January 2016 Issue

Which IFR Emergencies Should We Practice?

All of them, of course, as part of an organized proficiency-oriented training regimen, with appropriate backup systems to minimize the drama.

By the time someone is sent for the instrument check ride, he or she is expected to know the emergency procedures in the appropriate POH as well as how to deal with failures affecting the airplane’s ability to fly in IMC. A cross-section of the bad news stuff is discussed during the oral portion of the practical test and demonstrated in flight. But what’s a little frightening is that the IFR check ride often marks the high point of an instrument pilot’s ability to deal with an emergency.

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