April 2007 Issue

Engine-Out IFR Approach

You’re IMC, the engine just quit and the nearest airport doesn’t have a published approach. How to use your GPS to create an instrument approach to that runway.

You’ve been in the clag for what seems like hours. The monochromatic gray outside the windows is broken only by the raindrops streaking up your windscreen and meandering back at a slower pace along your side windows. You’ve turned off your strobes, but you can see the reassuring red and green glow of the recognition lights at your wing tips, reflected back from the thick grayness.

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