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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.

IFR Fix: Green, on paper

IFR Fix | 2013, 12 27

When it comes to determining who has the most experience, it can depend on the the flight operation and the experiences the pilot has encountered in the past, no matter the number of hours on paper.

IFR Fix: 'Vertical what?'

IFR Fix | 2013, 12 20

Ask 300 or so instrument pilots what would make them more proficient. You will likely get 300 or so answers.

IFR Fix: The sig in sigmet

IFR Fix | 2013, 12 13

Two CFIIs plunge into icing conditions after failing to recognize the significance of a sigmet for icing.

IFR Fix: That was the easy part

IFR Fix | 2013, 12 09

Contemplating IFR flight scenarios for airports like Delta, Utah, is excellent review for any instrument pilot. That's because briefing for a flight into and out of Delta covers bases unlikely to be encountered on your next two-hour tour of your home field approaches.

IFR Fix: The weather window

IFR Fix | 2013, 11 29

The slower-than-expected movement of the weather system was a good break today, but what does it mean for tomorrow’s return trip back toward the weather?

IFR Fix: Few clouds at 700

IFR Fix | 2013, 11 22

You might get in at Aurora, Mo., might not. Hard to know.

IFR Fix: An uneventful flight

IFR Fix | 2013, 11 11

The pilot attributed his errant decision-making to "my determination not to disappoint a friend." Has your determination not to disappoint a passenger in your aircraft ever degraded your piloting judgment, putting you in a tight spot?

IFR Fix: 'Random impromptu routings'

IFR Fix | 2013, 11 01

Which word in the instrument pilot's vocabulary is so prized that it commands its own button on navigation units?

IFR Fix: The RASS factor

IFR Fix | 2013, 10 28

The weather broadcast should be audible by now. Great time for a glitch to show up.

IFR Fix: ‘The runway seemed very close’

IFR Fix | 2013, 10 21

The crew credited their awareness of contrary indications to their company's policy of backing up all approaches with available navaids, which is a good practice for any pilot.

IFR Fix: 'Probably just the gauge'

IFR Fix | 2013, 10 07

On course, on altitude—but what’s this? The oil pressure gauge gets your attention—its needle is deflected low of normal.

IFR Fix: 'Go ahead and land'

IFR Fix | 2013, 09 27

You have a mere 2,944 feet to work with down there, and here you are, coming over the displaced threshold at 90 knots.

IFR Fix: 'Awfully close to the houses'

IFR Fix | 2013, 09 23

Two retired airline pilots were shooting instrument approaches and taking turns acting as safety pilot. On the day’s last approach, something didn’t look right.

IFR Fix: BADDA BINGG

IFR Fix | 2013, 09 13

Even if you never fly to this destination, the IAP makes good review material for a ground session of an IFR proficiency session.

IFR Fix: Radar contact lost

IFR Fix | 2013, 09 06

What’s an unusual feature of an instrument approach procedure in your aviation neighborhood—a quirk that makes you glad you can practice it at will?

IFR Fix: Finding zero

IFR Fix | 2013, 08 22

What’s the altitude of the freezing level in your area today? Don't peek. Just take an educated guess.

IFR Fix: A glint of sunlight

IFR Fix | 2013, 08 19

Now it’s clear why your instrument instructor asked you for confirmation that all your nav systems were working for today’s proficiency flight. You’ll need a full panel to complete the ILS RWY 5 approach to Anniston (Ala.) Regional Airport.

IFR Fix: The vertigo vaccine

IFR Fix | 2013, 08 12

Are you vaccinated against vertigo? That would be useful, but don't look for the cure within the health care system. Start in your logbook.

IFR Fix: Busting beneath the shelf

IFR Fix | 2013, 05 24

Sometimes it's unavoidable: If you want to get where you're going, you must file IFR. At other times, it's a choice between convenience (VFR) and certainty (IFR). Then how will you play it?

IFR Fix: Rotate, or the river?

IFR Fix | 2013, 05 20

Even a comfortable home airport can turn unforgiving if you arrive before you're ready, uncertain that you can reconfigure with your customary prompt precision.

IFR Fix: Surprised, even unnerved

IFR Fix | 2013, 05 03

ATC has your initial vector for the approach. The controller evenly mentions that previous traffic has diverted to the alternate, where the reported ceiling is a lofty 1,500 broken. The unspoken question hangs in the air. It's tempting, really tempting, to press onward.

IFR Fix: Who's minding 'alpha floor'?

IFR Fix | 2013, 04 30

Cleared for an ILS/DME approach to Runway 5R, the flight descended to 8,000 feet msl and turned to intercept the localizer.