September 2017 Issue

Top Five IFR Mistakes

Once you’re behind the airplane, getting back out in front can be a challenge. Good planning and cockpit management skills can save the day.

Whether we want to admit it or not, human flight by reference to instruments alone is an unnatural act. To determine up from down or left from right without a natural horizon, we need hours of training, and even more hours of regular practice. We also need a decently equipped airplane, stuffed with radios, colorful moving maps, some gyroscopes or their electronic equivalent, and more than a few charts, telling us where to go and how to get there.

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