June 2002 Issue

Living With Mins

Personal weather minimums won’t solve all your problems, but they’ll keep you out of most of the trouble

[IMGCAP(1)] The pilot-in-command is in control of the safety of the passengers and care of the airplane. His judgment is the deciding factor in whether the flight should go or not go. His decisions are based on his evaluation of the conditions existing for a safe flight. He doesn’t give in to the demands or influences of the passengers.

He also knows he can’t always rely on the FAA weather minimums as guidelines for the safety of his flight. FAA minimums for flight – both VFR and IFR – are the absolute minimum weather conditions to legally fly. They are not – nor were they ever intended to be – the standard every pilot can use to determine the level of safe operating procedures.

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