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Online Ground School: Instrument Rating


The Gleim Online Ground School – Instrument Pilot uses our sophisticated Knowledge Transfer Systems to ensure that you master all of the information you will need to be a competent, safe pilot and to pass your knowledge test with confidence.

Additional information
Course Contents
Technical Specifications
Gleim Guarantee
Access Length

12 Months


Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim




The Gleim Online Ground School – Instrument Rating is a self-directed study course designed to prepare you to pass the FAA knowledge tests. You can use this course to study at your own pace. The course uses our sophisticated Knowledge Transfer Systems to ensure that you master all of the information you will need to be a competent, safe pilot and to pass your knowledge test with confidence.

The Online Ground School contents are aligned with the Gleim Instrument Rating Knowledge Test Book.

Redesigned for Superior Knowledge Transfer

Our popular Online Ground School has been redesigned with a plethora of improvements to help you learn faster and retain more information. The aeronautical knowledge you’ll gain is crucial for passing your knowledge and practical tests and will help you become a safe, competent pilot. What you learn here will be a firm foundation that you can use for your entire aviation career.

The new Gleim Online Ground School course features a brand new interface that makes it easier than ever to navigate among different course elements such as study guides, quizzes, and additional resources. We have created all new study guides and added hundreds of new illustrations, diagrams, and instructional videos to help you learn and retain aviation concepts. This design ensures you have a variety of study materials to help you focus and keep your learning fun and interesting. We’ve also included a library of FAA study resources for additional reference beyond the required material.

Read more about the new course enhancements here.

About the Course

  • Average Length of Course: 35 Hours
  • Mixed media presentation format including
    • High definition bite-sized video segments
    • Detailed graphics
    • Comprehensive study guides
  • Emulate the actual exam at the major testing centers
  • Receive the sign-off endorsement to test – no instructor needed!
  • Receive WINGS credit

Available for these ratings and certificates:

  • Instrument Rating-Airplane (IRA)
  • Instrument Ground Instructor (IGI)
  • Flight Instructor-Instrument-Airplane-Added Rating (AIF)
  • Flight Instructor-Instrument-Airplane (FII)
  • Instrument Rating-Foreign Pilot (IFP)

12-months Access

Access to the Online Ground School Course will expire 12 months from the date of purchase. If you have not completed the course and you need access after the expiration date, you may purchase a 12 month extension at half the current purchase price. You will have 30 days to purchase an extension.

Always Up-to-Date

We regularly communicate with the FAA and continuously monitor its website for changes to the FAA’s knowledge tests. While the FAA no longer releases the complete database of knowledge test questions, sample questions are released on a quarterly basis and incorporated into our material as appropriate.

Whenever changes are made, they will be automatically incorporated into the course with no input or additional work needed on your end. Thus, you can be confident that this course contains everything you will need to pass your knowledge test with ease.

Course Contents

  1. Airplane Instruments
  2. Attitude Instrument Flying and Aerodynamics
  3. Navigation Systems
  4. Federal Aviation Regulations
  5. Airports, Air Traffic Control, and Airspace
  6. Holding and Instrument Approaches
  7. Aeromedical Factors
  8. Aviation Weather
  9. Aviation Weather Services
  10. IFR En Route
  11. IFR Flights

Technical Specifications

Make sure that your computer meets all the System Requirements: Minimum System Requirements for online courses.

Test Prep Online is compatible on all operating systems and mobile devices or tablets with an Internet connection.

Gleim Guarantee

Gleim offers you the best training materials available. When you complete the Online Ground School course satisfactorily, we guarantee that you will pass your FAA knowledge test when you complete it within 30 days after graduation. We are so confident that you will pass, that we will refund your purchase price if you do not pass on your first attempt.

This policy applies only to purchases made directly from Gleim Publications, Inc.

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