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IFR Fix: 'Go around or sidestep'

IFR Fix | Mar 05, 2014

Describe a scenario where the potential for destabilization is intrinsic to the approach.

Question of the week: IFR contact approach

Article | Mar 03, 2014

Question: When operating IFR, a contact approach may be an option if certain conditions are met. However, in all your years of flying you don’t recall ATC ever offering a contact approach to you as an option. Why not?

IFR Fix: Sorry, wrong number

IFR Fix | Feb 21, 2014

Two go-arounds and a rejected takeoff would provide a day’s drama at many airports. When they all happen at once, with the go-arounds head-on, only luck averts disaster.

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.)

UPDATED VERSION OF AOPAS FLYQ EFB OFFERS INCREASED SAFETY AND IFR FEATURES

News release | Feb 12, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and partner Seattle Avionics have released Version 1.3 of the popular iPad application, FlyQ EFB, with new functions that include ADS-B traffic display, night mode, instrument procedure overlays and more.

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?

IFR Fix: 'Missed the gorilla'

IFR Fix | Jan 28, 2014

The question isn’t whether turbulence will distract you. The question is how long it will divert your attention, and what the consequences will be.

IFR Fix: Expect a visual approach

IFR Fix | Jan 21, 2014

With the airport in sight, don’t relax so much that you discard your aircraft’s electronic navigation capabilities.

IFR Fix: Next exit 4,000 feet

IFR Fix | Jan 06, 2014

Hitting your touchdown spot just right and exiting the runway promptly at a safe taxi speed brings appreciation from the tower.

IFR Fix: Green, on paper

IFR Fix | Dec 27, 2013

When it comes to determining who has the most experience, it can depend on the the flight operation and the experiences the pilot has encountered in the past, no matter the number of hours on paper.

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.

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.