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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.

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?

IFR Fix: Two whooshes

Article | Aug 30, 2013

The last transmission from the aircraft before it struck trees on short final was the pilot canceling the IFR flight plan.

IFR Fix: A glint of sunlight

IFR Fix | Aug 19, 2013

Now it’s clear why your instrument instructor asked you for confirmation that all your nav systems were working for today’s proficiency flight. You’ll need a full panel to complete the ILS RWY 5 approach to Anniston (Ala.) Regional Airport.

IFR Fix: The vertigo vaccine

IFR Fix | Aug 12, 2013

Are you vaccinated against vertigo? That would be useful, but don't look for the cure within the health care system. Start in your logbook.

IFR Fix: 'To avoid confusion'

Article | Jul 26, 2013

It’s hard to argue that having to copy a detailed set of alternate missed approach instructions at 300 feet above minimums is highly disruptive.

IFR Fix: Full steam ahead?

Article | Jul 23, 2013

How should an instrument trainee choose between a "steam gauge" aircraft and a glass cockpit?

IFR Fix: 'I have your request'

Article | Jul 16, 2013

You want to tell ATC that the clearance you accepted has placed you in turbulence bordering on severe, and you want out.

IFR Fix: Between SATAN and SCUPP

Article | Jul 10, 2013

Don't let your IFR destination become your destiny.

IFR Fix: No tops reports

Article | Jun 25, 2013

When you want to know where the tops are, you usually want to know right now. But tops reports can be elusive at best.

Topics IFR, Technique

IFR Fix: On course for MAARS

Article | Jun 19, 2013

Whether it's a 1980s gyro instrument or a NextGen navigation system, it's only as good as its operator.