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IFR Fix

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.

IFR Fix: Beating the 24-second clock

IFR Fix | 2013, 02 01

Here's the plan. Fly the ILS RWY 5 approach to Lawrence (Mass.) Municipal Airport via the transition from the BEDDS compass locator. A distraction could complicate the task.

IFR Fix: Seeing, but not believing

IFR Fix | 2013, 01 28

It wasn't supposed to be a difficult approach. Now, as you near decision height, you yearn for a glimpse of the threshold, runway markings, or the haloed gleam of a lighting system.

IFR Fix: Detonating, and ditching

IFR Fix | 2013, 01 18

You have hardly raised the landing gear when you are on instruments, en route to the first fix. Then, is that engine roughness?

IFR Fix: 'Deleted since last cycle'

IFR Fix | 2013, 01 11

A question that stirred up much debate among instrument pilot readers is now academic. Readers who pondered whether a “NoPT” notation on an instrument approach procedure to Kingston-Ulster Airport in New York was valid or erroneous will now find that the IAP has been “deleted since last cycle.”

IFR Fix: 'Legend has it'

IFR Fix | 2013, 01 08

Here’s a chance to put your IFR knowledge to the test.

IFR Fix: 'Just an insurance policy'

IFR Fix | 2013, 01 02

As New Year's resolutions go, this one is a lark: Fly two friends to a class reunion in Woodstock, N.Y., in the high-performance single that your FBO has just placed in service.

IFR Fix: What goes around

IFR Fix | 2012, 12 21

An aircraft is bound for the holding fix after a missed approach at Alton/St. Louis Regional Airport. Should the pilot fly a parallel entry or a teardrop entry to the hold?