March 2019 Issue

Procedure Briefings

Every published instrument procedure has some common elements you need to learn about. Itís best to know them before you need them.

I donít recall my exact reaction the first time I contemplated an instrument approach procedure via its plate, but it probably was something along the lines of, ďYouíve got to be kidding me.Ē How can any pilot be expected to fly to such exacting detail? As time went on, I learned more about instrument flight, associated procedures and what to look for on the small, black-and-white paper charts they were printed on. Soon I was able to fool an examiner into thinking I could fly approaches.

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