Features

October 2009 Issue

Inadvertent IFR

Without an IFR ticket, avoiding IMC requires proper preflight planning. Since merely wishing you were back in VMC wonít work, what comes next is crucial.

There are times when every pilot wishes. Wishes the weather was better; wishes the airplane was newer; wishes it was better equipped and wishes that he hadnít promised passengers they would be home on time. And thatís usually the way it begins. Wishful thinking for weather-involved flight, in marginal VFR conditions. Fog, rain and low ceilings are important causes of weather-related general aviation accidents. These accidents can be further broken down; inadequate preflight planning and preparation make up a large percentage. Trying to fly VFR in IFR weather is another. Major risks are those pilots who operate beyond their ability, beyond their IFR currency and beyond their experience levels in IFR.

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