Instrument Ground School

San Carlos Airport (SQL)

Offered in person starting Monday, October 2, 2023.

and offered online at

This course covers all the aeronautical knowledge included in the FAA knowledge test (known as the "written test") for the airplane instrument rating.

The course fee includes attendance, all course materials, final examination, and certificate of completion. The final examination simulates the content and format of the actual computer-administered FAA test.

Pilots completing the course receive a graduation certificate and instrument instructor endorsement qualifying them to take the FAA instrument rating knowledge test.


Registration required.

Course fee: $400

Register at

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The course is offered online as a sequence of twelve in-person or video lecture modules, accompanied by course notes and module quizzes. The student can proceed at his or her own pace. At the completion of the course, the student will have a complete set of lecture notes.

Upon completion, the student may take the final exam, which passing score will receive an instructor endorsement to take the FAA knowledge test for instrument rating.

Course Notes


Brian Eliot, CFI


San Carlos Flight Center
San Carlos Airport
795 Skyway Rd.
Suite A
San Carlos, CA 94070

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San Carlos Flight Center