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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.

Pilot Cousel: Running on empty (2)

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Last month I reviewed the minimum fuel requirements for flight in VFR conditions. This month I am on to the IFR requirements, with some of its more important nuances and interpretations.

IFR Fix: The weather window

IFR Fix | Nov 29, 2013

The slower-than-expected movement of the weather system was a good break today, but what does it mean for tomorrow’s return trip back toward the weather?

IFR Fix: Few clouds at 700

IFR Fix | Nov 22, 2013

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

IFR Fix: Worse weather wanted

Article | Nov 18, 2013

Before this phase of the flight, terrain was of no concern—a state of situational awareness underscored by the topographic blankness of IFR charts.

Question of the week: IFR flight plan

Article | Nov 15, 2013

Question: You've filed an IFR flight plan and departed from an airport that underlies a Class B airspace floor of 2,000 feet. The weather is great so you planned on obtaining your IFR clearance once airborne. You've contacted ATC and the controller replied with your call sign and instructed you to stand by. May you continue your climb into Class B airspace?

IFR Fix: An uneventful flight

IFR Fix | Nov 11, 2013

The pilot attributed his errant decision-making to "my determination not to disappoint a friend." Has your determination not to disappoint a passenger in your aircraft ever degraded your piloting judgment, putting you in a tight spot?

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?

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

From reader David West: What was the North American T–6 Mosquito?

Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

Veteran airline captain and GA legend Barry Schiff enters the paper versus electronic chart debate with Senior Editor Dave Hirschman.

Waypoints: Coming to terms

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

It’s a simple Sunday afternoon flight on a very VFR day, and yet I feel anxious and uncertain.

Quick Look: Bombardier Learjet 45

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

When it was introduced in the early 1990s, the Learjet 45 was the first clean-sheet Learjet design since the first-generation Model 23 helped bring business aviation into the jet age in the early 1960s.

IFR Fix: The RASS factor

IFR Fix | Oct 28, 2013

The weather broadcast should be audible by now. Great time for a glitch to show up.

IFR Fix: ‘The runway seemed very close’

IFR Fix | Oct 21, 2013

The crew credited their awareness of contrary indications to their company's policy of backing up all approaches with available navaids, which is a good practice for any pilot.

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.

Dogfight: Tower or no tower

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Uh, oh. Senior Editor Dave Hirschman takes on his boss—Editor in Chief Tom Haines—in this discussion on which is the better airstrip: one with an air traffic control tower or one without.

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: 'Awfully close to the houses'

IFR Fix | Sep 23, 2013

Two retired airline pilots were shooting instrument approaches and taking turns acting as safety pilot. On the day’s last approach, something didn’t look right.

IFR Fix: BADDA BINGG

IFR Fix | Sep 13, 2013

Even if you never fly to this destination, the IAP makes good review material for a ground session of an IFR proficiency session.