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New ACS Instrument Practical Test Checkride Course Launched  

Course is the 2nd ACS offering from King Schools

Mary Schu (DPE) and Martha King (Applicant) shown during the preflight segment . The course depicts a simulated, complete instrument checkride following the ACS from the first handshake to the final signoff. SPOILER ALERT – Martha passes!


September 6, 2016 San Diego, CA – Pilots, Flight Instructors and Examiners will benefit from the new King Schools Instrument Practical Test (Oral Exam & Flight Test).  The course shows a model instrument rating checkride based on the Airmen Certification Standards (ACS).  The new HD course covers every task as outlined by the ACS and includes nearly seven hours of oral and in flight video.  The course retails for $139 with substantial discounts for CFIs.


The course features a simulated ACS checkride with Mary Schu as the examiner, and Martha King as the applicant.  Mary, the 2015 National Flight Instructor of the Year and owner of Mary Schu Aviation, is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). Together they demonstrate a complete checkride from first introductory handshake to the final sign off, with pauses to point out valuable tips along the way.


Martha King explained, “We released the Private ACS course in July and customer reviews on our website have told us they find the course very helpful. This course follows the same principles as the Private ACS course by allowing an instrument rating applicant to view a simulated checkride and learn what to expect, how to answer questions and how to demonstrate their skill. We have found that watching our Practical Test courses makes pilots feel more confident when showing up for their practical tests. ”


Martha adds “The ACS has challenged learning pilots, CFIs and DPEs to adapt how they learn, teach and evaluate.  There has been some resistance to the changes with passions running higher than we usually see in our community.  But most pilots are seeing the value; especially in teaching risk management.  The ACS is the result of a long FAA/industry process.  It is not going away and King Schools will continue to create courses to the most current standards.”

Martha KIng, Mary Schu and John King on set during the shooting of the newly released Private Pilot Practical Test (Oral Exam & Flight Test) course.
Martha KIng, Mary Schu and John King on set during the shooting of the newly released Private Pilot Practical Test (Oral Exam & Flight Test) course.


The course is available either online or on disc for Windows.  The online version includes compatibility with the free King Companion App for iPad and iPhone.  The App allows customers to download lessons to their iPad or iPhone.  Then, they can watch the lessons later, even while offline.  When reconnected, their course progress is automatically synchronized with the KING servers.  This allows them to move seamlessly between devices, browsers and operating systems. The online course also includes free, automatic updates for life.

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