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IFR Fix: A full-scale deflection

IFR Fix | Apr 01, 2014

When the CDI became fully deflected, time was up for troubleshooting a glitchy GPS.

Weather Watch: Convective coverages

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

Whether you believe in global warming or not, here’s a hard fact: the days are getting warmer as we make our way toward summer.

Waypoints: Before the magenta line

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

An important anniversary passed in mid-February without fanfare.

FAA should drop flawed airway changes, seek input

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

AOPA will request that the FAA drop a proposal to eliminate some airway segments in connection with the scheduled decommissioning of the Peck, Mich., VOR.

Weather Watch: Trouble on top

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

Flying in on-top conditions is always held up as some sort of Holy Grail.

IFR Fix: Constructive comments

IFR Fix | Feb 18, 2014

Readers helped explain that often you can fly an approach to one runway but circle to another for landing. (Are there exceptions? Yes.)

IFR Fix: 'The dark side of automation'

Article | Feb 07, 2014

The unpronounceable object is a computer navigation fix (CNF). Now that you know that, ignore it.

IFR Fix: 'Confusion reigned'

IFR Fix | Feb 03, 2014

Can you identify the misunderstanding that was developing between the parties during an approach to Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport?

Stakeholder panel urged for RNAV route development

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2014

AOPA is urging the FAA to improve its development of RNAV terminal routes (T-routes) as ground-based navaids are decommissioned.

Training Tip: Links in a chain

Article | Jan 20, 2014

It’s said that an accident results from a chain of events.

FAA urged to improve RNAV route development

Advocacy | Jan 02, 2014

Satellite navigation offers great efficiency for terminal airspace routings, but the FAA’s use of it has not always improved on existing Victor airway-based transitions.

IFR Fix: 'Vertical what?'

IFR Fix | Dec 20, 2013

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 | Dec 13, 2013

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 | Dec 09, 2013

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: Few clouds at 700

IFR Fix | Nov 22, 2013

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

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

From reader John Ritchie: True or False? It is impossible for a jet fighter to shoot itself down by flying into its own gunfire.

Five more instrument simulator apps

Article | Nov 15, 2013

Five instrument simulator apps cover everything from improving radio nav skills to showing an altimeter.

Apps to practice, review your flight

Apps of the week | Nov 04, 2013

With everything that needs to be managed and monitored in a cockpit, pilots need to be at the top of their game. Developers have created apps to help pilots practice on the ground through simulation and record flight information in the air that can be reviewed and shared after a flight.

IFR Fix: 'Random impromptu routings'

IFR Fix | Nov 01, 2013

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

Stay sharp with simulation

Article | Oct 12, 2013

PC simulator expert Bruce Williams covered the multitude of ways simulation can help pilots in a seminar at AOPA Aviation Summit.

IFR Fix: The 40-mile miss

Article | Oct 11, 2013

“Are you tough enough?” is the tourism motto of Battle Mountain, a mining and ranching town ringed by mountains in Nevada’s Humboldt Valley.

IFR Fix: 'Probably just the gauge'

IFR Fix | Oct 07, 2013

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 | Sep 27, 2013

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: Radar contact lost

IFR Fix | Sep 06, 2013

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?