IFR Fix | 2014, 09 30
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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 | 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 | 2014, 09 09
On a second inspection, the numbers do make sense.
IFR Fix | 2014, 09 02
Spatial disorientation? Isn’t that only a hazard for VFR pilots?
IFR Fix | 2014, 08 22
When it comes to establishing personal minimums, you need a working definition of the term.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 2014, 07 22
Spot quiz: What is the METAR/TAF code for smoke?
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 | 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 | 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?”
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