December 2010 Issue

Partial-Panel Prep Tips

Handling a partial-panel situation requires more than an hour or so of practice every year. Use these tips to stay ahead of problems and deal with any that occur.

Instrument failure doesnít happen often. But when it appears in an accident report, itís almost universally fatal. Instrument failure is part of the required syllabus for the IFR rating, and on the list of items to be included in an instrument proficiency check (IPC). While failures not resulting in an accident or incident arenít reported, the record shows a casual, once-in-a-while demonstration of partial-panel skills doesnít prepare many pilots when an instrument actually fails in IMC. Here are 10 tips you can use in the course of every flight to prepare yourself for partial panel.

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