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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.

IFR Fix: Careful what you wish for

IFR Fix | 2014, 08 12

The Skyhawk’s cockpit is sweltering as the pilot monitors the engine oil temperature and waits for the center controller to call.

IFR Fix: 'Trust my instincts'

IFR Fix | 2014, 08 04

The Center controller who had issued the flight’s late-night IFR clearance heard the truncated transmission but thought little of it.

IFR Fix: 11 degrees of separation

IFR Fix | 2014, 07 28

The arcing dashed arrow that ushers in the missed approach lends it a deceptively simple appearance, but there’s more here than greets the eye.

IFR Fix: Where there's smoke

IFR Fix | 2014, 07 22

Spot quiz: What is the METAR/TAF code for smoke?

IFR Fix: Nonprecision, not imprecision

IFR Fix | 2014, 07 15

In the satellite age, it’s still true that the less precision exists for navigation, the more precise the flying must be.

IFR Fix: What color is your SA?

IFR Fix | 2014, 07 08

Raw-data aviation remains relevant in one respect: No one ever said that pilots flying raw-data approaches had sacrificed their airmanship on the altar of technology.

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?”