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Features July 2013 Issue

Tame the Fog Monster

This beast can ruin your day, from never launching in the first place to missing the approach in VMC, still on top. But there are ways for a savvy pilot to deal with the monster.

When operating near large bodies of water, especially on the west coast of the United States, you might encounter the “Fog Monster” from the excellent article by Tim Vasquez in the May, 2013 IFR. Since I’ve spent over 20 years under the spell of this weather pattern, I’ve learned that fog is only a symptom of the marine layer that spawns it. So, the monster could be actual fog or low, dense clouds. …

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