States And Trends

Proper flight path management, whether VFR or IFR, requires understanding the airplane's state and whether it is changing.

Pilots tend to be pretty good at noting the airplane’s state, that is, whether it is high or low, left or right of target for instrument and visual approaches. Instructors are pretty good at teaching awareness of the airplane’s state, and pointing it out during flight training—“you’re left of course,” “check your altitude,” etc. In […]
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