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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.

IFR Fix: Alternate realities

IFR Fix | 2015, 02 18

For a pilot who flies IFR infrequently, should weather requiring an alternate raise a caution flag about the go/no-go decision?

IFR Fix: One hour to burn

IFR Fix | 2015, 02 02

What would you choose to work on if offered a complimentary hour to tackle the IFR proficiency challenge of your choice?

IFR Fix: An uneasy compromise

IFR Fix | 2015, 01 12

The pilot wasn’t the first “expert” ever humbled by an icing encounter. Here was a chance for redemption.

IFR Fix: Keene expectations

IFR Fix | 2014, 12 29

Your preparedness to fly the ILS or LOC RWY 2 approach to Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene, New Hampshirethis, is a result of your hour-long preflight ground review.

IFR Fix: Power, and distraction

IFR Fix | 2014, 12 19

After a complete electrical failure during an initial climb from the departure airport, the pilot of a Beech King Air 200 learned a valuable lesson from a simple but costly omission.

IFR Fix: Timing the handoff

IFR Fix | 2014, 12 12

No one likes to blow a radio exchange with ATC, but it's not possible to know exactly when a handoff from one center sector to another, or from a center to approach, is going to happen.

IFR Fix: In uncharted territory

IFR Fix | 2014, 12 08

When was the last time you were instructed by a controller, or requested by an instrument flight instructor to fly an uncharted hold?

IFR Fix: Pitch anomalies

IFR Fix | 2014, 12 01

The aircraft does seem less responsive in pitch now—but what would that have to do with icing?

IFR Fix: Why 'No SID'?

IFR Fix | 2014, 11 21

Your CFII usually follows up route-planning drilling with a review of appropriate regulations, and today’s selection is 14 CFR 91.185, "IFR Operations: Two-way radio communications failure."

IFR Fix: BATLE station

IFR Fix | 2014, 11 14

The DME has been acting up on today’s flight. Now it’s doing it again.

IFR Fix: 'My first ever runway incursion'

IFR Fix | 2014, 11 10

You have your clearance, have made the “go” decision, and are taxiing toward the active runway. Gusty winds and rain are making this a more demanding task than usual; if anything unexpected comes up such as a last-minute routing change or an anomalous indication on the panel, will you be able to sort everything out without error?

IFR Fix: ‘Descend a little more’

IFR Fix | 2014, 11 03

Do you always aim to fly to practical test standards on proficiency and practice flights? Are you sure?

IFR Fix: Military exercise

IFR Fix | 2014, 10 27

Few features are more striking on an aeronautical chart than a mass of special-use airspace near a planned destination or astride a proposed route.

IFR Fix: 'We missed this'

IFR Fix | 2014, 10 20

When you brief an instrument approach with circling minima, can you explain whether it has a standard circling approach maneuvering radius, or an expanded one?

IFR Fix: 'Only localizer minimums authorized'

IFR Fix | 2014, 10 10

Some weather, a self-inflicted communications glitch, and the distraction of diverting had forged the error chain.

IFR Fix: 'When ice becomes perceptible'

IFR Fix | 2014, 10 06

You describe the current and forecast conditions, taking pains to note that despite the early-fall warmth, you made sure to check the freezing level.

IFR Fix: 'One harrowing experience'

IFR Fix | 2014, 09 30

Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.

IFR Fix: Two white, two red

IFR Fix | 2014, 09 23

What a pilot gleans from a PAPI’s white and red lights depends on other design features of the approach, reviewed and noted during preflight planning.

IFR Fix: Tower, CFI help VFR pilot who takes off into clouds

IFR Fix | 2014, 09 17

A VFR pilot enters instrument conditions shortly after takeoff. Air traffic control gets an instructor on the ground involved to help talk the pilot through the serious situation to narrowly avert tragedy.

IFR Fix: 'To comply with published procedures'

IFR Fix | 2014, 09 09

On a second inspection, the numbers do make sense.

IFR Fix: Missing for real

IFR Fix | 2014, 09 02

Spatial disorientation? Isn’t that only a hazard for VFR pilots?

IFR Fix: The 'flexible safety buffer'

IFR Fix | 2014, 08 22

When it comes to establishing personal minimums, you need a working definition of the term.

IFR Fix: Coded weather? GMAB!

IFR Fix | 2014, 08 19

If it’s been a while, try starting your next proficiency session by getting the weather with a pad, not the iPad.