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 | 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 | 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 | 2014, 06 09
When sizing up a thunderstorm from a distance, what are the most important visual aspects?
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 2014, 04 22
There is another aircraft nearby, and its pilot is going to unusual lengths to keep you in sight.
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 | 2014, 04 08
The clouds were angry, but the passenger was angrier.
IFR Fix | 2014, 04 01
When the CDI became fully deflected, time was up for troubleshooting a glitchy GPS.
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 | 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 | 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 | 2014, 03 05
Describe a scenario where the potential for destabilization is intrinsic to the approach.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 2014, 01 21
With the airport in sight, don’t relax so much that you discard your aircraft’s electronic navigation capabilities.
IFR Fix | 2014, 01 14
Even if there is no automation in your cockpit yet, your day may come.
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.
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