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The Contact Approach

An often misunderstood outlier of IFR flight, the contact approach can be useful in certain, carefully selected situations.<p>There are three ways to …

IFR Fix: Red flag warning

Unwilling to cut corners, the pilot confesses the dilemma. The instructor points out the "edition effective" dates and times published on the chart …

IFR Focus #16

<b>Understanding the Transitions</b><p>KBZN RNAV and ILS 12<p>In a world of vectors and magenta lines, we rarely sweat the details of transition routes for …

IFR Focus #15

The Importance of Lights<p>Making the Most of Approach Lights<p>A favorite information morsel from instrument training is “being able to descend to 100 …

IFR Focus #14

It’s funny how a simple question can snowball and become a deep dive into our changing approach environment. If you don’t have time for the whole …

IFR Focus #13

It’s a well-worn fact that good habits help keep us safe. Nothing comes for free, however, and the same habit that serves us well most of the time …

IFR Focus #12

Making Avionics Sing<p>I’m an unabashed geek when it comes to avionics. My flight instruction career has lived in parallel to one in technical education …

The complex art of finding the IFR Sweet Spot

Without bustin’ your…<p>There’s a big difference between finding the VFR and the IFR sweet spot on an arrival. Weather doesn’t play much of a role when …

Making The Low-Vis Takeoff

It’s usually not a good idea—and there are no emergency takeoffs—but it’s doable if you and the airplane are ready, you’ve practiced and you follow …

Aviation Safety

Cleared For the Visual

Most of us like to hear those words especially after being beat-up in the clouds for the majority of the trip. But the clearance holds some special …

I Learned About Flying From That: With a Little Help from My Friends

My wife was loading the <i>Freedom Machine</i> with luggage and our three young sons as I entered the Greater Cincinnati FBO to file IFR for the flight back …

Stayin alive - 16 favorite aviation quotes

<i>Stayin’ Alive</i> is the name of a 1977 hit song by the Bee Gees. It was about life in the big city, and the radio stations played it so much I became …

How To Fly An IFR Departure Procedure With A 'Climb Via'

ExpressJet sponsored this story. Check out the full series here. And, if you're ready for an airline career, check out ExpressJet.<p>ExpressJet gave us …

Daniel Berrigan’s 1973 prophecy: Israel is becoming ‘the tomb of the Jewish soul’

<i>After Daniel Berrigan, poet, priest and antiwar leader, died last April 30, the New York Times referred unfavorably in its obituary to a 1973 speech</i> …

Israel

Precautionary Landings: Before It's Too Late

If the weather is deteriorating and the nearest airport is still miles away, a precautionary landing in a field can save the day.<p>For at least the …

Partial Panel Prognosis

For most pilots the risk of instrument failure is remote. But when it happens, you have to be prepared.<p>Partial panel is often viewed as a loss of …

IFR Fix: Danger at the heart of embedded thunderstorms

Then the windshield froze over. “I tunneled out for maybe five seconds while I was trying to wrap my head around what was going on,” one of the …

Thunderstorms

IFR Fix: Unknown problem, imperfect solution

Cleared as filed, you take off, climb to cruise altitude, and join the airway. It’s a familiar and satisfying routine, whether flown in the old …

Don't Mess Up the Miss

It is rare to execute a missed approach at the end of an ILS to minimums. But when it happens you don't want to be all thumbs.<p>So there you are, …

IFR Focus #11

One of the great ironies of IFR flying is that once you have the right to fly through the clouds, you take almost every opportunity to stay out of …

How to Start a Fire Without Matches | The Art of Manliness

There is a primal link between man and fire. Every man should know how to start one. A manly man knows how to start one without matches. It’s an …

$250 million, 300 scientists and 40 labs: Sean Parker’s revolutionary project to ‘solve’ cancer

SAN FRANCISCO — Billionaire Sean Parker, famous for his founding roles at Napster and Facebook, is backing an unconventional $250 million effort to attack cancer that involves persuading hundreds of the country’s top scientists — who often are in competition with each other — to join forces and …

Immunotherapy

IFR Focus #10

Decision Time<p>Some decisions don’t allow the luxury of contemplation. Every instrument pilot knows at least one of these decisions in the depths of …

Flying IFR in Older Aircraft

When is an airplane too old for the clag? Can retrofit glass bring new life or is the risk too high?<p>A reader recently questioned the wisdom of flying …

Buzz Jobs: A Frank Discussion

When it comes to preventing low-flying accidents, the "just don't do it" method of prevention hasn't worked. It's time to talk openly about what's …

Short and Soft-Field Takeoffs

Short-field landings are all about using excellent technique to get your airplane into a tight spot. That same technique, however, can put you in an …

Aviation Safety

How To Survive An Engine Failure Immediately After Takeoff

An engine failure is always something that will get your blood pumping, but there's one place where it can be particularly pulse-pounding: <b>immediately</b> …

Instrument Proficiency

We often use the phrase to express our skill level in piloting operations. But what should we be looking for to consider ourselves safe?<p>According to …

IFR Focus #9

Off-Route Thinking<p>Student pilots learn by rote the visibility differences between controlled and uncontrolled airspace—and then completely forget …

IFR Focus #1

Welcome to IFR Focus<p>IFR Focus is a cross between a monthly blog and an in-depth article. Content-wise it’s serious IFR, delving into a specific IFR …