October 2007 Issue

Flying In The Margins

Understanding and flying marginal VFR weather involves more than just playing the game of ceiling and visibility numbers.

In some ways VFR flying can be more challenging than flying under instrument flight rules. Apart from achieving the skill of being able to read and understand the instruments, controlling an aircraft solely by reference to them, talking to and taking notes from ATC and planning your next moveóall at the same timeóIFR flying is almost entirely built upon procedures. Compared to VFR flying, itís about as intuitively challenging as rendering a picture by the use of numbered colored pencils. When the weather is marginal and youíre flying under visual flight rules, the challenge comes from knowing how to interpret a different set of numbers.

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