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IFR Fix: What's the window?

IFR Fix | 2015, 07 15

A pilot planning a day trip to the coast in the FBO’s new IFR-equipped aircraft has more than just weather to consider.

IFR Fix: The quick pick

IFR Fix | 2015, 06 29

It’s comforting that you can always pick up an IFR clearance if conditions deteriorate. It’s another thing to pull the trigger and manage any complications.

IFR Fix: Two loud bangs

IFR Fix | 2015, 06 12

One stricken aircraft was in cruise; the other, near landing. Were these emergencies? Dramatic to ponder, but secondary to problem solving.

IFR Fix: Unknown problem, imperfect solution

IFR Fix | 2015, 06 01

There was a bang, the instructor says, followed by a vibration in the control column. Did something on the cowling let go, striking the tail?

IFR Fix: Red flag warning

IFR Fix | 2015, 05 12

From one 56-day cycle to the next, a U.S. en route low altitude chart contains an average of 1,361 changes.

IFR Fix: Aircraft for rent, maybe

IFR Fix | 2015, 04 28

A flight school/aircraft rental business had a double scare recently when two of its aircraft didn’t show up at two different destinations on separate days.

IFR Fix: Situational awareness a last defense in CFIT scenario

IFR Fix | 2015, 04 13

As you prepare to level off from the descent in instrument conditions, a ground proximity warning goes off. What's the correct response?

IFR Fix: Danger at the heart of embedded thunderstorms

IFR Fix | 2015, 03 30

The crew, struggling against severe turbulence, icing, and loss of altitude and bank control, had inadvertently penetrated an embedded thunderstorm.

IFR Fix: Snowflake approaches

IFR Fix | 2015, 03 16

An aircraft is flying at 10,000 feet msl. Outside air temperature is 5 degrees Celsius. Is the aircraft higher or lower than its altimeter indicates?

IFR Fix: Cold and calculated

IFR Fix | 2015, 03 02

The caustic combination of crosswind and an ice-crusted runway sent the aircraft skidding into a snow bank built up by plowing along the runway edge.