence. Good practice! Should focus on getting my altitude right from Base to Final. I love to fly at night :-)

D. IFR flight from an untowered airport to another

Here I fly IFR from and to an airport without any tower controllers.

MVMC
IMC

Traffic patterns at night, with moderate turbulence. Good practice! Should focus on getting my altitude right from Base to Final. I love to fly at night :-)

E. IFR flight with VFR-on-top

The sun always shines above the clouds. I request VFR-on-top during cruise to fly VFR until I start my arrival to the airport and need to go back into the soup.

MVMC
IMC

Traffic patterns at night, with moderate turbulence. Good practice! Should focus on getting my altitude right from Base to Final. I love to fly at night :-)

F. IFR flight with block altitudes

While enroute, I request a 'block altitude' to freely pick my own cruising altitude to avert cloud tops or turbulence for a limited time.

MVMC
IMC

Traffic patterns at night, with moderate turbulence. Good practice! Should focus on getting my altitude right from Base to Final. I love to fly at night :-)

G. Picking up and closing IFR enroute

I like to learn how to pick up IFR during any VFR flight, in case I may unexpectedly run into IMC.

MVMC
IMC

Traffic patterns at night, with moderate turbulence. Good practice! Should focus on getting my altitude right from Base to Final. I love to fly at night :-)

H. Lost communication procedures

What should I do when my radios fail in IMC? I like to be ready when Keith jumps aboard and messes me up ;)

MVMC
IMC

Traffic patterns at night, with moderate turbulence. Good practice! Should focus on getting my altitude right from Base to Final. I love to fly at night :-)

I. GPS failure

Same goes for my GPS when flying RNAV departures, arrivals or approaches. I like to learn how to quickly switch gears from GPS to conventional instrument procedure flying when I need to. 

MVMC
IMC

Traffic patterns at night, with moderate turbulence. Good practice! Should focus on getting my altitude right from Base to Final. I love to fly at night :-)