June 2016 Issue

IFR In The Mountains

Doing it right means reviewing departure procedures and VFR charts is part of your preflight planning. You’re gonna need a bigger EFB.

A cardinal rule of mountain flying is to always be mindful of places where the terrain climbs faster than the airplane, and then avoid them. This isn’t exclusively a backcountry issue—you don’t have to fly in the Western U.S. or in the mountains to get bitten—there are plenty of airports on the U.S. East Coast where we can run into things if we can’t climb well enough or if we stray off the published route, whether IFR or VFR.

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