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September 2007 Issue

IFR Into VMC

Pilots who regularly file and fly IFR can find themselves with some very rusty VFR skills right when they might need them the most.

If you’re Instrument-rated and current, you almost certainly own at least a modest complement of IFR charts and approach plates. Of course, the odds are you still make a number of flights under VFR and, if you’re like me, you probably always have a couple of current Sectionals in your flight bag. But many Instrument-rated pilots from time to time find themselves so accustomed to the IFR "system" that the idea of going VFR and not talking to someone seated at a radar scope gives them the shakes. Also, flying a full VFR traffic pattern has been known to induce severe trauma in even the most jaded IFR pilots.

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