April 2010 Issue

When It’s Too Bad For IFR, Go VFR

A lot of situations can make IFR riskier than flying the same route VFR, even if the en route workload might be higher.

Having the instrument rating opens up a wide range of options for planning and completing flights our VFR-only brethren canít make. But the instrument ticket usually is not a piece of paper allowing go-anywhere, anytime capability, especially when used with most personal aircraft. Often, however, the same flight can be completed safely by staying VFR. More planning may be required, and youíll likely be busier than if you went IFR, but safety isnít likely to be compromised. Here are some reasons you might want to stay VFR, and ways to do it safely.

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