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IFR Fix: IFR in name only

IFR Fix | 2014, 06 30

The trip’s unraveling began when approach control called with an amended IFR clearance, producing instant pandemonium in the complacent cockpit.

IFR Fix: 'Look out for Bud'

IFR Fix | 2014, 06 24

“Look out for Bud,” was all an instructor had to say to a trainee. Bud had unknowingly become a see-and-avoid metaphor for countless aviators.

IFR Fix: Slow and unsteady

IFR Fix | 2014, 06 17

Quiz: After a pilot changes airspeed in a standard-rate turn, is more or less bank needed to maintain the turn?

IFR Fix: 'No useful correlation'

IFR Fix | 2014, 06 09

When sizing up a thunderstorm from a distance, what are the most important visual aspects?

IFR Fix: 'Let the adrenaline subside'

IFR Fix | 2014, 06 02

Technology in the cockpit is only as good as the pilot operating it. Are you managing your avionics, or letting the technology manage you?

IFR Fix: Distractible you

IFR Fix | 2014, 05 27

The pilot has just started a level-off at the assigned altitude when departure control calls with an unexpected request.

IFR Fix: Weather so bad, it's good

IFR Fix | 2014, 05 20

If your favorite instructor hasn’t already called to see if you want to add to your actual-IMC experience, reach out.

IFR Fix: Briefing for the Brickyard

IFR Fix | 2014, 05 12

Descending in moderate turbulence through multiple cloud decks, the two pilots, who are unfamiliar with the destination airport and local approach architecture, are all business.

IFR Fix: 'It seemed a reasonable clearance'

IFR Fix | 2014, 05 06

Pop quiz: What are you expected to say when picking up your clearance if you have filed a route, but revised it before departure?

IFR Fix: A passably perilous procedure

IFR Fix | 2014, 04 28

After an instrument proficiency check lesson, your instructor gives a blow-by-blow critique of your flying. He wants to fly again before signing you off. You can’t resist mentioning that your flying never exceeded instrument rating practical test tolerances.

IFR Fix: Out of the loop

IFR Fix | 2014, 04 22

There is another aircraft nearby, and its pilot is going to unusual lengths to keep you in sight.

IFR Fix: What is a clearance?

IFR Fix | 2014, 04 14

Discussing the pros and cons of possible routes, your CFII poses an unexpected question: “What is an air traffic clearance?”

IFR Fix: 'Deviate as necessary'

IFR Fix | 2014, 04 08

The clouds were angry, but the passenger was angrier.

IFR Fix: A full-scale deflection

IFR Fix | 2014, 04 01

When the CDI became fully deflected, time was up for troubleshooting a glitchy GPS.

IFR Fix: 'A calculated risk'

IFR Fix | 2014, 03 25

If the decision to take off was made knowing that no return to the departure airport was possible, what’s the backup plan?

IFR Fix: 'Messing with power'

IFR Fix | 2014, 03 18

CFIIs seeking material to use when administering instrument proficiency checks should note the results of the March 11 poll question.

IFR Fix: Trains at the DER

IFR Fix | 2014, 03 11

At 500 feet per minute and 95 knots of groundspeed in the windless conditions, was the altitude gain per nautical mile sufficient?

IFR Fix: 'Go around or sidestep'

IFR Fix | 2014, 03 05

Describe a scenario where the potential for destabilization is intrinsic to the approach.

IFR Fix: Sorry, wrong number

IFR Fix | 2014, 02 21

Two go-arounds and a rejected takeoff would provide a day’s drama at many airports. When they all happen at once, with the go-arounds head-on, only luck averts disaster.

IFR Fix: Constructive comments

IFR Fix | 2014, 02 18

Readers helped explain that often you can fly an approach to one runway but circle to another for landing. (Are there exceptions? Yes.)

IFR Fix: 'Confusion reigned'

IFR Fix | 2014, 02 03

Can you identify the misunderstanding that was developing between the parties during an approach to Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport?

IFR Fix: 'Missed the gorilla'

IFR Fix | 2014, 01 28

The question isn’t whether turbulence will distract you. The question is how long it will divert your attention, and what the consequences will be.

IFR Fix: Expect a visual approach

IFR Fix | 2014, 01 21

With the airport in sight, don’t relax so much that you discard your aircraft’s electronic navigation capabilities.

IFR Fix: Nothing automatic about it

IFR Fix | 2014, 01 14

Even if there is no automation in your cockpit yet, your day may come.

IFR Fix: Next exit 4,000 feet

IFR Fix | 2014, 01 06

Hitting your touchdown spot just right and exiting the runway promptly at a safe taxi speed brings appreciation from the tower.