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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.

IFR Fix: Next time, write it down

IFR Fix | 2013, 03 08

Inbound from BONSS through 2,500 feet, the pilot tweaks the throttle to ensure a level-off at 1,500 feet before reaching the missed approach point on the VOR/DME RWY 15 approach to Griffiss International Airport in New York. The check pilot has not offered any hint as to whether the approach will terminate.

IFR Fix: Vector for the sequester

IFR Fix | 2013, 03 01

It doesn't matter whether your political needle deflects left or right or is centered. Unless something gives soon in the seat of government, it is time for instrument pilots to be proactive and address the effects on their flying of a newly coined aeronautical term: "the sequester."


IFR Fix | 2013, 02 22

Remember the training-text diagrams of holding patterns and entries? They carved up the approach airspace into sectors, and showed which entry was appropriate based on the heading on which you approached the fix. What if you are going to arrive at the holding fix on a boundary between the sectors for the two non-direct entries?

IFR Fix: No shaded area

IFR Fix | 2013, 02 19

It's the climactic moment of every instrument approach under actual instrument conditions: When will you find the runway--or components likely to lead to it very quickly--and switch over to visual references for landing?

IFR Fix: Crossing LAFLN

IFR Fix | 2013, 02 08

Checking the chart to see what lies ahead along the airway, you scrutinize an intersection 14 miles distant, where another airway crosses. There's a difference in the low-altitude enroute chart's depiction of how each airway arrives at the fix.