"Best" IFR Home Study Course?

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  1. bflynn

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    So I see by the leftover Halloween candy and the rush to turn into Christmas that in fact, Christmas is right around the corner. And what ever VFR pilot wants this year from Santa is either a very naughty elf OR an IFR home study kit. Since I don't believe in elves and frankly I'm reaching the age where the home study course is actually more interesting(!!!), it leads to me ask all the learned minds here - and the rest can offer opinions too - which IFR Home Study Course is the best.

    If it helps, for me this would be both a home study and a take-on-the-road during work study. heavy books are bad. Light electrons are good. Being able to watch during long trans-continental flights without wifi would be excellent
     
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    I used the Kings online software. It wasn't the most entertaining but got the job done. Truth be told the FAA test is much harder than any of the study guides. You can no longer rely on memorizing answers, you really have to know the content inside and out.
     
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    I used Sporty's for general education, which is pretty good. I used Shepair for the written prep, which was excellent. Got me a solid 95 on the exam.
     
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    Similar for me. Kings for the genearal, SheppardAir for the written.
     
  5. asicer

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    Not only that, but there are questions that might not be covered by Kings. You will actually have to read and learn the AIM, IFH, IPH, FARs, etc to answer them.
     
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    With SheppardAir, the questions I got were very familiar. I think I hit maybe 2 or 3 that I didn't recognize. There was even one of those questions that are flat out wrong, and you have to answer them wrong on the test to get scored correct. Wouldn't have known that without their study software.

    YMMV.
     
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    Have these courses, ie; Kings and SheppardAir been updated to reflect recent changes in the test..
     
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    When I was studying for the IFR exam, SheppardAir was constantly being updated with new info. The changelogs often reflected what questions were being updated.

    After I took the test, I emailed them about three of the questions I remember being different than what was presented. Within 24 hours I got a thank you, a full refund, and a note they would confirm my new information and have it reflected in the question database.

    And I don't think anyone's lack of participation on the forum to be a decision factor on using their service or product. What counts to me is the ability to serve the customer. And I found SheppardAir able to do that in multitudes of spades.
     
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    Read the actual material? Do people actually do that anymore?? ;)
     
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    I'm actually using this one now and was one of the "beta testers" a while back. What I like about this one is once you get a quiz answer correct twice, it removes the question from your "pool" of total questions - leaving you with only the ones you haven't answered correctly (twice) yet. Then it has a "Leaderboard" where the top ten people compete for the number of questions that they've removed from their pool. It may sound trivial, but my competitive spirit has me working to move up the list and take the next spot. I hit it pretty hard the last couple of days and currently I'm sitting fourth on the leaderboard...not that I'm paying much attention. :)

    If I remember correctly Bryan was also competing with someone on the leaderboard, which he said pushed him a little harder too.

    I've used the Sheppard product too and liked it, but my only caveat with that one is that it's software that is downloaded on your device. I much prefer a web-based tool that I can use from any browser. I've met Jason and I get the impression that they try very hard to keep that tool updated and, as someone else stated, their customer service was always top notch...
     
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    King is fine. I did the King course and took my IFR written in July and got a 93.
     
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    I don't have anything to contribute, but Gold Method has a promo code: POA50

    Brings it down to roughly the cost of Shep
     
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    Frankly they’re all good. Pick whatever one suits your tastes. King has the cheesy hosts we all know and love, Gleim is completely dry and no frills, Jeppesen is a ridiculously large heavy reference tome on tons of topics, the online/Mobile device ones are good for written test cramming (not so good for actually understanding the material though), etc.

    Some folk who have long commutes like the audio book formats a couple of them offer. Those are often available on CD which can be ripped into a more convenient format to put on a device or plug into the car USB port.

    Visual learners often like the video formats. Harder to use while driving. LOL.

    Once in a great while you’ll run into an instructor who wants to use a particular thing. Not too often. Instructors are usually pretty flexible on materials from any of the usual sources unless they have a school mandate or something like a 141 syllabus that calls for specific things.
     
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    What I'm hearing is King is great for the actual general understanding of IFR. Dry and no frills would bore me and a ridiculously large heavy reference tome would not be a boon on flights from NC to CA. I'm leaning toward a DVD / Text format and yes, I'm one of the ones who actually reads things. I have the Instrument Flying Handbook at the top of my reading pile right now.

    But then to do well on the test, which bears little relation to the reality of actual flying, you need to engage with a test prep system such as Gold Method or Shep.

    I will drop some very strong hints to my little elf about King...
     
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    If you really want to learn the material then King is a good way to go. I actually went through part of the Sheppard Air material and while it is great for passing the exam it isn’t as great for truly understanding the material like King. Just my opinion.
     
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    Highly recommend Instrument Flight Training Manual by Peter Dogan. I think the 3rd Edition is current but you might check on that.
     
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    I think a lot of it depends on how you learn too. I am very visual and prefer to watch videos and then be quizzed. I read the Instrument Flying Handbook and Instrument Procedures Handbook, but to be honest I am a bit of a slow reader and my reading comprehension is a little slower (I promise I am not stoopid :confused:). I just don't learn as quickly from reading (although I still read quite frequently when I am trying to learn different subjects).

    I can tell you my written score would not have been nearly as good if I had just relied upon the FAA handbooks. However, somebody who learns quickly and efficiently through reading could do just fine with the handbooks.
     
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    I used Kings program for my pilot but Sporty’s for the IFR primarily because of price. For whatever reason the Sporty’s course never clicked for me. In the end I just kept taking their online tests until I was sure I’d pass. I did so I did get my money’s worth but would try Kings again of I needed to take additional training.

    Everyone is different and Sportys courses are praised by others. It just didn’t work for me.

    Gary
     
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    It's good to know that King has such good content, but I don't think I can take John and Martha.
     
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    Both @SixPapaCharlie and @Cajun_Flyer did GoldMethod, and that motivated me to do it as well.
     
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