Learning Experiences

May 2006 Issue

Learning Experiences: 05/06

I’m a 1000-hour Bonanza pilot with a fair amount of actual IMC experience. I was on my way to the Dekalb-Peachtree Airport outside of Atlanta, a route I fly fairly often. The last hour of the flight was IMC, with the PDK ATIS reporting 800 feet overcast in light rain. Piece of cake; I’ll shoot the ILS approach to Runway 20L. Heck, I might even turn off the iPod and hand fly this one.

I was feeling on top of my 40-something game; I even remembered to check in with the ATIS letter when handed off to approach. Soon I was getting vectors to intercept the 20 Left localizer.

The controller: “Bonanza 12345, you are three miles from Chamb, maintain 3000 until established, cleared to the...

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