September 2007 Issue


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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