There are several instrument rating courses that promise to help you get your instrument rating. Some help more than others, but in my experience, the course that helps the most and is widely considered to be the best instrument rating course is Rod Machado’s Instrument Pilot eGround School.

There are several reasons why I recommend and think more highly of this course than others.

But, in short, while obtaining the necessary knowledge for exam prep is of course important and is likely your immediate goal, gaining the practical knowledge you’ll need to handle the challenges of instrument flight safely is arguably much more so.

Rod’s material does this better than anyone else.

Why Rod Machado’s Instrument Pilot eGround School is the Best Course

Suitable for Different Learning Styles

Some people learn best by watching videos, some by listening, and others by reading. Usually, though, it’s the combination of all three that make for the best learning experience where the material actually sticks.

I know that this is certainly the case with me.

With the Ultimate Digital IFR Collection, you get the following study materials:

Note that you can also buy these study materials separately.

Engaging Presentation of Content

It’s one thing to lay out all the subject matter you need to know, but it’s a very different thing to lay out this content in a way that doesn’t come across as dry or boring.

We all know that the hours spent outside the cockpit studying in no way compare to the joy spent inside the cockpit flying. Studying is hardly the most exciting part of being a pilot.

Fortunately, the way in which Rod is able to simplify difficult concepts in an engaging manner, with images and diagrams found on almost every page in the eBooks, and animation widely used in the videos, makes the material much more engaging and easier to understand.

Recommended by Certified Flight Instructors

Whether it’s to pass your instrument rating, to get your private pilot license, or you just need a refresher, many Certified Flight Instructors, including me, recommend Rod’s study materials as the main and only source of learning.

Preview the Course

If you’re still undecided, take a look at the following previews to see if how the material is presented resonates with you.

Sample of the Instrument Pilot’s Handbook

Sample of the IFR Survival Manual

Sample of the Secrets of Instrument Approaches and Departures:


Helen Krasner holds a PPL(A), with 15 years experience flying fixed-wing aircraft; a PPL(H), with 13 years experience flying helicopters; and a CPL(H), Helicopter Instructor Rating, with 12 years working as a helicopter instructor.

Helen is an accomplished aviation writer with 12 years of experience, having authored several books and published numerous articles while also serving as the Editor of the BWPA (British Women Pilots Association) newsletter, with her excellent work having been recognized with her nomination of the “Aviation Journalist of the Year” award.

Helen has won the “Dawn to Dusk” International Flying Competition, along with the best all-female competitors, three times with her copilot.