Every year, pilots continue to fly inadvertently from visual flight conditions into instrument flight conditions, known as VFR into IMC, and the results are often fatal. In fact, VFR into IMC is the worst weather-related cause of accidents each year with a fatality rate of 86 percent in non-commercial fixed-wing aircraft. And it’s not only VFR pilots who get trapped; about one-third of these accidents involve instrument-rated pilots.
To address this persistent problem, the AOPA Air Safety Institute created a new campaign for 2022 called VFR into IMC: Avoidance and Escape to promote aviation safety. This campaign is based on the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s research, analysis, education, and outreach.