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IFR Fix: Maximum magenta

Article | Apr 19, 2013

The altitude was one of only two numbers spoken in the radio call from the center controller, but not one the pilot would want to miss if reception were poor in the low altitudes after departure: “Leaving 3,000 feet,” the controller said, “Turn left to heading 270; when able proceed direct Augusta.” If you haven’t heard an ATC call like that one, eventually you will, because those are the type of instructions a flight receives from an air route traffic control center on initial call-up after departure from an airport not served by either radar approach/departure control or a control tower. (This airport’s tower is scheduled to close.) The “altitude leaving” part is there because a controller can’t give you an IFR clearance until you are above the sector’s minimum vectoring altitude (unless you can climb in VFR conditions).

IFR Fix: Controlled airspace, sort of

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Want to get a pilot off his high horse? Ask him to tell you about Class E airspace. Not just to change the mood during a hangar session.

Policy change expands IFR alternate-airport choices

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Pilots on IFR flight plans will be able to plan for a GPS-based instrument approach at either the destination or the alternate—but not both—under a policy change that drops the prohibition on choosing an alternate based on a GPS approach. AOPA has long advocated for measures to expand IFR navigation options for general aviation, and welcomed the announcement as timely when satellite-based procedures now outnumber by 30 percent those using ground-based navaids.

IFR Fix: ‘Half-baked verbal briefings’

Article | Apr 08, 2013

Quick—what’s the textbook definition of true airspeed? Do you keep track of TAS in flight? Can you discuss a circumstance in which TAS would trigger a mandatory-reporting requirement during an IFR flight? TAS, says the book, is calibrated airspeed “corrected for nonstandard pressure and temperature.” The two are identical in standard atmosphere at sea level. Under other conditions, find TAS by correcting calibrated airspeed for pressure altitude and temperature.

Topics IFR, Technique

Mar. 29, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 29, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 13 — March 29, 2013 172 to L-39: The jump to jets IFR quiz: Cross-country to Crescent City Safety report looks at loss of control QUIZ ME: PROCEDURE TURN NOT REQUIRED Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured 172 to L-39: Making the jump to jets Diving from 17,000 feet, the airspeed increasing to more than three times what the pilot is used to in a Cessna 172, the instinct to pull out of the back side of a 6,000-foot-vertical loop is premature and aggressive.

Mar. 29, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Mar 29, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 13 — March 29, 2013 Agonic airports Tower’s closed, what now? Plane Spotter: CASA 212 Final Exam: All about VMC Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Agonic airports A student pilot is planning a cross-country flight from Hannibal Regional Airport in Missouri to Iowa’s Washington Municipal Airport. Adding a wind correction angle to the true course as taught, the trainee determines the true heading, and then proceeds to check the compass card for deviation before determining the compass heading to be flown.

IFR Fix: The ‘unexpected situation’

Article | Mar 25, 2013

What comes to mind on reading the words “IFR and stalls”? Visceral reactions aside, probably very few IFR aviators would read that phrase, wave a hand in dismissal, and move on to more provocative subjects. Likely even fewer insist that solid chunks of their proficiency flying focus on handling near-stall IFR scenarios, including while flying “under the hood.” View-limited or not, what kinds of near-stall scenarios is an instrument pilot likely to confront? The pilot of a Lancair 4 climbing through flights levels encountered quick-forming ice and nearly stalled; the aircraft was flying on the autopilot at the time.

Mar. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 22, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 12 — March 22, 2013 SEQUESTER'S PERSONAL TOLL IFR FIX: A 'PREDETERMINED MANEUVER' ABC STORY ON CRASHES FLAT WRONG QUIZ ME: MAX SPEED Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Harrison Ford rallies support for ATC towers "It's about safety and jobs," reiterated Harrison Ford time and time again as he addressed the House General Aviation Caucus March 19.

IFR Fix: A ‘predetermined maneuver’

Article | Mar 18, 2013

An aircraft is inbound on the 144-degree approach course toward an NDB, cleared to a holding fix at the intersection of the 224-degree radial from a VOR. There’s a strong west wind; the pilot has discovered that holding a 160-degree heading steadies the ADF needle 16 degrees left of the fixed card’s 12 o’clock position.

IFR Fix: Next time, write it down

IFR Fix | Mar 08, 2013

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.

FAA eases IFR departure rule for RNAV aircraft

Advocacy | Feb 25, 2013

The FAA, making an exception to a standing rule, has begun to permit aircraft using satellite navigation to receive clearances and depart under IFR from nontowered airports more than 40 nautical miles from an operating ground-based navigation aid, and without radar monitoring.

Feb. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Feb 22, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 8 — February 22, 2013 Student pilot who hit SUV earns ticket IFR Fix: No shaded area TSA urged to break security impasse Quiz Me: Unusable fuel Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Student pilot who hit SUV earns ticket On final approach to landing at Northwest Regional Airport in Texas, Will Davis felt a thud, but he didn’t think he had hit anything substantial.

IFR Fix

IFR Fix | Feb 22, 2013

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?

Topics IFR, Technique

IFR Fix: No shaded area

IFR Fix | Feb 19, 2013

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?

Feb. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Feb 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 7 — February 15, 2013 Peaks, grizzlies, tricky approach UAS in the USA ‘Sequester’ impacts loom Quiz Me: MVAs Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Peaks, grizzlies, a wolf, and a nerve-wracking approach Pines flash by in the periphery as Chet Todd approaches Cabin Creek Landing’s Runway 20.

IFR Fix: Crossing LAFLN

IFR Fix | Feb 08, 2013

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.

Feb. 8, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Feb 08, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 6 — February 8, 2013 Sherpa strikes China certification dealF-15s, a taxicab, and a road graderIndustry responds to ‘loophole’ chargeQuiz Me: VFR fuel requirements Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Sherpa strikes China deal for certification Perhaps you’ve seen it—a Piper Cub lookalike so big you have to use the landing gear as a ladder to reach the cockpit.

IFR Fix: Seeing, but not believing

IFR Fix | Jan 28, 2013

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.

Topics IFR, Technique

Jan. 25, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

ePilot Newsletter | Jan 25, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 4 — January 25, 2013 David Clark: Under pressureIFR Fix: Detonating, and ditchingGPS tracking to speed Alaska rescuesQuiz Me: Cleared into Class B Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content Featured David Clark: Under pressure Perched at the edge of a capsule 128,100 feet above the Earth, Felix Baumgartner marveled at how small it all looks, waved, bent his knees, and dropped into space. He broke the sound barrier in seconds, protected from a near-vacuum that would have boiled his blood in an instant only by a David Clark Co.

IFR Fix: Detonating, and ditching

IFR Fix | Jan 18, 2013

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

Don't let the ground loop get you

Article | Jan 17, 2013

The sense of being powerless in an aircraft is terrifying. Pilots are trained to control the airplane and correct dangerous situations that arise. But in this developed, low-speed ground loop demonstration, I'm powerless. Applying full right rudder during the uncontrolled left turn yields no results. Brakes are no help.

IFR Fix: 'Deleted since last cycle'

IFR Fix | Jan 11, 2013

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 | Jan 08, 2013

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