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September 2016 Issue

An Instrument Proficiency Check Each Year

If you fly serious IFR, and especially if you don’t, you should get a yearly instrument proficiency check, whether or not you think you need it.

There’s no question in my mind; instrument pilots who fly IFR without proficiency are an accident waiting to happen. They used to call it “competency” but the word, I suspect, has negative connotations that the FAA wanted to avoid. I say call it what it is. After all, what competent human would put his life—and the lives of his passengers—in jeopardy deliberately? That’s what a pilot who has not practiced IFR or is unfamiliar with the avionics in his aircraft does when he or she blasts off into cloud.

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