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Losing Attitude: There's really no excuse today for not having backup attitude instrumentation when flying hard IFR. Burnside, Joseph E. (Jeb) May 1, 2019 1173
Three IFR Curveballs: If it's fair game on your instrument check ride, it's fair game for an ATC clearance. Are you ready? Turner, Thomas P. May 1, 2019 2653
Night Moves. Brief article Apr 1, 2019 207
Procedure Briefings: Every published instrument procedure has some common elements you need to learn about. It's best to know them before you need them. Burnside, Joseph E. "Jeb" Mar 1, 2019 966
Trim Failures: The more automated your airplane, the more likely you'll experience a trim failure. Know the system well, fly the airplane and throw the correct switches. Burnside, Joseph E. Feb 1, 2019 1821
Losing Orientation: Getting at the real-world causes of spatial disorientation. Hart, Mike Feb 1, 2019 2309
New FAA Reg Review: Sims Even More Useful: New FARs allow expanded use of Aviation Training Devices to meet IFR recency of experience requirements. This can be a big cost savings. Durden, Rick Jan 1, 2019 614
EFB Dependence: What the typical electronic flight bag platform lacks in reliability is made up in utility. But this stuff does fail and can leave you without some important tools. Burnside, Joseph E. Essay Jan 1, 2019 1590
No Checklist For This: Some equipment failures, especially when IFR, don't really have an associated checklist or procedure. Flying with a partial panel is one of them. Turner, Thomas Essay Jan 1, 2019 1968
Flying A 150-Knot Ice Cube. Dec 1, 2018 333
BUYING LOGIC IN AN ILLOGICAL WORLD. Bertorelli, Paul Brief article Dec 1, 2018 330
YEAH, BUT I ALWAYS GO IFR. Brief article Oct 1, 2018 213
Trying To Reason Wildfire Season: Safely navigating some parts of the U.S. in the summer means staying on top of the TFRs associated with firefighting aircraft. Hart, Mike Oct 1, 2018 1932
NARRATIVE. Brief article Oct 1, 2018 252
When To Go Visual: Combining the best features of VFR and IFR isn't without its drawbacks and limitations. Turner, Thomas P. Oct 1, 2018 1659
VFR MINIMUMS FOR IFR PILOTS. Brief article Oct 1, 2018 220
CANCELING IFR. Brief article Oct 1, 2018 241
Smarter Than Direct: You rarely get a direct routing to your destination in busy airspace, so you can either anticipate what ATC will throw at you or push buttons all the way. Turner, Thomas P. Aug 1, 2018 2217
Approach Gates: Approaches are a lot easier if you think of the various fixes on the way to the runway as points at which to manage speed, configuration and descent rate. Turner, Thomas P. Jul 1, 2018 2244
Water, Water Everywhere. Jul 1, 2018 517
Switchology. Column Apr 1, 2018 494
INSTRUMENT TRAINING IN IMC? YES! Durden, Rick Viewpoint essay Feb 1, 2018 628
Approach Vectors Checklist: While the controller is doing (some of) the navigating for you is a good time to set up for the approach. Turner, Thomas P. Oct 1, 2017 1813
When you're in over your head. Brief article Sep 1, 2017 157
What makes a good IFR platform? Sep 1, 2017 343
Addicted to gadgets? After years of flying with moving maps and EFBs, I'd gotten addicted to them, and had trouble flying a holding pattern and interpreting steam-gauge needles. Hart, Mike Jun 1, 2017 1152
Flying around ice: your electronic flight bag likely has some great tools you can use to find icing, estimate its likelihood and avoid it. Mar 1, 2017 1430
Not as good as I thought. Essay Feb 1, 2017 457
Not at night: thanks to a probable new obstruction and depending on the time of day, you may not be able to fly the approach to your destination. Nov 1, 2016 1233
Jeppesen introduces improved IFR charts to increase situational awareness. Brief article Oct 24, 2016 183
When the juice drys up: a tale of three different electrical failures, all with favorable outcomes and their own lessons. Hart, Mike Oct 1, 2016 1959
IFR in the mountains: doing it right means reviewing departure procedures and VFR charts is part of your preflight planning. You re gonna need a bigger EFB. Hart, Mike Jun 1, 2016 1792
To file, or not to file: it's a CAVU day all along your route. So why are you in the penalty box waiting on your IFR release? Burnside, Joseph E. May 1, 2016 1406
Pitch trim principles: once we relieve any control pressures, the airplane is trimmed for that airspeed, which has implications for takeoff cruise and--especially--go-arounds. Turner, Thomas P. Apr 1, 2016 2429
RNAV approach types: what you can fly depends on how you're equipped, but ILS-like minimums based on GPS are common. Apr 1, 2016 995
Fuel enough. Essay Apr 1, 2016 361
Glideslope gouges: the "rule of three" memory aid can help us plan an ILS or LPV approach, monitor its progress and keep us out of the weeds, all at the same time. Mar 1, 2016 1017
Two is better than one? To minimize risk, there can be only one pilot flying the aircraft. Everything else is a supporting role, and communication is key. Burnside, Joseph E. Feb 1, 2016 1451
Which IFR emergencies should we practice? All of them, of course, as part of an organized proficiency-oriented training regimen, with appropriate backup systems to minimize the drama. Durden, Rick Jan 1, 2016 1976
Your altimeter is lying: It's affected by air temperature and pressure, just like the airspeed indicator. Burnside, Joseph E. Nov 1, 2015 1783
Logging approaches: recent FAA guidance clarifies when you can log an approach in IMC for practical tests and proficiency. Nov 1, 2015 925
A classic case: a VFR-only pilot stumbles into instrument conditions. You shouldn't be surprised what happens next. Burnside, Joseph "(JEB)" E. Oct 1, 2015 1239
Smoke gets in your sky: if you're looking for limited visibility and unlimited updrafts, we have a deal for you. Hart, Mike Sep 1, 2015 2199
Killer factors on instrument takeoffs. Aug 1, 2015 832
No charts? No problem... Brief article Jul 1, 2015 229
Finding alternates with an EFB app--is this really so hard? Jun 1, 2015 393
Departure alternates. Brief article Jun 1, 2015 276
Filing an alternate is required...unless... Brief article Jun 1, 2015 223
Do CFII's have a moral obligation to perpare their student's? Brief article May 1, 2015 130
When to start? Brief article May 1, 2015 127
The "oh, wow" factor. Brief article May 1, 2015 167
Flying the flare. Brief article May 1, 2015 284
Preventing spatial disorientation. Brief article May 1, 2015 112
Open-door policy. Sullivan, J. May 1, 2015 434
Open source? Burnside, Jeb Editorial Mar 1, 2015 440
Bandwidth: the first few minutes of a flight can be a busy time, and a falling oil pressure gauge can be easy to miss. Burnside, Joseph E. "Jeb" Case study Mar 1, 2015 1276
Gadget Flight Rules 2.0: gadgets like iPads and associated software always enhance safety in the cockpit, except when they don't. Hart, Mike Feb 1, 2015 3817
Common holding errors: some common mistakes and misconceptions made by IFR students. Brief article Dec 1, 2014 314
Holding checklist. Brief article Dec 1, 2014 247
Icing's effects. Brief article Dec 1, 2014 172
IFR departure. Brief article Oct 1, 2014 146
Keeping me in suspense: by design, an IFR-certified GPS won't navigate you to a missed approach point without intervention. here's why, and how to fly the miss. Turner, Thomas P. Sep 1, 2014 2442
Should shops take on a training role? Anglisano, Larry Column Aug 1, 2014 577
Buttonology: to cope with panels that are smarter than you, learn the system's flow and which buttons to push, then confirm with a checklist. Laboda, Amy May 1, 2014 2872
Fine print: It your job to determine if it legal to fly an approach procedure, not ATC's. Find the answers you need in the notes on the appropriate chart. Turner, Tom May 1, 2014 2176
AoA for the masses? Burnside, Jeb Editorial Mar 1, 2014 420
Hitting reset. Thomas, Adam Dec 1, 2013 446
Stall recovery: ailerons or rudder? One likely will get you into a spin while the other will level the wings. Hint: Use your feet. Turner, Thomas P. Nov 1, 2013 2633
Which approach? The procedure with the lowest MDA or DH may not be your best choice. Think about your equipment, weather, circling, the miss and nearby terrain. Burnside, Joseph E. (JEB) Nov 1, 2013 1935
Above the Bravo. Stevens, Keith Oct 1, 2013 440
Prepping for your IPC: getting back in the IFR saddle could be as simple as shooting a few approaches. At the other extreme, you could be asked to repeat your instrument-rating ride. Burnside, Joseph E. "Jeb" Jul 1, 2013 1781
From TOD, to MAP and beyond: getting to your destination is a major part of the battle, but you still have to descend and shoot an approach. Use these tips to manage the workload. Turner, Thomas P. May 1, 2013 2553
One trip, two surprises. Sapelak, Tom Brief article May 1, 2013 317
No electrics? No problem! It's legal, but is it safe? Yes, with a little planning and a healthy understanding of airspace limitations. Hart, Mike Mar 1, 2013 2467
Fine tune your ILS: the weather gods may mock your attempt to center the needles, but there are some tricks to anticipate and react to the worst they can throw at you. Bowlin, Frank Feb 1, 2013 1190
Wind on the glideslope. BOWLIN, FRANK Feb 1, 2013 471
On the visual: the world's most common IFR approach requires nothing but two eyes and common sense. Kramer, Tarrance Feb 1, 2013 1763
Train the system: learning to operate a Cessna 172 is easy. Safely operating it in the system is the difficult part. Are we training our pilots with the right emphasis? Bowlin, Frank Dec 1, 2012 1389
Oops, but not busted: deviations happen, even to the best pilots. Some also may come with a heart stopping "call this number on the ground." Knowing how to handle the call can improve your odds of keeping it from becoming a violation. Pestal, Mark Dec 1, 2012 1773
The quiz. Dec 1, 2012 1055
Radial SIDs with GPS: departures are usually simpler to fly than arrivals and approaches. Just make sure you walk through the fine points and know how to use your navigator to fly it. Van West, Jeff Dec 1, 2012 966
The Inop table. Brief article Nov 1, 2012 228
Whither the marker beacon? Brief article Nov 1, 2012 206
Sunny side south: instrument flying is usually best done by normalizing as many actions as you can. That's great until something goes screwy--or maybe that's the time to normalize even more. Oct 1, 2012 1200
Seven IFR prep tips: proper planning begins a couple of days before the flight and doesn't stop until you're parked at your destination. Higdon, Dave Sep 1, 2012 2604
Where's it say that? Wisenhunt, Keith Sep 1, 2012 506
Maximizing datalink: there's plenty more to using datalink weather than, "Don't fly through the red stuff." By layering information, you can build a more complete picture. Van West, Jeff Aug 1, 2012 2714
Direct to a fix with/U: it's a tough IFR world for /U aircraft out there. ATC issues direct clearances assuming the pilot has an IFR-legal GPS. But there are a few tricks even without approved RNAV. Aug 1, 2012 1235
The quiz. Aug 1, 2012 578
Procedure turn, or not? With vectors to final the norm these days and not the exception, it's rare to perform the procedure turn. Yet, ATC may still expect it. When in doubt, ask. Burnside, Joseph E. "Jeb" Jul 1, 2012 1623
Troublesome t and a: you've got to mind the details when it comes to takeoff and alternate notes. But it doesn't help when the details themselves don't make logical sense. Van West, Jeff Jun 1, 2012 812
European IFR changes: new European regs may dramatically increase the number of private instrument pilots, but will force FAA license holders resident in Europe to be dual-qualified. Thorpe, Jim Column Jun 1, 2012 2607
Beyond the MEA: getting as low as possible while remaining IFR can mean a non-stop, light or getting in on a visual. Asking ATC often is the key. Burnside, Joseph E. Jun 1, 2012 1916
The limits of datalink zap. Apr 1, 2012 347
The right time to descend: far 91.175 lays out exactly when you can descend below MDA and land--or does it? One pilot's skip of a stepdown inside the FAF while VMC sparked a regs controversy. Mar 1, 2012 1947
IFR emergencies: system failures under IFR must be handled differently than when the weather's good. Above all, remember to fly the airplane first, then deal with the problem. Burnside, Joseph E. (Jeb) Jan 1, 2012 2019
Three out of four. Gillis, Corky Jan 1, 2012 447
Obstacles on the visual: the most common approach at the end of an IFR flight pulls the plug on automatic obstacle clearance. You might be surprised how little stands between you and eternity. Van West, Jeff Dec 1, 2011 1785
What about temporary obstacles? Brief article Dec 1, 2011 344
You are the judge: like in a courtroom, making judgment calls is a matter of minding the facts. Listen to that little voice in your head when it tells you something is wrong. Higdon, Dave Dec 1, 2011 2080
Get down, slow down. Messinger, Scott Dec 1, 2011 501
Traffic alerting limits: understanding the limitations inherent to on-board traffic systems is a technical and operational challenge. We help sort it out. Anglisano, Larry May 1, 2011 1680
Mnemonics for glass: catchy words or phrases not only have a place in the world of digital checklists, they can be one of your best tools to make sure you hit all the right notes ... er, buttons. Van West, Jeff May 1, 2011 1928
LSA glass cockpits: worth the expense: given the go-places mission profile for modern LSAs, we think the payoff is worth the expense. The trick is choosing the best real-world capability. Anglisano, Larry Nov 1, 2010 2695
Riding with Flight Check: less dangerous than taste-testing discount sushi, Flight Check is still flying approaches that no one's tried before, have suspected problems or recently killed someone. Shelton, Joe Oct 1, 2010 1501
Attitude challenged: preoccupation with having fun has gotten you into an IFR emergency at the controls of a VFR aircraft. Can you avoid unintentional aerobatics in IMC? Oct 1, 2010 1327
VFR practice in the Bravo: VFR practice approaches in Class B airspace can put you in a no-man's land between VFR rules and IFR procedures. A few simple rules should protect your backside. Pestal, Mark Oct 1, 2010 1757
Multitudinous misseds: you've briefed the whole chart, right through the missed approach--except for that alternate missed that doesn't seem to connect to any procedure. Should you care? Van West, Jeff Oct 1, 2010 711
Too far ahead of the plane: we all know the old saw of staying ahead of the airplane, but there are some parts of an approach where sticking to the task at hand means everything. Suleman, Babar Oct 1, 2010 1091
IFR training gone bad: the real world of IFR flying is out of sync with the way many instrument pilots are being trained and kept current. Here are three areas for improvement. West, Jeff Van Sep 1, 2010 2052
Flying Canadian plates: IFR in Canada is just like the U.S.--until you start using the local paper products or fly outside of controlled airspace. Be sure your GPS is ready or your NDB skills are up to date. Hobbs, Chris Sep 1, 2010 1820
The quiz. Brief article Sep 1, 2010 327
Skip the IAF on an arc: new technology leads to new interpretations of the regs. Not that those interpretations always make sense. At least the FAA has come their senses on joining DME arcs. Bowlin, Frank Sep 1, 2010 1263
Watch the waypoints: one of the rules of GPS IFR is to check your waypoints after you load them up to make sure you didn't spell something wrong. But that assumes you read the chart right. West, Jeff Van Sep 1, 2010 771
Reality checkride. Van West, Jeff Aug 1, 2010 572
ATC can call it. Huffman, Paul Aug 1, 2010 387
Put down that plate: you've traded a fat bag of money for a bunch of gee-whiz avionics in your panel, but you're still getting all your data from that paper approach plate? It's time to move on. Stephans, Emery Aug 1, 2010 1835
Be a routing mind-reader: avoid full-route clearances and airborne reroutes by knowing what ATC has in mind ahead of time. Jedi mind tricks not required. Smith, Lee Aug 1, 2010 1388
The quiz. Aug 1, 2010 779
Does VOR+DME=GPS? Well, no, we can't work miracles. But here's an old hack that takes just one VOR and some DME to go direct to a fix. Whether it's legal to do this today is another matter. Van West, Jeff Aug 1, 2010 1033
Mountain wave: going from smooth VMC to turbulent IMC in a matter of seconds can lead to spatial disorientation. Case study Aug 1, 2010 1265
When do you fly track? With GPS you can fly a course through space more precisely than a controller could ever achieve with an assigned heading. So when do you veto a vector? Van West, Jeff Jul 1, 2010 1542
Muddle near Montreal: it was supposed to be a quiet vacation north of the border, but bad weather and bad timing could make this trip memorable for all the wrong reasons. Ewing, John Jul 1, 2010 1049
When the approach is NA: you do all the right preflight planning and checking and motor through hard IFR to find out your destination suddenly has no instrument approach. Now what? Shelton, Joe Jul 1, 2010 1923
What's an "SD" on a GPS? It's a good idea to check those waypoints right after you bad a GPS approach to ensure they match the plate. But what if the approach has some extras? Van West, Jeff Jul 1, 2010 323
Five reasons to uncouple your approach: flying a coupled approach often is easier, but it does present other challenges. If you're not prepared for them, may want to do this yourself. Turner, Thomas P. Jul 1, 2010 2348
Go arounds: 2; bent metal: 0. Holston, Ken Jul 1, 2010 721
Managing IFR priorities: "Aviate, navigate, Communicate" is embedded deep in the pilot psyche. Yet a frightening number of us behave exactly backwards when we're flying the system. Singer, Neil Jul 1, 2010 1999
VOR survival tricks: VOR tips in the 21st century? yes, as a matter of fact. Sometimes the old ways are just what you need when you least expect it. Van West, Jeff Jun 1, 2010 1244
Using proficiency sims: in the IFR regime, losing your proficiency can be the first step toward losing your life. Fire up your desktop computer to chink the leaks in your procedures and scan. Jun 1, 2010 1762
Big city arrivals: about 80 percent of U.S. airports are non-towered, but lurking among the remaining 20 percent are some big airport traps. Here's how to avoid 'em. Ewing, John Jun 1, 2010 1489
Flying by vertical angles: unless you fly military hardware or something you built from a kit, it's unlikely you fly referencing angles. But there are things angles can do better than anything else. Fries, Ian Blair Jun 1, 2010 1839
Too high on a missed: there are plenty of reasons to start your missed approach long before you hit the missed approach point But the question is: What then? Van West, Jeff Jun 1, 2010 849
Drinking from the wrong glass. Van West, Jeff May 1, 2010 527
What is "all information"? Regardless of what sources you use for preflight information, be sure these critical items are recorded somewhere in the world as insurance against the ire of the FAA. Pestal, Mark May 1, 2010 1777
THE QUIZ. May 1, 2010 417
No U-turns allowed: in a world of vectors, procedure turns are like your spare tire: rarely bothered with but always there in case you need them. Except, they aren't always there. Van West, Jeff May 1, 2010 602
Gettin' TEC-Route savvy: some of the worst clearances come pre-written if you know where to look. Getting them into a GPS, however, takes a bit more than simple waypoint selection. Singer, Neil May 1, 2010 1861
Better checklist rituals: whether you prefer a professional duet or a juvenile mnemonic, diligently completing the tasks is the goal. Here's a simpler way to survive in the single-pilot cockpit. Holston, Ken May 1, 2010 1863
Snowflakes and Lightning: as we roll from spring into summer, thunderstorms replace icing as the big IFR worry. But did you know you can be unlucky enough to get both, even in deep winter? Taylor, Richard May 1, 2010 1367
On the air. Brief article May 1, 2010 691
Wind on the ILS: ready to take a vow to stop reacting to the needles and start proactively piloting the airplane along the approach path? Here's how. Holston, Ken Apr 1, 2010 1801
The iPhone cockpit: can a GPS-enabled iPhone replace an aviation GPS or approach plate reader? No. But this gadget can do more--and less--for IFR flying than some people realize. Ewing, John Apr 1, 2010 1616
Bank shot in Roanoke: when it all looks just about right, that's a clue to look for what's wrong. Nothing like an oddball approach to throw you off from the start. Ewing, John Apr 1, 2010 1112
Confusing your GPS: no matter how idiot-proof a GPS navigator is supposed to be, we continually prove ourselves even better idiots. Here are a couple things not to do with an IFR GPS. Van West, Jeff Apr 1, 2010 1065
Old-school NDB cool: navigation by NDB and DME is far from rocket science, but you still need to know how these systems work to handle the curveballs. A little preparation for the approach helps too. Van West, Jeff Apr 1, 2010 882
NTSB: Glass hasn't made us safer: A new NTSB study highlights standardization, training and testing as ways to realize digital flight displays' promise. But much has changed in glass-panel training since the period studied by the NTSB. Apr 1, 2010 912
Death by a thousand cuts. Van West, Jeff Mar 1, 2010 653
Upgrading to WAAS: only a few options exist; a WAAS buy-in adds real mission capability and workload reduction. but walk-away costs vary wildly with glass cockpits taking the biggest hit. Anglisano, Larry Report Mar 1, 2010 2498
Say more with less: short and sweet phraseology keeps ATC informed during the critical transitions of your flight. Top form comes in both what you say and how you say it. Kramer, Tarrance Mar 1, 2010 1941
Launching on the gauges: many instrument takeoffs have resulted in disastrously short flights. Having the right pre-takeoff discipline makes for a safer departure. Pestal, Mark Mar 1, 2010 2153
WX briefing hot words: you've heard horror stories about Flight Service ineptitude, but you're no weather expert. Here's the short list of what to watch (or listen) for in a briefing. Van West, Jeff Mar 1, 2010 1171
Reading radar right: just like landing, it's a skill to be learned and practiced. Knowing how radar "sees" rain and how to overcome its limitations can help. Simison, Paul Mar 1, 2010 2916
Hearing is believing. Hirsch, Glenn Mar 1, 2010 490
Why rain is a pain: flying in rain might get you a free rinse but it can also affect your airplane's performance in a variety of ways. Higdon, Dave Feb 1, 2010 2291
Missed expectations: the interaction between pilots and ATC depends on trust that certain procedures will be followed in order. Burnside, Joseph E. Jeb Feb 1, 2010 1288
The myth of multitasking. West, Jeff Van Feb 1, 2010 572
Mastering cruise descents. Smith, Lee Feb 1, 2010 1267
Practice bore-sight IFR for descents on the angles. Holston, Ken Feb 1, 2010 735
Glass-panel scans: the promise of easier instrument flying with a PFD doesn't get realized until you tweak your scan to leverage the strengths of a digital display and mitigate its weaknesses. West, Jeff Van Feb 1, 2010 1878
The parenthetical fix: GPS navigators are terrific at doing all the things the designers planned for them to do. But no designer plans for everything. That's when you need to think differently. West, Jeff Van Feb 1, 2010 873
The Quiz. Brief article Feb 1, 2010 266
On the air. Feb 1, 2010 624
Ticket for the hot seat: Cape Air turns green pilots into air jocks who shoot RVR 1800 without breaking a sweat. Several ingredients of their secret sauce could crank up your IFR flying, too. Van West, Jeff Cover story Jan 1, 2010 2439
Riding a new LPV-200: no, it's not the latest Honda scooter. But it will finally make that GPS approach every bit as good as the 200-and-a-half ILS. Presuming the sun doesn't mess it up, that is. Ewing, John Jan 1, 2010 1168
Thunder in Appalachia: the avionics will happily guide you right in front of a line of thunderstorms barreling down on the airport like a West Virginia freight train. You're in the PIC seat, so what's your next move? Jan 1, 2010 1127
New options for currency: once in a while, the FAA decides to update those pesky regs. For IFR fliers with access to an ATD, there are some new rules in house. Commercial candidates should also take note. McNamee, Jeff Jan 1, 2010 1269
On the air. Jan 1, 2010 731
Winter wonderland. Burnside, Jeb Editorial Jan 1, 2010 485
Half-dead climbs in IMC: can you meet the IFR obstacle incline when a dead engine cripples your climb rate? There's a lesson here for single and twin pilots alike. Smith, Lee Dec 1, 2009 2288
Case studies in flying IFR: same aircraft and mission. Four different approaches to getting the job done. Do you see yourself anywhere in these pictures? Van West, Jeff Dec 1, 2009 1650
Bend's twice-baked RNAV: an odd approach design can be a clue that the designers were saving time and money by recycling items they'd already scoped out. McNamee, Jeff Dec 1, 2009 825
Top five reasons to cancel an IFR flight: just because you have the instrument rating doesn't mean you'll never have to cancel a flight. Higdon, Dave Dec 1, 2009 2417
Cold-air altimeters: perhaps you have a dusty memory that cold weather has an unwanted effect on altimeter readings. Does this really matter? It can. Brenneman, Dog Nov 1, 2009 1894
Mastering void times: if you think that "void time" occurs about 30 minutes after Miller time, then it's time for a refresher on departing uncontrolled fields. Stahl, Fred I. Nov 1, 2009 1492
The departure detective: if you can't go VFR, then there are some choices to be sorted in order to blast outta St. Paul. Your best route may be in the fine print. Holston, Ken Nov 1, 2009 1110
Heads up in the hold: not everybody out there has a GPS picture plus the words, "Hold Parallel," flashing in their face. Mental hold entries are almost a lost art. Christian, Rob Nov 1, 2009 2513
Missed at the beach: the hardest missed is the one you don't expect because the ASOS is telling you one thing but your eyes see something else. Lawson, Dan Nov 1, 2009 1026
Improper IFR: that's the coldly clinical term the NTSB uses to describe a host of IFR sins eventually leading to wrecks. Most occur on non-precision approaches. Nov 1, 2009 2821
The home sim workout: using a desktop simulator to keep your skills from complete atrophy is a great idea. But there are better and worse ways to practice. Van West, Jeff; Bodeen, Chuck Oct 1, 2009 1428
Just ask Talley: what was it like to train pilots to fly on instruments during wartime? Here's an inside view, complete with the cheap tequila. Van West, Jeff Interview Oct 1, 2009 1137
Dark horizon: night VFR over a remote area can mean little or no natural horizon to help maintain aircraft control. Burnside, Joseph "Jeb" E. Oct 1, 2009 1237
Electronic charting: the paperless cockpit isn't a myth, but it's not been perfected either. Various portable solutions are available, but they all have drawbacks. Burnside, Joseph E. "Jeb" Sep 1, 2009 2109
Flying long-range IFR: you're at the MAP with no pavement in sight and only 20 gallons of gas between you and an NTSB report--just like you planned. McGovern, Rob Aug 1, 2009 2876
Go lower with RNAV LP: when obstructions abound close to the threshold, an approach without vertical guidance could be just the ticket. Ewing, John Aug 1, 2009 891
Two Garmins in the stack: realizing a tangible gain from a pair of GPS navigators means organizing your resources and customizing what you see when. Van West, Jeff Aug 1, 2009 1557
Taking it one leg too far: most accidents require multiple factors coming into alignment. But breaking the chain takes a pilot alert enough to see the storm brewing. Compton, Bill Aug 1, 2009 1459
IFR GPS: good, bad or just ugly? In a few short years, GPS revolutionized light-plane IFR. Along with the added capability can come higher workload, though, along with greater complexity. Turner, Thomas P. Aug 1, 2009 2476
Zero-zero departure: current training places too little emphasis on perfecting the instrument takeoff. Burnside, Joseph E. "Jeb" Jul 1, 2009 1251
GPS approach blunders: you've pressed the buttons and turned the knobs. Now you're ready for the RNAV approach. What could possibly go wrong? Ewing, John Jul 1, 2009 1543
Stay IFR legal and able: the FAA asks little in the way of legality and almost nothing on being safe. A little self discipline goes a long way toward doing both. Loeffler, Frank Jul 1, 2009 1073
Decision altitude in a turn: approaches of the future may have more twists than a cheap murder novel, but the skills to fly them will be largely old-school. Sanders, Rick Jun 1, 2009 1513
Safe, legal or proficient? Recent instrument experience may allow you to be safe but not legal, or legal but not safe. Proficiency requires more work than you might expect. Bowlin, Frank Jun 1, 2009 3078
ATC doesn't have to fly; a controller's job is separating aircraft, and he doesn't have to be a pilot to do that well. Flying the airplane is your problem. Kramer, Tarrance May 1, 2009 1875
Why use GPS OBS? You don't need to be a Star Wars OBS-Kenobi to feel the power of OBS mode. Master it, and it will do almost magical things for you. Singer, Neil May 1, 2009 1637
Instrument rating: the first 100 hours: you'll never be more current than the day of your checkride, but getting and staying proficient requires developing a plan and sticking with it. Turner, Thomas P. May 1, 2009 2381
Lightning flash in IMC: lightning strikes somewhere in the world about 100 times every second, but odds are it won't hit you. Still, it shouldn't be ignored. Ewing, John Report Apr 1, 2009 1746
Forgetting to cancel: flying IFR usually makes working the system easier. Except for that bit about cancelling IFR when there's no Tower to do it for you. Shelton, Joe Apr 1, 2009 1154
GPS Errors: getting the most from the magic in your panel without losing the "flick". Turner, Thomas P. Apr 1, 2009 2809
Spring-loaded to miss: the time that a missed counts most is when you're hoping you won't have to do it. Here's a simple system to handle the paradox. Bowlin, Frank Mar 1, 2009 1906
Find the runway: you just shot the best approach of your life, but you still have to pick out the runway from the visual clutter. Turner, Thomas P. Mar 1, 2009 2233
The first 400 feet: initiating a missed approach can be the busiest time you'll ever spend in an airplane. Turner, Thomas P. Feb 1, 2009 3072
Night visual: even when we're familiar with the destination, a dark night approach is a bad time to be outside the system. Burnside, Joseph E. (Jeb) Feb 1, 2009 1224
Don't watch the needles: sometimes the best way to avoid an ILS sword fight on the CDI is to stop looking at the instrument so much. Singer, Neil Feb 1, 2009 3036
Happy birthday, now get back to work. Van West, Jeff Jan 1, 2009 537
Flight path markers: crusty old IFR pilots cultivated a sixth sense of where the aircraft was moving in space. Now pilots can just look and see. Duh. Jan 1, 2009 1761
If we're lucky, this time is different. Van West, Jeff Dec 1, 2008 509
Busting the control zone: you know the ceiling and vis requirements for Class E to the surface, right? Don't forget them when you're scud running at 180 knots. Parnau, Jeff Dec 1, 2008 1324
Six SPIFR tips: single-pilot IFR isn't the huge challenge it once was. Use these tips, along with your automation, to make it a non-event. Burnside, Joseph E. (Jeb) Dec 1, 2008 2073
Top five IFR rust spots: atrophied skills that'll kill you don't involve forgetting your five Ts. Here are five aspects of your instrument flying to keep razor sharp. Singer, Neil Report Nov 1, 2008 2305
Departing non-towered airports: when there's no charted departure procedure and the weather's down the tubes, use these tips to do it on your own. Turner, Thomas P. Nov 1, 2008 2729
Panels of the past: after nearly 80 years of keeping the dirty side down using round gauges, the age of attitude-instrument flying may be on its way out. Rozendaal, Doug Oct 1, 2008 1190
Direct to nowhere: in our dynamic ATC system, pilots and controllers have to be on their toes to ensure everyone is working from the same page. Blank, Phil Oct 1, 2008 2151
Deviant behavior: when convective weather is about, the shortest distance between two points rarely is a straight line. Bowlin, Frank Sep 1, 2008 2528
Coming up short: there's really no excuse for landing short of the runway after an ILS. Once you, break out, just hold what you've got. Durden, Rick Aug 1, 2008 2775
Our first IFR trip. Aug 1, 2008 490
Going below minimums: the FARs allow Part 91 operators to shoot approaches when the weather is below minimums. But that doesn't mean it's a good idea. Durden, Rick Jul 1, 2008 2390
Everyday partial panel: flying needle-ball-airspeed when everything is working and without covering the gyros will help you stay sharp when you need to be. Straw, Bill Jun 1, 2008 1932
Riding the beam: when the weathers down, stay on the ILS glideslope. It'll take you where you want to go. Burnside, Joseph E. (Jeb) Jun 1, 2008 1193
Expectations. Jun 1, 2008 534
Unprepped. Burnside, Jeb Editorial Apr 1, 2008 500
Making practice count: IFR self-critique: a dot here, a dot there and the next thing you know, you're in the CFIT database. Grade yourself on every flight and that won't happen. Straw, Bill Apr 1, 2008 1701
On a mission: LIFR departures: according to top operators, safe, regular departures in low IFR require devising a system to double-check everything and sticking to it. Turner, Thomas P. Feb 1, 2008 2769
Flight planning for ice: flying is all about managing acceptable risk. There are no guarantees for staying ice-free, but there are some good options. Dennstaedt, Scott Feb 1, 2008 2524
The quiz. Feb 1, 2008 442
Think ahead of ATC: sow your plan in the mind of ATC and watch it grow into a thing of beauty. It's just a matter of knowing what to ask for and when. Berge, Paul Feb 1, 2008 1290
Miss opportunity: for-real missed approaches are rare, but knowing in advance where you're going to go makes it manageable. It's all a matter of making the best of the opportunity. Burnside, Joseph E. Jan 1, 2008 2709
On-top tips: getting and staying on top offers advantages, especially when IFR. But watch for weather changes that will shut out a visual descent. Pardo, Jeff Jan 1, 2008 1599
Undertrained: reliably using a fresh instrument rating means we need to fly in the clouds during our training. Burnside, Joseph E. Jan 1, 2008 1344
Make it a low-cal ILS. Van West, Jeff Jan 1, 2008 552
Getting no WX from ATC: thunderstorms can catch you sleeping any time of year. Don't expect the controller to give you a heads-up, either. Miller, Bob Jan 1, 2008 2344
The departure menu: like Rodney used to lament, departures just "don't get no respect." Here's a simplified matrix to get up and out safely. Brenneman, Dog Jan 1, 2008 1891
High stakes in Philly: commercial airports sport all the low-weather gear, but this attempt might be less steak and more like a soft pretzel. Holston, Ken; McCloy, John Jan 1, 2008 1118
Love those long legs: why truck outbound for an hour on an RNAV approach just to reverse course? van West, Jeff Jan 1, 2008 590
Briefing the airport: briefing the approach as you descend from cruise should be the last step in a long chain when you're flying somewhere new. Shelton, Joe Jan 1, 2008 1563
Safety pilot safety: simulated instrument approaches are necessary for proficiency. Problem is that just having a safety pilot isn't always safe. Pestal, Mark Jan 1, 2008 1070
Getting inside the Worx: there's more to using those pretty WxWorx images than just staying out of the red. Here are the top items nobody bothers to tell you. Dennstaedt, Scott C. Nov 1, 2007 1766
Last-minute blowoff: holding the localizer course isn't your only problem when the winds are howling from the side. It might be just the beginning. Colalillo, Michael Nov 1, 2007 1000
Smart pilot tricks: every year we reflect on the annals of aerial idiocy in our "Stupid Pilot Tricks." But what about the screw-ups that almost happened? Garvey, Jane Nov 1, 2007 1476
Wild horses: briefing a Departure Procedure is only part of the game. Here's a plate where it's a must that you plan the flight and then fly the plan. Lane-Cummings, Kevin Nov 1, 2007 1159
The part 61 overhaul: the first changes in instrument training and currency regulations in a decade are sure to appease some ... and rankle others. McNamee, Jeff Nov 1, 2007 1669
Learning backwards. Van West, Jeff Sep 1, 2007 514
Sport planes for IFR: could a light-sport aircraft be the perfect mount for instrument training? Some might be up to the task, even in hard IMC. Van West, Jeff Sep 1, 2007 1930
Nailing the profile: wanna fly with a steely grace that makes you feel like the John Wayne of the cockpit? Set up a standard profile, let physics do the rest. Van West, Jeff Aug 1, 2007 2224
Read the fine print: instrument flying is all about the details. Some approaches have more than their share of minutia, and not all of it is obvious. Aug 1, 2007 858
IFR risk management: can a CD-ROM course flown on your computer make a hoot of difference in how you actually fly when the pressure is on? Garvey, Jane Aug 1, 2007 1017
My taildragger IPC: what do basic stick and-rudder skills, grass strips, and life out of radar contact have to do with IFR? Everything and nothing. Berge, Paul Aug 1, 2007 1270
Dangerous approaches? Just because it's published doesn't mean it won't require extra equipment, performance or care. What makes an approach dangerous and how to handle it. Bowlin, Frank Jul 1, 2007 2619
Briefing the approach: taking a focused moment to prepare the cockpit for an approach also help prepare the pilot for the transition from en route environment to landing. Here's how. Turner, Thomas P. Jun 1, 2007 2995
IFR not recommended: despite the reasons pilots are warned against certain operations, some of them don't read the memos. Burnside, Joseph E. Jun 1, 2007 1291
Along for the ride: simulating instrument flight puts more responsibility on a safety pilot than he or she may be prepared. Burnside, Joseph E. Brief article Apr 1, 2007 1295
The glass half full: many of us have a mix of high and low tech in our panels. Getting the most from the mix may require some revisionist thinking. Shelton, Joe Apr 1, 2007 2690
Tune up your scan: from IFR newbies to crusty old freight dogs, the scan is the foundation for flying in the soup. Sometimes it needs a fresh look. Kilcourse, Craig Apr 1, 2007 1152
Home depot briefings. Van West, Jeff Mar 1, 2007 546
ACING the arc: that "turn 10, twist 10" stuff is for training. You can freehand it better and you don't need no stinkin' GPS. Bowlin, Frank Mar 1, 2007 1672
Direct to where? The world of IFR clearances has changed since RNAV direct became the easy way home, but sometimes the direction is unclear. Wharton, T.J. Mar 1, 2007 1682
New-school IFR: the big aviation universities are changing the way they teach IFR and the results of their studies may change the way we all train. McNamee, Jeff Mar 1, 2007 2411
Turn twice at KPQI: overlapping transition routes and more towers than medieval London: This plate leaves you feeling naked without some DME. Mar 1, 2007 440
Approaches in a hurry: sometimes you've got to get set up for the approach at lightning speed. The secret is to pretend there's no hurry at all. Rozendaal, Doug Mar 1, 2007 1866
Lurking in the murk: breaking out into marginal VFR after an instrument approach can put you head-to-head with VFR traffic. What's out there, and what you can do about it. Saini, Meredith Mar 1, 2007 2664
Get a real IPC: you could just go through the motions, but don't you and your passengers deserve an IFR athlete who can handle a real workout? McNamee, Jeff Feb 1, 2007 1597
Ice is where you find it: just because it's not in the forecast, you can't be assured of not encountering in-flight icing. Burnside, Joseph E. Feb 1, 2007 1326
Gone cruising: in the real world of IFR flying, the visual approach rules the day. But sometimes, no approach is even better. Richardson, Charles D. Nov 1, 2006 3172
IFR rules, VFR Tools: when the weather's good, IFR pilots have a lot more flexibility than when it's too foggy to drive to the airport. Know what they are and when you can use them. Pardo, Jeff Sep 1, 2006 3275
File for the big rocks: careful planning, local knowledge, and a few insider tips can make mountain IFR practical and safe in light singles. Here are the basics. Ison, David Sep 1, 2006 1733
ADS-B: just do it. Bertorelli, Paul Jul 1, 2006 603
Finessing the clearance: negotiation has always been a power tool of the savvy IFR flier. Sometimes it takes a little research to know exactly what to request. Shelton, Joe Jul 1, 2006 1672
Wanna Walla Walla? Soaking up the beautiful sunshine while skimming the cloud tops is one of the perks of flying IFR. Too bad the fun won't last. Singer, Larry; McCloy, John Jul 1, 2006 1504
Back door IFR: when stratus happens and you didn't file, you'll need to sweet talk your way into the system. Here are some practical tips to do that safely. Jul 1, 2006 1941
Homemade glideslope: vertical guidance from the FAF to the MAP makes for a smooth approach. You can get it from a high-end GPS or a simple spreadsheet. Shelton, Joe Jun 1, 2006 1962
Bad attitude: is the attitude indicator itself to blame for loss-of-control accidents in IMC? It's all in the way pilots perceive information the instrument is presenting. Jun 1, 2006 1964
A scud-running rating: hood time can't prepare you for the low-level maneuvering in low visibility that's part of the IFR diet. Welcome to the real world. Rozendaal, Doug May 1, 2006 2296
Safety pilot in IMC: we all agree the real learning happens when you take it into the clouds, but no one says the guy in the right seat has to be a CFI. McCloy, John Mar 1, 2006 990
The quiz. Mar 1, 2006 436
Sequencing yourself: tomorrow's ATC system may require pilots to identify and separate themselves from each other. Here's why, and how it is supposed to work. Turner, Thomas P. Mar 1, 2006 2710
Piper PA-28-180: January 1, 2006, Peachtree City, GA. Brief article Mar 1, 2006 155
Beech D55 Baron: January 1, 2006, Dawson, Ga. Brief article Mar 1, 2006 201
Cessna T210L: January 2, 2006, Auburn, Ala. Brief article Mar 1, 2006 103
Saab SF340B+: January 2, 2006, Santa Maria, Calif. Brief article Mar 1, 2006 200
Piper PA-28-161 warrior: January 2, 2006, Yonkers, N.Y. Brief article Mar 1, 2006 120
Beech 35-A33 Debonair: January 2, 2006, Heber City, Utah. Brief article Mar 1, 2006 194
Top five approach traps: pilots are always finding new ways to screw up an instrument approach. Look out for these five mistakes. Burnside, Joseph E. Cover story Feb 1, 2006 2385
Flying the rare air: for most pilots, Class A is just something to learn for the written test. Logging real time up there, though, is a whole new ball game. Shelton, John Feb 1, 2006 1965
Bad day in a baron: join us for an IMC approach at night to beautiful Monterey. Paradise awaits once you work out a few small issues. Singer, Larry; McCloy, John Jan 1, 2006 1279
Filling in block 13: alternates seem like wasted time--until the weather crumps and GPS takes a siesta. As with much of IFR, the Devil is in the details. Holston, Ken Jan 1, 2006 1803
Airways and air routes: even if you never fly north of the U.S. Border, Canadian charts reveal some interesting IFR. Van West, Jeff Jan 1, 2006 533
Schleicher ASH 26 E: November 2, 2005, Sparks, Nev. Brief article Jan 1, 2006 216
Beech F33A bonanza: November 9, 2005, Geyserville, Calif. Brief article Jan 1, 2006 167
Piper PA-28-161 warrior: November 9, 2005, Leesburg, Va. Brief article Jan 1, 2006 112
Mooney M20M: November 11, 2005, Summerville, S.C. Brief article Jan 1, 2006 109
Cessna T210N turbo centurion: November 19, 2005, Dana Point, Calif. Brief article Jan 1, 2006 112
Welcome to OZ. Temme, Leonard A. Column May 1, 2004 933
How do your instruments look? Scharman, Harrison Brief Article Jun 1, 2002 823

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