January 2008 Issue

Undertrained Instrument Rated Pilots

Reliably using a fresh instrument rating means we need to fly in the clouds during our training.

Itís relatively commonplace to earn the instrument rating without ever having flown in a cloud. Thankfully, our double-I welcomed our wish for training in as much IMC as we could find. We were fortunate: Other instrument instructors with whom we were familiar at the time refused to provide any training in IMC. The point is a new instrument pilot has no idea what he might be getting himself into in those first few unsupervised hours after earning the rating unless heís seen some IMC and can reliably translate a weather report of 400 overcast and a couple milesí visibility into what heíll see on the approach.

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