Learning Experiences

April 2001 Issue

The IPC From Hell

“Are you ready for your new clearance?” the controller asked. “You must be joking,” I thought, but I said, “Yes”

I figured, what can be so hard about an IPC? I had 30 hours of hard IMC flight in the past 180 days and 34 approaches. I didn’t even need the check ride to stay legal – all I was missing was a hold. However, good sense says that a semiannual check is a good idea, even if you don’t technically need it.

I made a date with my local DPE and occasional instructor. I told him I wanted an informal but demanding couple of hours, doing things that I wouldn’t normally do. The morning dawned with low IMC but VFR conditions were forecast for the afternoon when we were meeting. As a precaution, I filed IFR sequentially to two local airports, and then back home.

“Ah, you’ve filed – we might as well...

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