Instrument flight training missions return, better than ever, with FS Academy - IFR for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

IFR has a new home. Find the tutorials under ACTIVITIES-CUSTOM CONTENT.

IFR is an all-new, study-level package to take your skills to the next level.

 Produced by a real airline captain, IFR gives you the knowledge and skills to fly like the professionals to get you home on those dark and rainy nights.

Mirroring a real Instrument Rating course, IFR is an authentic training experience applicable to everything from a Cessna to a 747, covering both analog 'steam' gauges and modern glass cockpits. You’ll begin in the conventionally equipped Cessna 152 before moving forwards to the glass cockpit Cessna 172 and multi-engine Diamond DA62.

 Use real techniques and Jeppesen charts to fly complex true to life procedures with your instructor guiding you every step of the way through a series of 12 authentic missions covering all you need to know, culminating in taking your virtual Instrument Rating Checkride with your examiner.

​The skills you will learn are transferable to practically any aircraft, from a Cessna 152 to a 747 and everything in between.

​Accompanied by a comprehensive ground school, begin with the basics of IFR flight before moving through the course and taking your virtual Instrument Rating check ride.​

IFR 01. BASIC IFR

Practice your basic handling skills and perfect straight and level flight under IFR before progressing to more complex procedures. ​

IFR 02. PARTIAL PANEL

Know what to do when things go wrong. With a vacuum failure you lose your primary Heading and Attitude instruments. Learn how to perform compass turns and work around your problem so that you're ready for anything.​

​IFR 03. VOR/NDB TRACKING - ANALOG

Get to grips with the fundamentals of IFR flight by discovering how to operate and understand the ADF, OBS, VORs and NDBs with a conventional set of instruments.

​IFR 04. VOR/NDB TRACKING - GLASS COCKPIT

See how Glass Cockpit technology has brought great advances to IFR flight, even in light aircraft. Learn the differences to become prepared for modern avionics.

​IFR 05. HOLDING PATTERNS

Learn and demonstrate the 3 types of Hold Entry and how to account for wind drift once in the holding pattern.

​IFR 06. VOR APPROACH

Learn how to perform a manually flown VOR approach by referring to your approach chart and be guided by the instruments alone.

​IFR 07. NDB APPROACH

Advance from VOR approaches to the less precise NDB approach, where you must come in to land as the daylight returns with only basic ADF equipment and your approach chart.​​

IFR 08. ILS APPROACH

Most IFR flights terminate with an ILS approach. Learn how to perform this crucial procedure.​​

IFR 09. DEPARTURES

Now you know how to arrive on instruments, it's time to learn how to depart by following a Standard Instrument Departure (SID.)​​

IFR 10. ENROUTE NAVIGATION

IFR flight is all about getting you where you want to go. Step up to the twin engine DA62 and perform a multi-leg enroute navigation exercise.​​

IFR 11. CIRCLING

Learn how to perform a Circling Approach to a runway not served by an IFR arrival.

​IFR 12. IR CHECKRIDE

Once you are confident with your skills, take you IR Checkride and fly a full flight profile with your examiner.​​

A crucial skill for any professional pilot, it's time to up your game with FS Academy - IFR.

 
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John
*Verified Product User*
04/19/2021
I have to agree with some other reviews, the instructions come out you way too fast, and you can't go back. Be nice to have a log of the dialog to reference.

And putting training in the dark makes it a bit tough, can we change it to day time? or is this built into the training missions?
Joost
*Verified Product User*
04/17/2021
Very good missions to learn to fly IFR. Very glad with it.
Jonathan
*Verified Product User*
04/02/2021
I am not very happy yet.
I was doing IFR 03 and I followed the instructions to the point where I was basically turning around I reset my yellow arrow and then I followed the flying course past the coast and out into the ocean ad-infinitum and nobody ever talked to me again. I was at the proscribed 2000 feet and had been following all of the instructions. I did this twice in ended up at the same place.
Then I tried IFR 04. I reached the point to follow course and heading 130. I did this and then flew out into the ocean completely away from where I had started. Another dead end.

Considering one cannot pause this simulation, yes not for reasons that you are responsible for, the instructions come extremely quickly sometimes for one who is not versed in this equipment yet.

Not to mention the fact that in both missions normally my pilot instructor would have said something to me to indicate that I am not following the right track or that I have not done the right thing and in this case or in both cases nothing like that has occurred.

In the first two missions, everything worked, including the instructor chastising me when I went astray.

For me, this just does not really work (yet?).
Valentin
*Verified Product User*
01/02/2021
As a beginner I would not recommend this in the current state, I don't know why everyone is giving it 5 stars here.

It does have a lot of useful information but the pace is really fast sometimes, with no subtitles and no way to read back or repeat the instructions,
e.g. "push button one, it's on the left side, then go right turn that knob, go bottom push this and this, after that you should see this frequency, go turn to bearing X, turn the knob on the right to that value and you should be good to go" - and I'm like "Hold tf down, I'm still trying to find the first button!", and by the time I find it, I already forgot the rest of the instructions and have to restart the whole lesson.

Another issue, there are no corrective indications if you misunderstood the instructions and went to Narnia, e.g. I had an instruction to go to 030 and by mistake started flying towards 300, and kept flying for 10-15mins until I started to suspect something is really wrong, with no indication that I was doing something incorrect.
Again, had to restart the whole lesson to fix it. The only corrections I've seen were those regarding the altitude.

The content is good, but the delivery can be greatly improved, it can be a bit frustrating at times.
Michael
*Verified Product User*
12/22/2020
First few lessons great, ils one not so good, enroute nav, cannot understand your outbound radial from the mayfield vor on video and looks like 235 on the written but doesn't work after 3 trys. Will go over them again maybe but I also don't like the no pause in the lessons and you state should tune nav stations but hey are already tuned. ???? Also, no rnav approach lesson.
vor/ndb kind of confusing first and second try.
I will recommend these lessons with the caveat "you probably will have to do them several times to understand them even with the videos and the written.
might be better if manual was written better and maybe at the end suggest some flights/airports etc to practice what one learns.
I am a very rusty ifr pilot from th e60's and wanted to brush up and I think this would work for that if I did the lessons a great many times. A lot of my difficult could be me, too bad I like msfs 2020 so much.
Sorry, wanted to give a better review.
Michael
*Verified Product User*
12/07/2020
So far I am getting a lot out of it. I am instrument rated from the 80's, The first few lessons are definitely reminiscent of the training I received.
Excellent training thru lesson 4, more later.
Only problem I had was with the 152 and vac. pump failure, the glare made the magnetic compass un readable.
Also, at first had to change some settings to hear the narration.
JEREMY
*Verified Product User*
12/03/2020
This is an exceptional product that will teach you both theory and practice of IFR flight. It is accompanied with high quality flying lessons with accompanying voice-over and the manual is great at breaking down the theory part. I HIGHLY recommend anyone interested in aviation to get this and work through the course after completing MSFS' basic training tutorials. This is an extension of it. The developer is excellent, responsive, and committed. I can't say anything negative about FS Academy - keep up the great work!
Jonathan
*Verified Product User*
11/15/2020
Just completed the first three missions and it really is informative and engaging. Only complaint is that there is no way with the 152 to open up a map and locate these VORs and NDBs. I can see beginners getting caught up here. Looking forward to completing the rest soon in the glass cockpits.
Peter
*Verified Product User*
11/10/2020
The first flightsim 'course' I've really enjoyed and completed. I knew the basics, but the course filled in all the gaps and I now have a much better understanding of how to fully read charts and use the instruments. For the cost of an airport, this is a better investment!
Richard
*Verified Product User*
11/10/2020
About to start my IMC rating. This is really helpful as is the accompanying booklet...a mini groundschool. Thanks.
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Customer Reviews
FS ACADEMY - IFR MSFS
John
I have to agree with some other reviews, the instructions come out you way too fast, and you can't go back. Be nice to have a log of the dialog to reference. And putting training in the dark makes it a bit tough, can we change it to day time? or is this built into the training missions?
FS ACADEMY - IFR MSFS
Joost
Very good missions to learn to fly IFR. Very glad with it.
FS ACADEMY - IFR MSFS
Jonathan
I am not very happy yet. I was doing IFR 03 and I followed the instructions to the point where I was basically turning around I reset my yellow arrow and then I followed the flying course past the coast and out into the ocean ad-infinitum and nobody ever talked to me again. I was at the proscribed 2000 feet and had been following all of the instructions. I did this twice in ended up at the same place. Then I tried IFR 04. I reached the point to follow course and heading 130. I did this and then flew out into the ocean completely away from where I had started. Another dead end. Conside-
ring one cannot pause this simulation, yes not for reasons that you are responsible for, the instructions come extremely quickly sometimes for one who is not versed in this equipment yet. Not to mention the fact that in both missions normally my pilot instructor would have said something to me to indicate that I am not following the right track or that I have not done the right thing and in this case or in both cases nothing like that has occurred. In the first two missions, everything worked, including the instructor chastising me when I went astray. For me, this just does not really work (yet?).
FS ACADEMY - IFR MSFS
Valentin
As a beginner I would not recommend this in the current state, I don't know why everyone is giving it 5 stars here. It does have a lot of useful information but the pace is really fast sometimes, with no subtitles and no way to read back or repeat the instructions, e.g. "push button one, it's on the left side, then go right turn that knob, go bottom push this and this, after that you should see this frequency, go turn to bearing X, turn the knob on the right to that value and you should be good to go" - and I'm like "Hold tf down, I'm still trying to find the first button!", and by the time I find it, I already forgot the rest of the instructions and have to restart the whole lesson. Anot-
her issue, there are no corrective indications if you misunderstood the instructions and went to Narnia, e.g. I had an instruction to go to 030 and by mistake started flying towards 300, and kept flying for 10-15mins until I started to suspect something is really wrong, with no indication that I was doing something incorrect. Again, had to restart the whole lesson to fix it. The only corrections I've seen were those regarding the altitude. Th-
e content is good, but the delivery can be greatly improved, it can be a bit frustrating at times.
FS ACADEMY - IFR MSFS
Michael
First few lessons great, ils one not so good, enroute nav, cannot understand your outbound radial from the mayfield vor on video and looks like 235 on the written but doesn't work after 3 trys. Will go over them again maybe but I also don't like the no pause in the lessons and you state should tune nav stations but hey are already tuned. ???? Also, no rnav approach lesson. vor/ndb kind of confusing first and second try. I will recommend these lessons with the caveat "you probably will have to do them several times to understand them even with the videos and the written. might be better if manual was written better and maybe at the end suggest some flights/airport-
s etc to practice what one learns. I am a very rusty ifr pilot from th e60's and wanted to brush up and I think this would work for that if I did the lessons a great many times. A lot of my difficult could be me, too bad I like msfs 2020 so much. Sorry, wanted to give a better review.
FS ACADEMY - IFR MSFS
Michael
So far I am getting a lot out of it. I am instrument rated from the 80's, The first few lessons are definitely reminiscent of the training I received. Excellent training thru lesson 4, more later. Only problem I had was with the 152 and vac. pump failure, the glare made the magnetic compass un readable. Also, at first had to change some settings to hear the narration.
FS ACADEMY - IFR MSFS
JEREMY
This is an exceptional product that will teach you both theory and practice of IFR flight. It is accompanied with high quality flying lessons with accompanying voice-over and the manual is great at breaking down the theory part. I HIGHLY recommend anyone interested in aviation to get this and work through the course after completing MSFS' basic training tutorials. This is an extension of it. The developer is excellent, responsive, and committed. I can't say anything negative about FS Academy - keep up the great work!
FS ACADEMY - IFR MSFS
Jonathan
Just completed the first three missions and it really is informative and engaging. Only complaint is that there is no way with the 152 to open up a map and locate these VORs and NDBs. I can see beginners getting caught up here. Looking forward to completing the rest soon in the glass cockpits.
FS ACADEMY - IFR MSFS
Peter
The first flightsim 'course' I've really enjoyed and completed. I knew the basics, but the course filled in all the gaps and I now have a much better understanding of how to fully read charts and use the instruments. For the cost of an airport, this is a better investment!
FS ACADEMY - IFR MSFS
Richard
About to start my IMC rating. This is really helpful as is the accompanying booklet...a mini groundschool. Thanks.
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