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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
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
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
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
BUYING LOGIC IN AN ILLOGICAL WORLD. Bertorelli, Paul Brief article Dec 1, 2018 330
Flying A 150-Knot Ice Cube. Dec 1, 2018 333
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
Switchology. Column Apr 1, 2018 494
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
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
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
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
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
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 source? Burnside, Jeb Editorial Mar 1, 2015 440
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The limits of datalink zap. Apr 1, 2012 347
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
On the air. Feb 1, 2010 624
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
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
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
On the air. Jan 1, 2010 731
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
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
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
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
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
GPS Errors: getting the most from the magic in your panel without losing the "flick". Turner, Thomas P. Apr 1, 2009 2809
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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