February 2018 Issue

Choosing An Alternate

Itís not that complicated, but it does have a lot of moving parts. But donít let the rules limit your ultimate choices.

Most IFR operations donít require an alternate airport. Thatís because the advertised weather often is better than required to select one and list it in a flight plan. That doesnít mean we shouldnít at least have something in mind as an alternative place to land if, say, some nummy lands gear-up at your destination or, as we saw in December 2017, an entire major airport finds itself without power.

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