October 1999 Issue

The Nine Commandments

If you can’t remember all the rules for IFR flight, at least remember these guiding principles

Every semester I teach a course called Integrated Flight Operations. This is the students’ introduction to instrument flying. They learn right off the bat that there is a host of new material, charts and regulations with which they will have to become intimately familiar if they are to be safe instrument pilots. A sample of the text, charts and the AIM demonstrates there is a mound of material to absorb.

After the moans quit and their eyeballs return to their sockets, I pose the question many instrument pilots have been asking themselves for years: “What is the purpose for studying, learning and, in the end, presumably knowing all that ‘stuff’?”

When you boil it down, all the rules, p...

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